I’m so excited to share this with you guys! I’ve been working on my personal “minimal wardrobe” capsules for a while and it’s taken me quite some time of donating unused items and slowly but surely adding in the items that I need…most importantly, from fair trade and Eco-friendly companies.
I’ve spent a good chunk of time researching fair trade brands, buying various products and checking quality, etc… So I’ve decided to share my finds with you guys as a gift from me to you! I know a lot of people desire to have an ethical wardrobe, but don’t necessarily know where to start, so that’s what this guide is here for.
I’ll start by sharing the most common brands I shop from and why I love them (if you don’t care about this part, scroll to the bottom for the wardrobe capsule)!
Naja is all about supporting women, which I love! Naja is a fair trade lingerie line, also selling active wear, Eco-friendly clothes made from recycled materials, and swimwear. Naja employs women from around the world and shares their story. Each piece you buy, you get the story of the woman who made it. I love that!
Everlane is all about radical transparency. They want us to know what they pay for, which factories they’re using, what kind of materials are being used, and how much they’re marking it up. And if you’re following their insta, they have “Transparency Tuesdays” where they answer questions from the community, which is always fun to watch.
Everlane is my go-to for high quality wardrobe staples.
I had such a hard time finding fair trade jeans until I found DSTLD. I love them simply because they sell good quality jeans that I don’t feel bad about wearing. They’re one of the few fair trade brands that I’ve found that sells jeans. They also sell other things such as jackets, T-shirts, and more, but I find them to be a little too pricey for my pocket.
Threading water is my favorite because it’s owned by my good friend’s husband. He along with his business partner and friend decided to do something beyond themselves and help provide water wells to families in need. They started by selling T-shirts and using the funds to build the wells, and now they’ve expanded to a full line of fair trade clothes, with a greater purpose. All of their clothes are so soft and great quality, and the best part is that they are so affordable! I was way impressed with the first shirt I bought.
STEF is a local, Austin, TX company, so obviously I love this company, because I’m all about supporting local businesses. The products are hand sewn here in Austin, and I love how unique and modern all the pieces are. It’s definitely more on the pricey side of the spectrum, but it’s not too bad if you’re not over shopping in other areas (Yay minimalism)
YSTR is a similar concept as Stitch Fix, which I used to use on a month-to-month basis! It’s a subscription based service in which you pay a monthly fee, and then clothes show up at your doorstep. It’s an easy way to build a fair trade and minimalist wardrobe. It is however, a little more on the pricey side. You can buy individual YSTR items as well, but again, they tend to be expensive items. I think having an item or two from YSTR is more than enough if you like to splurge on more expensive things every now and again.
Now that I’ve shared some of my favorite conscious brands, let’s get to the good stuff. As I said previously, I’ve been putting together capsules for the seasons (spring, summer, winter and fall), and I thought I’d share with you guys some staples you might want to have! These are clothing items that are timeless and will stay in fashion for a while, so you don’t need to worry about buying something new every season.
These are also general guidelines I like to follow, so if you don’t want to buy these items exactly, I’d say go check out your local thrift store to find a good deal! The “Minimalist Guidelines” that I like to follow are:
- Solid colors, simple patterns (no busy patterns, logos, etc.,)
- Pick 3-5 neutral colors and one accent color to build your color palette
- Buy classic items that will stay in style through the seasons: Skinny jeans have been in style for like 10 years now (before they were originally in style in the 80’s) versus something like Overalls, they kind of go in and out of style.
- QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. This is everything when it comes to a minimalist wardrobe. Stop shopping as frequently and instead save up for a nicer piece that will last you years.
Without further ado, I present to you (drumroll pleaaase)….
The 2017 Ethical Wardrobe Capsule (Female Edition)
- Black Crop Trousers from DSTLD
- Mid-rise/ High Wasted Skinny Jeans from DSTLD
- Dressy high wasted shorts from Everlane
- Casual distressed shorts from DSTLD
- Versatile Pencil Skirt from Everlane
- Basic Casual V-neck from Everlane
- Casual Tank Top from Everlane (the 100% human collection fund helps fight for gender equality)
- Silk Tank Top from Everlane
- Silk Button Up from Everlane
- Cotton Button Up from Everlane
One-Pieces and Formal
- Black Convertible Push Up Bra / Strapless from Naja Co
- Nude Bra from Naja Co (they have a million +1 shades of nude, it’s awesome!)
- Nude Undies from Naja Co.
- Black Undies from Naja Co.
- Sexy Set from Naja Co.
- The most comfortable leggings in the world from Girlfriend
- Spandex shorts (with pockets!!) from Naja Co.
- Sports Bra from Naja Co.
- Versatile Crop Tank Top from Threading Water
- Veja Sneakers
Lounge / Sleepwear
There you have it! Whether or not you go and buy all these products (please by all means don’t do that if you already have summer clothes in your closet), or just use this as a minimalist guide to how to style some basics, I hope you truly find this useful and fun 🙂
I’d love to hear your favorite ethical brands or shopping tips! Let me know your favorite way to shop in the comments below.