The other day, my sister came across black Zara skinny jeans that she really liked. She tried them on and told me she wanted to buy them. Me being the eco/ethical clothing advocate in the family said I could find a sustainable alternative for those Zara jeans. Thus began my challenge to style my sister in eco/ethical denim for fall.
I know it is difficult to research alternatives for clothes you find at the mall, but I honestly love the challenge. I’m glad my sister told me she was at Zara and wanting those pants because I’m sure this happens to everyone. I have days where I see an outfit on Pinterest and want to buy something similar. Fortunately, I know where to look because I have come across so many eco/ethical brands. It may not always be the exact item, or at the same price, but I make it work because I truly believe that we can help change the fashion industry to be more transparent in their manufacturing processes.
These are the jeans she wanted to buy:
These jeans are pretty standard, right? Black skinny jeans are, in my opinion, a wardrobe essential. I should really make a list/graphic of wardrobe essentials because I feel like I mention them often. Anyway, black jeans are the leggings alternative and make an outfit look suddenly more sophisticated. I personally love black jeans for a nice night out with heels and a blazer. It is a fool proof outfit, friends. Even if skinny jeans aren’t your thing, black jeans in general look dressier than blue jeans.
Here are the eco/ethical alternatives for the same skinny black jeans:
These jeans look exactly the same right? Only difference is that they were made in the USA in non sweatshop conditions and most likely of better quality. I find that clothes made in the US look better and last longer.
Okay, lets get to the prices. The Zara jeans in the top picture cost $60.
In the inspiration collage, the jeans range from $15- $134. The range is a lot higher because eco/ethical clothes aren’t cheap. However, quality over quantity and these jeans will last you longer than jeans at the fast fashion stores (cheap clothes produced in sweatshop conditions). I did include two budget options from Thred UP, the online consignment store, which were not made in the USA. Still great options because you are reducing the textile waste in landfills that take decades to decompose.
Next time you want to buy clothes, just think about eco/ethical alternatives. Check out the brands on Gold Polka Dots or shoot me an email. If the prices deter you from buying sustainable clothes, then try and save some extra money by not spending at stores in the mall. Just think of it this way, you can spend $100 on an item that will last you years or spend $20 on clothes every couple of weeks because the item shrinks, rips or stains.
Are there any items you would like to see an eco/ethical alternative for fall? Leave a comment below and I will dedicate a post to finding an alternative!