As Eco Fashion Week continues and Fashion Revolution Week approaches, I thought I’d highlight all the fashion ways to be conscious about your fashion. This is an update of a 2015 post, with new links to all of my favourite online fashion resources!!
One of the best ways to go Eco with your fashion is to keep clothes out of the landfill. It’s always a good idea to choose sustainably made duds, but there are so many beautiful fashion items in the world, why not buy those and decrease the demand for brand new product?
The other pro about resale sites is that you can clean out and renew your closet without throwing textiles and accessories into the garbage. One of the biggest resale sites is Thred Up, where you can buy and sell some of the most popular brands on the market today. Unlike Depop, which you can find below, you don’t shop from individuals but you can filter by brand or type of clothing. You might just find a piece that you were coveting a few seasons back!
I love the idea of Thred Up. One of the best parts of this resale website is that it offers a free companion app, so that you can buy and sell right from your smartphone. However, the bad part of Thred Up is that it currently operates in the U.S. only. All us international conscious fashionistas are currently out of luck.
Unless you use Depop! If you live in Europe, you may have already heard of Depop. However, this app for Android and iPhone is a relatively new phenomenon elsewhere in the world. And if you haven’t heard of Depop and you love fashion, you’ve got to get on it right now.
I recently first heard of the app from some of my favourite fashion vloggers, The Fashion Citizen. The app was conceived as a place to buy and sell items, and the interface makes it feel like an Instagram where everything is for sale. There are also tons of home decor items for sale on the app!
And there are some big names you use Depop. You can buy cool girl clothes from Nylon, quirky pieces from Dita Von Teese, and high end labels from fashion bloggers such as Chiara Ferragni.
All of this means that Depop is a great place to sell your unwanted fashion pieces, as well as to buy used fashion pieces at discounted prices or to come across hard-to-find or unique pieces.
And it’s super easy to gain followers — the Depop crowd is hungry for anything unique. It all adds up to a great way to recycle fashion, keeping it out of landfills and lining your pockets with cash to boot!
Other Online Thrift, Vintage, Resale and Consignment
There are plenty of online resources for glamorous folks who are also conscious of the effects that the fashion industry has on the environment. Everyone knows that you have find great second-hand fashion and vintage duds on eBay and Etsy, but they are definitely not the only game online. Here are some other resources:
Another great option for shopping consciously is rental. Some shops, like Rent the Runway and Rent Frock Repeat, offer one designer piece at a time, for a fraction of the original cost. These are amazing for special occasions such as weddings and formal parties.
Other rental shops like Le Tote offer a “Netflix for clothes” model, where you can rent multiple pieces at a time and then swap them out when you’ve had your fill. These are a great way to expand your closet without having to fill it with pieces that you’ll be so over after one wear.
High Fashion Consignment
You can also take to online to shop the closets of the well-heeled. If you’re looking specifically to invest in designer duds at a reduced price, this is a great way to do it! Some of my faves are Vaunte, Tradesy, and The Real Real.
What’s your favorite way to shop conscious fashion? Let me know in the comments!