The most sustainable fashion is wearing the clothes that you already own. Look into your wardrobe and extend the life of your clothing. Don't be afraid of people who seem to lead perfect zero waste lives (they don't) and are buying a lot of expensive ethical and sustainable fashion. You can make small, but effective, steps forward by re-wearing your own clothing. It starts with a really simple action.
If the ultimate goal is to change the world’s treatment of workers, and the way that fast fashion is helping to ruin this planet, we can’t make it an elite club with a specific aesthetic. Ethical fashion and minimalism don’t have to go hand-in-hand. Ethical fashion should still be for the “every girl.” It should be for women with less money, for women with different sized bodies, for women of different ethnicities and for women who like collecting things.
One day I was looking at my work room and it was flooded with fabric and scraps all over---I realized that I am part of the industry that is polluting the environment. From that day onwards I made sure that every scrap on the floor was used. I started a zero waste policy and made sure that my tailors who worked for me were paid fairly well and I started slowing down.
Are those leading sustainable fashion companies representative of all people? Ultimately, ethical fashion should speak for itself in answering these questions – not just in the ways its’ relationship with the environment is shown to be ‘ethical’, but especially in the relationship that the industry has with people.
A great way to start your journey in ethical/sustainable fashion is working with what you have and slowly incorporating sustainable items. If you still need a fix for “trendy items” try visiting your local Goodwill and give an item a second life.