Affordable and Sustainable Fashion: Where to Shop

Every year there are more and more affordable and sustainable fashion choices. Yes, these two things can co-exist. Saying sustainable fashion will break the bank is simply not true.

ASOS Dress & Kate Spade Backpack

Thrift Stores / Secondhand Fashion

Visit your local secondhand stores to find “new arrivals” every week. You can even bring your unwanted clothes to sell or trade for cash or store credits.

Some of my favorite secondhand stores in NYC:
Buffalo Exchange
Crossroads Trading Co.
Beacon’s Closet
10 ft Single by Stella Dallas

If you’d prefer to browse secondhand online, these two are my go-to shops:

Thredup
The RealReal

Year of the Pig Key Chain from Kate Spade New York

Shop Selectively at Fast Fashion Stores

Besides shopping at your local thrift stores, buying new clothes from certain fast fashion brands can be a good choice too. That’s because these fashion giants are responding to the brighter future of fashion. By creating small batches of eco-friendly collections, they are still reaching a large number of consumers.

The awareness raised by fast fashion brands, big or small, is applaudable in my opinion. For instance, thanks to H&M, now I know where to recycle my unwanted fabrics. Though using what you have is always better than throwing them away and buying more. #shopyourowncloset

Sustainable / eco-conscious collections from fast fashion brands:

Zara Join Life: easier to shop online, since this collection is scattered throughout the store

H&M Conscious: also easier to shop online, since there is no dedicated areas in the stores for this collection

ASOS Eco Edit: online store

Sustainable Fashion Brands on Sale

Look out for sale time at sustainable fashion brands. (follow me at @living.petite for sale alerts!) Brands I watch for sales:

Reformation
Amour Vert
Alternative Apparel

And more!

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Discover Affordable and Sustainable Fashion with Me

I love wearing my values with eco-conscious fashion, because it’s one of the easiest ways to help shape the world in a positive way.

Affordable and sustainable fashion allows more people to join in the movement, and this is a great thing.


About the Look

Dress: ASOS Eco Edit; 100% viscose

Tights: ASOS Eco Edit; 92% recycled nylon, 8% elastane

Backpack: Kate Spade New York; thrifted from Buffalo Exchange

Leather Bag Charm: Kate Spade New York.

Leather Boots: Treasure & Bond.


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