At BBGBC we envision a world that runs on love, so it’s upsetting to find out that looking good comes at the expense of others more often than we think. We don’t want unethical clothing and jewelry manufacturers to benefit from our desire to look our best.
The best way to do this is by using our brown girl buying power! Here’s how you can help stop the abuse by buying only ethical clothing and jewelry.
Shop With Purpose
This first tip is a win-win-win situation and benefits you, the environment, and other humans.
Before you fill your shopping bags with impulse fashion buys, take a minute to consider the following:
- How often will I wear this?
- Is it really my style, and will it go with anything else I already have?
- Am I giving in to a trend or is this item a classic that will stay in style for years?
- Does it flatter my body shape and complexion?
When you stop to think about your purchases this way, you can save yourself a ton of money, prevent unwanted items from ending up on the dump, and avoid buying possibly unethical goods.
You deserve only the best, and fast fashion doesn’t fit into that category. Rather save your money for a more expensive, timeless, and ethically manufactured piece.
Find Ethical Clothing & Jewelry
When you do need something special for a brunch with your girls or long-anticipated outing, think long and hard about it first. Take the time to source ethical clothing stores and brands before you go.
If you spend your dollars with ethical fashion brands, you’re taking money away from the sweatshops and supporting those fashion retailers who take the time and effort to produce garments with care and consideration.
Are you planning to splash out on some high-end bling? Remember when it comes to lab created diamonds vs real diamonds, the only difference is that you know for sure nobody suffered in the creation of a lab diamond.
Buy Used Clothing and Jewelry
Second-hand is so in right now. There are plenty of stores stocking high-end second-hand designer garments. The kind of handcrafted catwalk fashions that have never seen the inside of a sweatshop.
When you give these previously cherished items a new home, you’re preventing waste, and you’re not supporting fast fashion. You’ll pay a fraction of what the clothing cost new, and you’ll be the proud owner of a classic designer item that you can enjoy for years to come.
Besides, nobody has to know you didn’t pay the full price.
Did you know that renting designer wear is also a thing now? There are shops where you can hire an outfit so spectacular and eye-catching that you’ll never be able to wear it twice anyway. If you truly fall in love with it, they’ll let you buy it too.
It works for wedding gowns, so why not?
Be Great With BBGBC
At BBGBC our sworn aim is to bring women of color together to have fun, share ideas, and support each other.
Sticking to ethical clothing and jewelry is just one way to be the best you can be. Join us in our quest and keep reading our blog for more ways to be awesome at everything you do.