"Eco-Chic" is in.
By Mackenzie Watson
Trendy fashionistas are becoming more conscious of sustainable fashion; not as a trend, but as a meaningful movement. More people are starting to question where their clothes are coming from, who is making them, and what effects they have on the environment. Sustainable fashion supports clothing that is made by workers under ethical conditions, and have a limited to no negative impacts on the environment. To learn more about sustainable fashion, follow these top 5 bloggers and must-read websites:
1. Sustainably Chic
Created by Natalie in 2014, Sustainably Chic provides responsible fashion tips and guides, covering everything from jewelry to swimwear and information about other ethical lifestyle shopping choices like snacks and beddings. This blog also has a section that breaks down everything you need to know right away into “conscious lists”—the perfect quick-read while on the train or sipping your coffee. Her aesthetic is light and chill, perfect for someone who enjoys statement or trendy pieces but loves an overall chic, simple look.
Check out her blog Sustainably Chic and follow her Instagram @sustainablychic
2. Zero Waste Home
Bea Johnson created a lifestyle for herself that included leading a meaningful, fulfilling life through experiences rather than having “stuff” back in 2008. Since then, she has created a movement revolving around minimalism and consciousness. She provides five guidelines, or “5R’s” that she encourages others to follow: “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (and only in that order).” Bea promotes minimalist fashion, which can be read about in her capsule wardrobe articles. For those that don’t know, a capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items that can be worn and styled in multiple ways. In other words, a versatile closet. This can be hard to achieve—so follow Bea to learn the tips and tricks.
Check out Bea’s blog at www.zerowastehome.com and follow her Instagram @zerowastehome
3. Style Me Sustainable
Jessika has made Style Me Sustainable the go-to if you’re looking to shop brands that support sustainable fashion. The title of the blog says it all; they provide the perfect style guide for sustainable fashion newbies. They list the must-have ethical pieces that consist of timeless and simple styles. Who knew recycled jewelry could look so elegant? One large aspect of sustainability within the fashion industry is the art of making something that can be repeatedly worn in different ways—this can be the first step in transforming your closet. Many brands featured on this blog do just that, with a chic and versatile touch.
Read more about this blog at www.stylemesustainable.com and follow on Instagram at @stylemesustainable
4. Fashion Revolution
“Be Curious. Find Out. And Do Something” -- Fashion Revolution is all about the who, what and where your clothes are coming from. They are the place to go if you want to learn more about the negative sides of what the fashion industry is (unfortunately) currently like. This blog has done all the research you need to get motivated to start a closet revolution. You can get more involved with downloads available on their website that include everything needed to begin the change; From questioning brands to writing to a policymaker, all of these important steps can truly lead to a fashion revolution.
Learn everything at www.fashionrevolution.com and follow on Instagram @fash_rev
5. Eco Warrior Princess
Eco Warrior Princess was founded by Jennifer Nini. It began as a blog but transformed into a go-to website that publishes posts on important topics. They cover: sustainability, social justice, ethical business, feminism, green living and politics. Basically, this is the place to go if you want to be in the loop of all things that need ethical change. I love this site because they have articles written by different people, so their ideas are always fresh and have great perspectives. Under the fashion section, they even break down further into everything from sleepwear to activewear.
Browse their website at ecowarriorprincess.net and follow their Instagram @ecowarriorprincess