- Banana Republic
- Old Navy
- Target (I try not to buy clothes from here, but I do still buy some household items here but only safe, trusted brands like Seventh Generation)
- Anthropologie (how I love you so but...)
- Ann Taylor
- Urban Outfitters
& the list goes on...
We all do what we can; we're even seeing now that recycling isn't even that great of an option to help our planet, but I digress... So back to my original point, I've started being a more mindful consumer in many ways. It started in March 2015 when I started this blog, after the painful loss of my beloved uncle. I revamped my beauty routine (all hail Follain and S.W. Basics!), started #spiralizing like crazy, completed that incredible life-changing Be Well cleanse, maintained an empowering and strengthening 4-6 day weekly fitness regime, and fell back in love with yoga. I started taking notice of what I was putting into my body, what I was putting on my body, and thus started to think about what I was wearing on my body. Did you know that polyester is one of the worst fabrics to wear? It's so scary to think that what we perceive as a harmless fashionable top can actually potentially cause cancer. And you may roll your eyes and say, "everything causes cancer these days." Yeah, wellp, you're kind of right. And it f*cking sucks. But we do have control over how much exposure we want to detrimental chemicals, as well as how much we want to engage in the decline of our climate, the decline in the health of our fellow humans in other countries creating our everyday products.
Before you say, "it's way too expensive for me to make that kind of shift!" Stop right there. Here's the deal - it will initially feel like you're spending more because you're investing more money up front on a piece that you will likely, ideally, have for years.
However, take a look at your wardrobe. Maybe you have a lot of different pieces that you wear once every couple of months, but then you also have some go-to staples/well-loved pieces that you call upon often. You've heard about capsule wardrobes, which has been gaining popularity more frequently in the past couple of years. It's about having 25-40 pieces (clothes, shoes, accessories...) that you rotate within a season - you never have to stress over what to wear or agonize over what matches what, because ideally you've pared down your wardrobe to strong functional pieces that can be interchanged fairly easily. They're also quality pieces that will last you for years to come. Thus, you are initially investing more up front but it is on a quality piece that you will be able to wear again and again for years, and not have to go to the store every few months to buy something new. You save money in the long run, and value your pieces even more.
Remember: Less is more! More is not [always] more.
So you've heard where I don't shop, so here are some solid companies to check out that I myself support:
Gather & See
& the ultimate go to: The Good Trade
Do what you can, which is more than you realize.