7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 7 – Make a Statement

7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 7 – Make a Statement

7 STEPS TO ETHICALLY BUILD A DOPE WARDROBE  Use this guide as a reference to buy smarter, enhance your wardrobe, invest your money in long-lasting items and gain financial traction. In the process you’ll build a safer, cleaner fashion system. Making a few simple changes today leads to an efficient wardrobe and better industry tomorrow.     STEP 7 : MAKE A STATEMENT Be inquisitive. Set standards. Vote with your wallet In this final step of the dope wardrobe series, we define the details to consider before and after making a responsible purchase. Look for transparency: If a maker or seller values what they offer, they’ll know the answers or will be willing to help you find them. Most of us are not directly related to the manufacturing and production of our clothing, often intentionally being kept in the dark about a brand’s conduct. Become aware of what’s happening in one of the world’s largest industries. Define What You Buy: Ask questions about the product Know what your purchase is supporting Invest in pieces that: Will last Provide fair wages to those who made it Are consciously produced Vote with your money, brands need it to survive Speak up: If you decide not to buy something based on the location of manufacturing, misconduct, or lack of information provided to you, let customer service know – that information may get passed along to those in position to make changes. If you purchase something because a brand is creating quality product in a respectable manner, let them know as well. They value you and your decision to buy their goods. Any insight you give them...
7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 6

7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 6

  7 STEPS TO ETHICALLY BUILD A DOPE WARDROBE  Use this guide as a reference to buy smarter, enhance your wardrobe, invest your money in long-lasting items and gain financial traction. In the process you’ll build a safer, cleaner fashion system. Making a few simple changes today leads to an efficient wardrobe and better industry tomorrow.   STEP 6 : DO YOUR RESEARCH ONLINE When shopping with intent, you can quickly find many answers to product related questions online. Shopping online is supposed to be convenient and informative. Check out the garment information listed on a brand’s site.  Using ourselves as an example below, we provide all of the information you should be aware of in a straightforward format within each product page, making it easy to make a thorough, yet efficient decision regarding your potential purchase.     When searching for apparel online, check out the product details including:   Fabrication Fit Features Unique details Construction techniques Sizing guides Customer reviews Where and how the products are constructed Return Policy Read up on the company, look for: Manufacturing practices: where they produce, certifications, employee treatment Sustainability: the materials they use, use of hazardous chemicals, certifications Social impact: community involvement, their impact on future generations Blog topics: check out what they care about, you also might find detailed insight about the company culture and/or their goods         To give you an example, Fibre Athletic’s Pursuit Top, “How It’s Made” overview enables you to easily analyze its features, the resources used, and its development process directly beneath the shirt image. Reach out to designers and brands for answers you cannot find online. Apps such as Free2Work and ShopEthical...
7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 5

7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 5

7 STEPS TO ETHICALLY BUILD A DOPE WARDROBE  Use this guide as a reference to buy smarter, enhance your wardrobe, invest your money in long-lasting items and gain financial traction. In the process you’ll build a safer, cleaner fashion system. Making a few simple changes today leads to an efficient wardrobe and better industry tomorrow.   STEP 5 : KNOW WHERE YOUR $$$ IS GOING Donna Summer said it best… As a hard worker you deserve to know where your hard-earned money goes when you buy new clothes and the garment workers, of which 80% are women, deserve a livable wage to make the clothing you wear. There’s usually a reason why something is “a great deal”, someone is sacrificing everything in order for you to receive it…and/or you’re buying junk. Does that set anyone up for an awesome future? What’s The True Cost? If You Buy Foreign, Be Aware of Working Conditions Insider Tip** The further developed a country and its citizens become, the better their factories become. Although their environment is highly polluted as a result of their dominant manufacturing industry, China’s labor and wage standards have improved in recent years as national wealth and living standards rise. This has pushed cheap production to countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam – currently the countries with the most destructive humanitarian and environmental conditions.   Learn how to avoid buying items made cheaply or irresponsibly: Find out if certain materials, techniques, or finishings were used to uphold quality/durability Ask yourself and the seller where an item was made Inquire about the company’s practices: are employees paid fair? Do they practice safe manufacturing methods? How so?...
7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 4

