As more and more people move to online shopping to fulfill their retail therapy needs, it often proves as difficult to avoid fast fashion. Fast fashion are those brands releasing tons of new styles almost every week, pricing their items high and holding frequent flash sales, often holding unethical manufacturing practices and greatly contributing to the degradation of our environment. Although it’s easy to fall into their traps of pretty websites and pop-ups in your Instagram feed, fast fashion brands often source from countries where environmental laws are more lax, as well as unethical in their employment practices, often underpaying workers and forcing them to work in unhealthy and dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, many are still unaware of the harmful practices that aren’t seen by consumers, there are other options out there! And don’t worry! You can still online shop to your heart’s desire, you just need to know the right places. Some things to look for when looking for sustainable fashion:
- Sustainable fashion: made in the USA (or a country with similar environmental laws relating to pollution and emissions; avoid stores that source from China and other Asian countries!)
- Read about the company. Make sure they are dedicated to manufacturing sustainably or sourcing from recycled or pre-owned materials.
- Make sure the company is ethical in their employment practices and pays respect to not only the Earth but its people.
Shopping second-hand is a great alternative to fast-fashion companies and promotes sustainable fashion while still keeping you looking and feeling amazing. Here are 10 places to shop sustainable fashion online that won’t break the bank, but are great alternatives to fast fashion.
Frankie Collective is your new go-to destination for all things vintage and reworked streetwear. Focused on recycling luxury items and vintage sportswear from popular brands, whether you’re looking for a festival outfit or just a wardrobe refresh, Frankie has got your back. Pick up a reworked Supreme bralette, a Nike bag, or a vintage Calvin Klein jacket. Frankie Collective is fresh and new in the most genuine and honest way, leading the way for other streetwear companies to dedicate their manufacturing to reducing their carbon footprint.
Awoke Vintage is one of my favorite places to thrift great quality and carefully selected clothing and accessories. This isn’t your average thrift shop– based in Brooklyn and appearing like an upscale boutique, you won’t have to sift through racks for hours, and the best part? Online shopping with Awoke Vintage couldn’t be easier! They sell through Instagram, so all you have to do is DM them with the posted items you want to purchase, they’ll email you your invoice, and your items will be on their way from New York City! Buy everything from Vintage Levi’s, Guess pullovers, retro silk tanks, and abstract clay earrings. You won’t be disappointed.
Founded in 2009, Na Nin is an exclusively online vintage shop originally based through Instagram where they share images of their style visions and aesthetic through their vintage finds. If you’re looking for good quality vintage sweaters and knits, this is your place. Their styles are classic and chic, giving off major summer in Italy vibes. Check it out, and give your closet the upgrade it’s been begging for.
Rebag is here for all your luxury needs. When you’re looking for a new luxury brand accessory, whether it be a bag, jewelry, a belt, or a scarf, Rebag is the place to go. Although still on the pricier side, these refurbished luxury items come in fabulous condition and are majorly discounted from retail prices! I just ordered a Louis Vuitton bag for half the retail price, its condition listed as “good,” and it came quickly and in nearly perfect condition! Check it out for yourself, and embrace your boujee side and the environment.
If you’re looking for custom and one-of-a-kind 90s vintage pieces, Elia Vintage is for you. Join their mailing list to stay updated on when they’re dropping new creations or offering promotions, and make sure to stay in the loop! Their items go fast! Although slightly pricey, these pieces are unique and definitely something you don’t want to miss out on. Grab yourself a pantsuit or a sexy skirt and blazer. You’ll be turning heads wherever you go.
Like Rebag but with more categories including clothing, lifestyle, and vintage, Vestiaire Collective carries luxury items at every price point depending on the condition of the item. Here for all your luxury designer needs, Vestiaire often offers discounts and promotions, so sign up for their emails and shop sustainably!
Shop vintage and reworked retro clothing on depop with Ere Vintage! Based in sunny California, this shop is always dropping new creations so you are never short on style. I just ordered three cropped sweaters and a reworked lace top, and I could not be happier with my purchase. Get shopping and practice sustainability by supporting crafters and vendors who dedicate their time to making old things new.
Another gorgeous California-based shop, A Touch of Vintage has everything you need from home goods to jewelry to clothing. Giving off major tropical vacation vibes, this shop is perfect for your summer wardrobe and for cooler months to keep you feeling sunny all year long. Check out their finds and don’t miss out!
Deadstock is your new vintage streetwear and sports attire online shopping destination. Get comfy and grab your t-shirts, crewnecks, hats, socks and more. Shop your favorite brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren or pick up some one-of-a-kind thrift finds. Whatever ends up in your shopping cart, you can’t go wrong at Deadstock.
And lastly, we have True Vintage, a UK based vintage and retro streetwear shop, because really, can you ever have enough streetwear? Sort through their huge online selection of apparel and rep your favorite brands, sports teams, bands and celebrities. True Vintage is truly a must-shop for sustainable fashion.