Tips for Shopping Sustainably That Won’t Break the Bank

Tips for Shopping Sustainably on a Budget | DARLING

Being a conscious fashionista in a world of fast fashion is a scary thing. With so many temptations to shop the latest trend for ridiculously low prices, it is easy to get derailed from your values. While sustainable fashion might be known for being expensive, it is still possible to shop ethically without breaking your wallet.

Here is a simple guide for how to get started:

1. Shop vintage or second-hand.

With fashion styles coming and going so quickly, never underestimate what you can find in a vintage/secondhand store. These are full of trendy items from barely worn or brand new, to older items that are making a fierce comeback. If you don’t have a lot of vintage shops near you Etsy.com is an online goldmine for sweet one-of-a-kind vintage finds. Check out awesome Etsy shops like Wear It Well Vintage, Paint Your Wagon or Echo Club House to get started.

2. Shop locally.

By supporting small business owners and designers, you will find unique pieces and create relationships within your community. This will allow you to look closer at how the industry works while helping small businesses survive. Another option to shopping local is to check the labels inside garments and make sure it says “Made in the USA,” this way you are not contributing to the horrible consequences fast fashion generates socially. A great way to contribute to the artistic community and find unique affordable items is to visit local fairs or even your local farmers market.

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3. Buy quality vs. quantity.

Instead of buying five fast fashion pieces that won’t last very long, save up for that classic, well-made garment you know you’ll wear for years to come. The satisfaction from this purchase will last much longer and won’t come with any regrets. In many cases, you CAN afford sustainable fashion, but you just choose to go for the cheaper versions and buy quantity, instead of quality. Here are a few trendy, yet classic pieces you will want to splurge on immediately (and skip those crowded mall lines): this black topthese black pants, this white shirt and these navy culottes.

4. Sales!

Sign up on the newsletters of your favorite ethical brands and you will always be the first to find out about special deals and end of season sales, making it easier to splurge on a little sustainable fashion. For example, once you sign up for Amour Vert you will have 15% off your first purchase and you will find out every time they have a new sale. While signing up, check out these cute items (HERE and HERE) that they have on sale right now for less than $50.

 There are hundreds of great businesses trying to do good in the world and so many ways you can be a part of their missions. Although these businesses may not be as easy to seek out as bigger companies, they are out there and with a little help from you (yes, you!) we can help promote and expand the sustainable fashion community!

Remember, every baby step you take towards a more sustainable lifestyle is huge, nothing happens overnight. All it takes to get going is a commitment and that first step! Ready to become a conscious shopper?

Do you specifically budget for sustainable fashion? What works for you?

Images via Monica Outcalt

Alessandra is a Puerto Rican fashion designer, founder of Alessandra Jourdan, a sustainable women’s ready to wear line that doesn’t sacrifice style or ethics, while providing luxurious and unique garments with cork details. Her spirituality and love for the arts allow the designs to create a special connection to nature, reflected in the minimalistic silhouettes and the signature cork leather.

10 COMMENTS
  • Shopping website March 30, 2017

    Like Everyone I work in company. That’s why I am busy as usual have no time to go market. But I need to collect or buy my daily accessories. I am searching for shopping website and I found shoppingmallus.com . I explore shopping website and collect my goods that I need. Now I can collect my goods and manage my time.

  • CLaire December 13, 2016

    Do you have any advice or shop recommendations for women who want to shop sustainably but are plus sized? I wear a size 22 (USA) and almost every sustainable fashion shop I’ve looked at doesn’t carry any sizes even close to mine.

  • Bonnie December 8, 2016

    Please tell us where the shoes are from!

  • Anonymous December 8, 2016

    Great article! Choosing a few select, quality items over quantity is so much more satisfying in the long term.

    • Alessandra December 9, 2016

      Thank you so much! Exactly right, this should be the new norm 🙂

  • Sarai December 6, 2016

    Hi! Thank you for your article! This is something I feel strongly about. I was wondering if you could tell me where the shoes are from that are in the thumbnail, they are gorgeous! Thanks!

    • Lynley December 6, 2016

      I’d also like to know please!

    • Maddie Davis December 7, 2016

      Yes! Where are the shoes from??

      • Alessandra December 9, 2016

        Hi Girls! Im glad you enjoyed the article. The shoes are from Intentionally Blank, aren’t they a beauty? 🙂

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