“I have nothing to wear!”

I’ve been saying since I was five, much to my poor mother’s dismay at the time. Luckily I am in charge of my own outfit choices now, but still every so often (or frequently) I find myself uninspired by the current choices available in my closet. It can be easy to fall into a rut and is important to find ways to refresh your wardrobe. You’ll be surprised how even a small addition can press reset and bring so much new inspiration to all aspects in your life. But it’s tricky to shop trend ethically and affordably.

START WITH A GAME PLAN

But don’t just start shopping without a good plan—as with any shopping trip, for groceries or clothes, having a game plan is essential, otherwise I’d leave the store with only broccoli and Oreos. By focusing on the sustainable aspects that are most important, or accessible, you’ll be able to create a shopping map for yourself. 

In the market for an oversized jean jacket? Thrifting is probably your best bet. Looking for those trendy culottes you’ve seen all over San Francisco? Sustainable brands using deadstock might be for you. Want a unique and handcrafted necklace? Probably hit up some fair trade boutiques. These are not exclusive answers, but finding the sweet spot where your values and style align is key.

Through making a physical vision board by cutting and repurposing old magazines, creating a online board on Pinterest, or brainstorming with your friends, whatever inspires you will make your life easier once the 80s-style shopping montage begins. 

A FEW AFFORDABLE & SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO Spicing Up Your WARDROBE

We also know that finding affordable sustainable options can be tricky at times but, here are some of our tried-and-true tips and tricks for adding in ethical fashion to your wardrobe on a budget:

  • Test out fun fresh combinations of clothes you already have in your closet before searching for new pieces

  • Shop end-of-season sales

  • Try on things in the store, find your size, then buy them secondhand on eBay, Poshmark, or thredUP

  • DIY or tailor existing pieces to get the look of newer styles for less

  • Shop in your mother (or father’s) closet for old trends born new again (the 70s are back baby!) With their permission of course…my father saved tons of funky bar tees from his youth, which now go perfectly with my Levi’s

  • Host a clothing swap, or join an already operating local one

  • Check out monthly flea markets in your area

Still, knowing where to start can be difficult, here are some of our favorite ethical statement pieces for under $150.


Ethical Fashion
Statement Pieces For Under $150


Shoes


Denim


Statement Bags


Statement Dresses


Outerwear & Layering

Ethical Workwear For Under $150 - Everlane

Everlane, $150

Fair Trade Outerwear Under $150 - Thought Clothing

Thought, $139


It’s time to fall in love with your wardrobe again. 


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Sarah Spoljaric is a California girl through and through. She has a BA in World History from one of the top 10 greenest campuses in the world; The University of California, Merced and is a Content Curator for the visual travel app Trepic. She has a background in museum curating, loves reading women’s travel journals and is in search of the perfect IPA. She’s passionate about exploring this beautiful world that ethically-produced goods help to protect. Say hi on Instagram!