IBA Board Member Linda Cassidy from A Labour of Life explains how making responsible fashion choices about who makes your clothes and where you buy them can be as important a fashion statement as the style itself.
What is fashion to you? Is it solely about how you look, or is it about reflecting a part of yourself that’s much more important than aesthetics alone? As you go through life, your priorities tend to change, and this happens in fashion just as readily as the rest of your life. You might find yourself thinking about what your fashion choices really stand for, and why you pick what you wear.
Fashion for a cause
Fundraising through products has gotten increasingly common as of late. There are plenty of good reasons to support good causes, but when you get something nice to wear out of it, then that’s a major bonus. Charities and nonprofits creating clothes and designers supporting causes do more than just use your money to help with certain causes, however.
Many cause-related fashion products also help you raise awareness simply by raising them. For instance, Beanies for Brain Cancer is just one example of a clothing item that has a clear, recognizable statement. You’re helping out not just by helping raise funds for the cause, but by wearing an advertisement for it, too, be it on your head, on a tee, or elsewhere.
Finding ethical providers
Nowadays, with online shopping, it’s easy to mindlessly click on a good deal without worrying too much about what kind of company you’re supporting. It’s easy to end up supporting fashion lines that might go directly against your morals. However, if you look for ethical brands, you might find that there are many more producers and designers out there who have exactly the same values as you.
The internet is the solution to the problem that the internet created. Searching for ethical clothing online is becoming much easier. There are those who make clothes using materials that have a lower environmental impact than the average, those who ensure that everyone working on their clothes gets decent working conditions and a living wage, clothing lines that are animal free, and clothing lines that are associated with community causes and associations. If you want to make sure you’re doing good with your purchases, or at least doing no harm, then take a closer look at the values of the designers.
Support your local creators
Want a look that others will have a hard time copying? Or simply want to see creative designers succeed? Instead of always going for the most familiar names, you should consider supporting new labels, especially those based near you. The internet is making it easier for independent fashion designers to set up their shops, but they still need support. If you find someone whose style you truly love, be sure to show it and shout it.
If you want to focus mostly on looking good, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, responsible fashion is becoming much more popular and a lot more brands are getting into it. If you want to find some fashion that means a little more to you, then there are a growing range of options for you to do just that.
About the author:
Linda Cassidy blogs at A Labour of Life, a view of the world from a Boomer’s perspective. Life begins at 50, a time where travel, food, wine, and fashion merge together guilt-free.
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