To me conscious fashion means… being intentional with my wardrobe. It’s not just thinking about where my clothes come from, but also what I have and whether or not I truly need a new item. It’s thinking about fashion items from inception to end of life and how I fit into the process.
What influenced you to start thinking more about how your clothes are made?
I first started thinking about my clothes after I read about sweatshop labor overseas. I didn’t know how to research companies, but I did find a few good articles that rated companies on different categories. It was really when I watched a video about capsule wardrobes that I really became involved in minimizing my wardrobe. It was only after I came across conscious clothing channels on YouTube that I really was equipped with the tools to know what to look for in sustainable fashion.
What have you learned or discovered on your conscious fashion journey?
I’ve learned that there’s always more to learn, but I can make a difference with what I know already. I’ve learned what’s important to me in the fashion industry for making impactful changes and I don’t think that learning will ever end. Small incremental changes have led me to significant changes in my shopping habits overall.
Do you have any difficulties with shopping inline with your values or areas you’re working on improving?
Undergarments and specialty items are still the most difficult because most of the time they cannot be bought second hand, but I’ve found that if I keep searching I will eventually find a good solution. A company that works for me today may not in the future, so I know that I can’t stop researching, but I do have a good list of companies that I know I can rely on right now.
What are your wardrobe staples?
Jeans and casual shirts are a big staple for me most of the year. For work, I tend to wear dresses and mix/match skirts and tops. I love tights in the winter to keep me warm under skirts. In the summer I wear the same pair of sandals almost every day and in the winter I live in boots.
What is your advice to someone new to conscious fashion?
There’s a lot to learn and a lot of information out there, but it isn’t always easy to find or process. Take it one step at a time. Make small changes to start where you can, and set goals to learn more or find more ways to change your shopping habits. You can make a difference even by not buying one item of clothing and you will make a bigger difference as you become more aware and make small changes in line with your values.