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Nowadays there is a surplus of fashion brands for consumers to choose from, especially with the international market and social media constantly presenting them to us. Most people would assume this makes shopping easier as fashion has become more accessible with quicker ways to get what we want. On the other hand, shopping only among sustainable and ethical brands has made selecting pieces for my closet easier. Allowing myself to shop from the endless list of brands, I would become overwhelmed by all the available options. For example, I often had a difficult time sifting through all the existing brands to find the right piece.

As a way to deflect that, years ago I began thrifting as a fun way to discover unique and affordable pieces for my wardrobe. This hobby turned into habit, and after realizing the effect clothes have on the environment being the 2nd leading pollutant in the world, I have come to appreciate thrifting even more. It’s the most sustainable way of purchasing clothes as an everyday consumer.

Of course the other viable and ideal option is supporting brands that have conscious efforts in place whether it is being animal-free, incorporating environmentally friendly practices, or providing fair wages and healthy working conditions for their employees. As I run an eco-conscious vegan fashion blog, I diligently research and make efforts to be aware of all the ethical and sustainable brands out there. It’s become a must to support and showcase these brands on my blog to always provide you all with the best possible options.

 

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Burberry is claimed to be one of the first to have created the trench coat in the late 1870’s. The brand has since become a household name in fashion, and trench coats a staple fashion piece. Trench coats are the perfect transitional coat from fall into the coldest months of the year. Here, I’m wearing one by Reformation, a brand I respect for their active efforts as an eco-conscious label.

 

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The dream shoe is made out of recycled plastic bottles and named after my favorite writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson. These babies remind me of my tap dancing days (yes, I wore a leotard and tap-tap-tapped away in my shiny black shoes). When I initially committed to this lifestyle, I found that looking for vegan-friendly and eco-friendly shoes was to me the most difficult wardrobe item to shop for, given my shoe obsession and the limited selection of them coming into this lifestyle. There are indeed a lot of options now for vegan shoes, but most of these brands that carry vegan options may not follow eco-friendly nor ethical practices. Then earlier this year, Susi Studio launched and assuaged my shoe needs and melted away my wardrobe worries. On top of being a brand that has beautiful and well-designed shoes, their consciousness for the environment and the workers makes them an all-around brand.

 

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Photos taken by my best, Kathleen Carla.

Details*: Reformation Trench Coat || Reformation Shirt (old) || Ripped Black Denim (old) || Susi Studio Emerson Shoes || Vegan Suede Choker borrowed from Kathleen.

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

xx,

Joan