Your guide to building an ethical capsule wardrobe

Beginning of a new year is the best time to make positive change in your lifestyle. How about starting with switching to an eco-friendly wardrobe? Don’t worry, you won’t have to ransack every store for finding the best eco-friendly brands. Here’s your guide to building an ethical capsule wardrobe from the latest issue of LA Fashionista Compassionista Magazine.

Guilty of amassing piles of clothes, shoes and bags, 70% of which you don’t even use? We’ve all been there – getting swayed by the latest trends and sweet offers thrown to us by retailers, and swiping our cards to buy things we don’t need. How many of us think about the environmental impact of our seemingly innocuous purchases?

It’s time to quit shopping from the fast fashion behemoths that not only contribute to the landfills but also exploit humans and animals. Switch to sustainable brands and invest in quality pieces that last beyond season. Building a ‘sustainable’ wardrobe will not only make your life easier every morning since you will have more wearable pieces, but it will also ensure that you can adhere to the motto “buy less, wear more”.

The big question is how to start? The next time you go shopping, skip your fast fashion destination of choice and pay visit to an ethical store {we recommend online}. Look for brands that use certified organic clothing, promote handmade goods, believe in a fair-trade production process and of course are working on reducing their carbon footprint, in whatever way they can. Be aware of the brand you are buying from – you need to cultivate interest in knowing where your clothing comes from, what is it made of, who makes them and how long would it last.

Invest in quality, well-made staples rather than hoarding trendy pieces that you will barely wear. That is not to say we ask you to forego statement buys or taking risk in your fashion choices. But it means making a calculated investment that would include the right mix of more versatile and wearable pieces and a few statement pieces that will add the oomph factor to your everyday look.

Our stylists have picked up the best in eco-friendly fashion for every budget {pocket-friendly to luxury} that will have your ethical naysayer counterparts go green with envy.

P.S. Everything vegan and ethically made.

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1. White Shirt

Investing in the perfect white shirt will be your best wardrobe decision ever, plus it will yield the best return too. We’ve picked the perfect ethical shirt from P.i.C’s capsule collection. This timeless seasonless staple can be worn with everything from your denim minis to sleeveless dresses to your 70s flared jeans, and will ensure you always look stylish.

Click here for details (page 47-49).

2. Dark Blue Skinny Jeans

Finding stylish denim without leather patch can be hard but when you find one which also promotes fair trade and donates a portion of sales to education of disadvantaged children it sounds too good to be true.

We love these mid-rise dark blue denim pants from UK based ethical denim brand Monkee Genes. Wear yours with a sweater and pumps when it starts to get chilly.

Click here for details (page 47-49).

3. Basic tees and tanks

 Basic black, white and grey tank and t-shirts are every wardrobe staples. You can wear them on their own with your denims and skirts or layer it under dresses or jackets. Make sure you get the organic cotton t-shirts to ensure they are not only made from the finest quality cotton, but are also eco-friendly.

Click here for details (page 47-49).

4. Little Black Dress

LBD, as popularly known in the fashion circle, is a no brainer wardrobe staple that can be worn everywhere and in every season. A well-chosen LBD is a good investment and can be part of your wardrobe for years to come. Wear it during the day with a jewel-toned cardigan and flats for shopping or layer with a blazer and pumps for work. Dress it up for an evening look by pairing it with a statement necklace, a clutch bag and strappy heels. The options are endless!

Click here for details (page 47-49).

5. Black Peep-Toe Shoes

It’s just so hard to find the right pair of sustainable leather-free heels. Worry not, we’ve found the perfect pair in these classic peep-toes from NAE that are super stylish, chic and, of course, vegan! This timeless style will get you attention wherever your strut.

NAE Alexia Black Pumps for $118 (Click here for more options).

6. Vegan Leather Jacket

Inject your wardrobe with a dose of cool with a leather biker jacket. This absolute versatile piece pairs well with pretty much everything from the everyday jeans to the maxi skirt to the midi-dress. If you’re wondering, the leather jackets are no more for only the tough biker chicks as its new incarnations can be worn by everyone from the uber stylish to the uptown girls to the very feminine to the babe on a budget and all the stylish ladies in between. Best part? With so many quality eco vegan leather jackets now available, you don’t need to harm an animal for this stylish wardrobe staple.

Click here for our vegan leather jacket pick (page 47-49).

7. Slinky Blouse

A slinky blouse looks feminine and rich worn with everything from trousers to denims to skirts. They’re perfect for days when you feel bloated but still want to look put-together.

Click here for vegan silk blouse pick (page 47-49).

8. Trench Coat

Once worn for it’s utility, a trench coat has made the switch to the chic side of fashion. A classic statement piece, a trench is lightweight yet waterproof, structured yet comfortable, works everywhere and with everything.

Click here for details (page 47-49).

9. Trousers

A well-fitted pair of trousers

Click here for details (page 47-49).

10. Black Tote

Every woman needs a stylish black tote that’s large enough to stow in all her essentials and sturdy enough for everyday wear and tear. Angela and Roi’s vegan tote bag checks all the boxes and comes in perfect size and shape so it can be paired with everything from your summer dresses to tailored work wear to airport style to your Fall coats.

Click here for details (page 47-49).

11. Stylish Rough & Tough Wallet

Upgrade yourself to a stylish wallet that not only scores in the looks department, but meets function and longevity too! With cork and pineapple leather becoming the new age most coveted materials, there’s no need to use your old leather piece that not only comes from cruelty, but has contributed it’s share to planet toxicity too. We love the color-blocked cork wallets from ethical brand Arture. With ample pockets for receipts and currency, card slots and even a smart sim card slot, you’d realize what you have been missing all these years.

Kim Clutch Wallet for $75.


Read full article and get the shopping links on Winter 2016 issue of LA Fashionista Compassionista Magazine.

(Illustrations by Dania Gonzalez)

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