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.
I'm starting to explore small ethical businesswoman that I feel comfortable supporting because I think supporting those who are doing it right is just as, if not more important, than "boycotting" fast fashion brands. I'm focusing on my mindsets that are potentially misguided and hoping to learn from others in this ethical community because I know that valuing those right in front of me also in this movement is just as important as trying to advocate for people I may likely never meet.
Why for evaluating your wardrobe? Are you hoping to create a capsule wardrobe? Are you wanting to clear our items that you don't wear much? Are you trying to keep only quality made items? Are you wanting to work towards a more ethical closet? Are you just hoping to find your own personal style?
It never occurred to me that the reason I could get a tank top for $3 was because it was produced through child labor and Los Angeles sweatshops with shady fabric sourcing and supply chain practices.
In many ways thrifting is the most feasible financial option for me to build my ethical wardrobe so I rely on snagging second hand finds.