From Fast to Slow Fashion: 10 Gifts for the Fashionista In Your Life

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written by:  Anna Shuster

editor's note:

Being sustainable doesn't have just one look anymore. Let your friends have fun with different trends by mixing and matching these eco-friendly and fashion-forward pieces.

There is always that one friend whose fashion style leaves you green with envy. However, it is easy to partake in fast fashion due to its deceiving low cost. Make a real difference by introducing them to sustainable brands.

Becoming a conscious consumer can be hard, but is worth it. Owning better quality clothing prevents them from entering landfills along with 85% of other textile waste. Buying sustainably is also a way to signal your values. The brand name you wear on your back is emblematic of forethought and care towards textile workers who are often overworked and underpaid and our environment. So, gift these ten sustainable fashion pieces to make a real difference in your friend’s life.


1. Girlfriend Collective Black Compressive High-Rise Legging

Price:

$70

Our Take:

These leggings give other well-known brands a run for their money. Heralded for their body positivity, large size range from XS-6XL, and recycling water bottles into the material of their products, Girlfriend Collective makes the perfect gift this holiday season.


2. Big Or Small Be Kind To All Eco Tee

Price:

$35

Our Take:

Be ready to build up that sustainable closet with this cute and meaningful tee. Wholesome Culture hand-prints these made-to-order products and partially weave recycled water bottles into their fabric. They also give 10% of profit back to animal-rights environmental organizations allowing the gift to go far beyond a closet.


3. The Clarissa High Rise

Price:

$150

Our Take:

It's no secret ABLE makes the cutest and sustainable jeans in a variety of cuts and colors. Strut your stuff in these pants knowing that it was made by women who are earning a living wage and work fair hours.


4. Cardi Top

Price:

$190

Our Take:

This chic top from Ace+Jig's fashion-forward textiles comes in a variety of sizes and patterns is the kind of thing a fashionista dreams about. These unique textiles are made from a partnership with textile artisans whose factories provide free childcare and use the leftover water to grow organic process for the team. Handmade and built to last, how can you resist?


5. Quebec Sherpa Jacket

Price:

$185

Our Take:

This jacket is the way to go this winter season to stay toasty and a head-turner. Made from recycled polyester materials and from Marine Layer, with a clear supply chain and report on their sustainable practices and projections, this is a great gateway to owning more sustainable products.


6. Remi Dress

Price:

$220

Our Take:

Take sustainability to a more formal level with this dress from Reformation! The long sleeves make it a perfect staple for the fall and winter and it's made in supply chains that limit carbon emissions and excess water usage.


7. Caroline Knot Front Jumpsuit

Price:

$150

Our Take:

Who wouldn't love a spunky jumpsuit that gives another way to elevate a regular wardrobe? Tell me this doesn't look like the most comfortable and chic thing you've ever seen.


8. The Chelsea Boot

Price:

$200

Our Take:

Everyone needs the basic black boot in the fall and winter. It basically makes the seasons. Make the investment in a durable and sustainably made one like this pair from Nisolo.


9. Brown Leather Hand-Embroidered Tote Bag

Price:

$260

Our Take:

No outfit is complete without a stylish tote. This one from Darzah Designs is hand embroidered by Palestinian women and prolongs the life and meaning of Tatreez: a traditional embroidery style. Support the female artisans and learn about the motif they embroider in the process.


10. Dhavala Pearl Stud Earrings

Price:

$30

Our Take:

Gift these elegant earrings bound to match any outfit for any occasion, from WFH Zooms to being the belle of a ball, to complete a sustainable wardrobe. Handcrafted according to Old Delhi jewelry making techniques in a safe workspace that guarantees a fair wage, you can wear the story of this piece proudly.

1. Girlfriend Collective Black Compressive High-Rise Legging

Price:

$70

Our Take:

These leggings give other well-known brands a run for their money. Heralded for their body positivity, large size range from XS-6XL, and recycling water bottles into the material of their products, Girlfriend Collective makes the perfect gift this holiday season.


2. Big Or Small Be Kind To All Eco Tee

Price:

$35

Our Take:

Be ready to build up that sustainable closet with this cute and meaningful tee. Wholesome Culture hand-prints these made-to-order products and partially weave recycled water bottles into their fabric. They also give 10% of profit back to animal-rights environmental organizations allowing the gift to go far beyond a closet.


3. The Clarissa High Rise

Price:

$150

Our Take:

It's no secret ABLE makes the cutest and sustainable jeans in a variety of cuts and colors. Strut your stuff in these pants knowing that it was made by women who are earning a living wage and work fair hours.


4. Cardi Top

Price:

$190

Our Take:

This chic top from Ace+Jig's fashion-forward textiles comes in a variety of sizes and patterns is the kind of thing a fashionista dreams about. These unique textiles are made from a partnership with textile artisans whose factories provide free childcare and use the leftover water to grow organic process for the team. Handmade and built to last, how can you resist?


5. Quebec Sherpa Jacket

Price:

$185

Our Take:

This jacket is the way to go this winter season to stay toasty and a head-turner. Made from recycled polyester materials and from Marine Layer, with a clear supply chain and report on their sustainable practices and projections, this is a great gateway to owning more sustainable products.


6. Remi Dress

Price:

$220

Our Take:

Take sustainability to a more formal level with this dress from Reformation! The long sleeves make it a perfect staple for the fall and winter and it's made in supply chains that limit carbon emissions and excess water usage.


7. Caroline Knot Front Jumpsuit

Price:

$150

Our Take:

Who wouldn't love a spunky jumpsuit that gives another way to elevate a regular wardrobe? Tell me this doesn't look like the most comfortable and chic thing you've ever seen.


8. The Chelsea Boot

Price:

$200

Our Take:

Everyone needs the basic black boot in the fall and winter. It basically makes the seasons. Make the investment in a durable and sustainably made one like this pair from Nisolo.


9. Brown Leather Hand-Embroidered Tote Bag

Price:

$260

Our Take:

No outfit is complete without a stylish tote. This one from Darzah Designs is hand embroidered by Palestinian women and prolongs the life and meaning of Tatreez: a traditional embroidery style. Support the female artisans and learn about the motif they embroider in the process.


10. Dhavala Pearl Stud Earrings

Price:

$30

Our Take:

Gift these elegant earrings bound to match any outfit for any occasion, from WFH Zooms to being the belle of a ball, to complete a sustainable wardrobe. Handcrafted according to Old Delhi jewelry making techniques in a safe workspace that guarantees a fair wage, you can wear the story of this piece proudly.




written by:  Anna Shuster

editor's note:

Being sustainable doesn't have just one look anymore. Let your friends have fun with different trends by mixing and matching these eco-friendly and fashion-forward pieces.

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