Last night, She Has A Name kicked off our latest round of Anti-Human Trafficking Training. It was a packed house filled with men and women of all ages brave enough to enter the abolition community. We dug into labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and demand reduction. Even though I hear the stories and statistics daily, our training is always a fresh reminder of the importance of speaking up, taking a stand, and giving voice to the voiceless.
Last week, I gave a little vision as to why I pursue slow fashion and invest a considerable amount of time into researching where/how my clothes were created. As promised, I created a small list of my favorite ethical brands. There are TOOOONS of resources available for you to find clothing that works for you. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and just want a simple list. I'm sticking with my 5 favorite brands with the caveat that there are plenty more, these are just the ones that I've personally used and enjoyed.
1. My go-to Brand: Everlane
Everlane is my all-time favorite brand because they offer a little bit of everything at reasonable prices. I love their basic tees and dress shirts. I have my eye on the cotton skirt, but fall will be here soon (puh-raise) and I'm not sure a skirt is my best investment.
2. Bras: Naja | Underwear: PACT Organic
Undergarments are a paaaain to shop for. I hate that Victoria's Secret has such a monopoly on this specific department. I always dread bra shopping and want to crawl in a hole every time I walk into VS. Their advertising stresses me out and I don't love their choice of models. PACT has great basic cotton undies while Naja offers a great basic bra. I will say that my Naja bra was pretty uncomfortable to break-in, but now that I've worn it plenty, it's perfect. The initial discomfort is well worth it to me knowing that I didn't contribute to slave-labor.
3. Accessories: LiveFASHIONABLE
I'm obsessed with this company. I have a large tote that I carry daily, a laptop case, and a small cross-body for travel. Super high quality and just so great. A lot of fair trade accessories seem to have a certain "tribal" style that doesn't really suit me. I find FASHIONABLE's accessories perfect for what I'm looking for.
PRO TIP: Every summer they have a HUGE warehouse sale where everything gets marked down by up to 70% off. It's pretty ridiculous, but I scored that $148 cross-body for $35 last month.
4. Swimwear: Hackwith Design House
Another reason to step away from the string bikinis of VS. I love my two piece from Hackwith. Their customer service is impeccable and I feel like a real adult instead of a scantily clad middle schooler when I wear that suit.
PRO TIP: They had a great memorial day sale where I got both pieces of swimwear for $100!
5. Shoes: Nisolo
BAM. THE best every day shoes. I've had the Chukkas for over two years. I wear them DAILY in the fall/winter and they're perfect.
Again, this is a super basic list. You can research multiple companies in each of these categories. I only wanted to post about companies I've personally tried and loved. I'm currently on the hunt for ethical athletic/running shoes. If you have any suggestions, hmu. I'm pretty discouraged in the search thus far and it's getting dire in my 1/2 marathon training for some new kicks.
I hope this helps you take another baby step towards a more ethical wardrobe.