Only a half a year later, in the winter of 2016, I watched the documentary the True Cost and was convicted that, not only my shopping habits, but also where I shopped needed an overhaul.
Initially, I only allowed myself to shop from thrift stores or from small makers… and then I got pregnant with twins.
I found it impossible to shop exclusively from those two categories while pregnant.
I tried my best to rely on clothing I already owned and maternity clothing from my first pregnancy, but I gained triple the amount of weight with Rosie and Ella ad I did with Kit.
I finally broke down and purchased some maternity clothing… and felt tremendously guilty about it.
Since that time, I wrestled with how ethical fashion was going to work for me. Not on paper, but in real life.
While I 100% support the idea that shopping in an exclusively ethical way is a goal worthy of pursuit, I have come to realize that not everyone (including myself) can do it perfectly all of the time.
So I’ve figured out a happy medium:
- Thrift first.
- Shop locally/from small makers when possible.
- When the first two fail, shop from brands that have high enough quality and timeless enough aesthetics that I’ll wear them for a very long time.
- Never shop from brands that are known for cheap and fast fashion or have been associated with child labor (i.e. Topshop, Zara, H&M, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, etc.).
Is this a perfect solution? Nope!
Will some people deem it “not good enough?” Probably, yes.
Is it a real system that takes into account real life situations, weight gain/loss and “special” circumstances? Yup.
My happy medium.
I hope this encourages anyone out there that wants to pursue ethical fashion, but hasn’t taken the plunge because they know they won’t be able to do it perfectly.
We’re in this together right?
Change one step at a time.
Until next time,