‘Who made your clothes’? In the world of fast fashion, companies are looking to save money. And what’s the quickest way to do it? Cheap and unfair labour practices. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not only pointing the finger at cheap, bargain rich clothing stores. I’m talking about huge designer brands too, who have their fingers in the dirty pie. Paying more doesn’t mean you are getting an ethically made item of clothing.
That’s why I want to tell you that shopping for fair trade and ethical fashion doesn’t have to be one of those things that leaves you with a warm feeling inside, and a big hole in your bank account. It can actually be cheaper than many designer brands, and in lots of cases, you can find bargains that beat the high street.
And remember, if you do choose to shop in the sale on fair trade sites, you’re helping to secure items for next season (advanced payment is used most of time in fair trading)!
This gorgeous fitted dress from Nomads, is full of the joys of Spring. It’s versatile and can be worn dressed up or down.
If you like a pair of light and comfortable trousers to wear as the weather gets warmer, why not buy yourself a pair of these from Charlotte’s Web. I did and I think I’ll be living in them this Summer! Buy the right clothes and you can keep your wardrobe to a minimum.
I couldn’t forget the gorgeous People Tree range – they truly have the most amazing sales, and you always know you’re getting the best quality. This cute Orla Kiely tee is bound to bring out the spring in your step!
And for those of us who love a skirt, here’s one which will go with just about anything, from the Thoughtful Clothing collection at Braintree.
So, before you buy, if you want to make sure that no-one has suffered for you to wear your clothes, please check first. You can check out the Good Shopping Guide for a great guide to fashion! Do a bit of research on the company (or follow my blog for the best brands to buy). Fair Trade is always a safe option if you’re not sure, and it doesn’t have to cost you much to help others towards a better life.
I like to keep my brand new purchases to a minimum now and only buy what I really need, and things that will get proper use. It’s also great to pick up items from charity shops, recycling and helping others at the same time.
Thanks for reading! Have a lovely weekend!