What is Ethical Clothing (& Why Does it Matter)?
I talk a lot about ethical clothing, wardrobes and companies on here. My entire book is dedicated to helping you build an intentional, intuitive wardrobe, and I also offer one-on-one sessions for style guidance. I only work with ethical companies. But I've never stopped to talk about what exactly that means. Here's the thing though - what that means will be different for each and every one of us.
The Bigger Picture
Deciding what an ethical wardrobe means to you does not mean just thinking about clothing; it is a small part of a much bigger picture. I believe our wardrobes should never be something that is separate or unconsidered - they should be a reflection of our lives as a whole. Having to consider what ethical clothing means to you forces you to consider your values and ethics as a whole. What is important to you? What values do you live your life by? What do you want to accomplish in your life as a human?
What Ethical Clothing Means to Me
Of course, we all have different values and goals. This means that how we will define ethical clothing will be different as well. There isn't a blanket statement saying "your closet should be done THIS way" (although I will say at the very basic, no one should ever die or be harmed while making your clothing - we should all agree on that). The whole point of building an intuitive wardrobe is that it has meaning to YOU and fits YOUR life.
For me, it means no harm came to any humans in the process of my clothing being made. The clothing must be sustainable, in regards to both the environment and cultures/communities. I am supporting people, communities and cultures, not corporations. The fabrics are as natural as possible and cause minimal damage to the environment. Pieces that I buy will last for a lifetime, not just a couple months. The companies I support have philosophies that align with my own. I will always buy handmade or small business made over something from a large company. For me, it's extremely important that anything I consider purchasing falls within these lines. Not only does it mean I am buying less, but I feel better about every single thing that I buy, and am happy wearing it for years to come.
What Does it Mean to You?
Figuring this out is definitely a process - it took me a long time to figure it out. At the beginning I wasn't sure what to ask to narrow down this definition. Now, I've got a list of questions that I go through with clients to help them figure it out. And, I’ve decided to share it with you FOR FREE! Sign up below or head to the free resources section of the site to start