7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 4

7 STEPS TO ETHICALLY BUILD A DOPE WARDROBE  Use this guide as a reference to buy smarter, enhance your wardrobe, invest your money in long-lasting items and gain financial traction. In the process you’ll build a safer, cleaner fashion system. Making a few simple changes today leads to an efficient wardrobe and better industry tomorrow.   STEP 4 : SHOP FOR YOU AND FOCUS ON FIT Understand the difference between defining your style and following a trend…    Before buying that new outfit, Ask Yourself: Am I genuinely attracted to that getup or am I being marketed to desire it? Is this a style I could see myself wearing next year? In three years? Does it seem like it will hold up with frequent wear? Can the garment or shoes be repaired? Do I know how to care for it? Properly fitted garments enhance all day comfort. Apparel that you genuinely like and feel good in will prompt you to wear it more often. You’ll find innovative ways to wear pieces you love repeatedly, defining your individual style with less. Taking care of the pieces you love will extend their life so you can get the most out of your investment. Fit Your Body Measure your body, use fit guides to refer you to the correct size. A well-fitted garment is invaluable and helps you stay comfortable throughout your day. Not sure how or where to measure your body? Follow these How To’s : Female // Male. While wearing whatever genuinely makes you feel good is most important. Here are guides to flatter particular body shapes : Female // Male. Ready for...

7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 3

7 STEPS TO ETHICALLY BUILD A DOPE WARDROBE  Use this guide as a reference to buy smarter, enhance your wardrobe, invest your money in long-lasting items and gain financial traction. In the process you’ll build a safer, cleaner fashion system. Making a few simple changes today leads to an efficient wardrobe and better industry tomorrow.   STEP 3 : TAKE INVENTORY AND KEEP TRACK   “In 2012, the average American bought 64 items of clothing a year.” – Cline, 2012 “The average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing every year” (2013). –Elle via Council For Textile Recycling “The average American woman owns 30 outfits (2015)—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine.” –Becoming Minimalist via Forbes Shocked by these stats? Same. Here’s some tips to efficiently build an ideal, versatile wardrobe. Keep Track of How Many Items You Purchase Throughout the Year Set a number of wardrobe purchases for yourself and aim to come in below your annual limit Write down what you buy Keep your list of purchases with your needs list Review and update them simultaneously Are you crossing off needed items as you buy new things? Keeping track will help you stay focused on the items you need – building a wardrobe of clothing you love and will wear repeatedly.   Ready for the Next Step?? Join our newsletter and we’ll send you a PDF version of the complete guide!  Get The PDF OR… Tag us in a pic of your haves vs. needs list, your goals, or an action shot of you going for your goals. We’ll send you the guide AND the...
7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 2

7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 2

7 STEPS TO ETHICALLY BUILD A DOPE WARDROBE  Use this guide as a reference to buy smarter, enhance your wardrobe, invest your money in long-lasting items and gain financial traction. In the process you’ll build a safer, cleaner fashion system. Making a few simple changes today leads to an efficient wardrobe and better industry tomorrow.   STEP 2 : MAKE A LIST AND CREATE GOALS  After you’ve decluttered and considered what your ideal wardrobe should look like, write down your haves and needs. Have your needs list on hand, stick to the list and you’ll be more satisfied with your upcoming purchases. Can’t get everything at once? Neither can we. Keep your list going and work towards attaining valuable, long-term items. By knowing the real price of our shopping habits we gain financial traction buying fewer high-end products. Don’t Settle for a Bargain Purchase: You’ll never get full use out of the garment. Your money will be wasted. The item will be back on your needs list sooner. Your closet will fill back up with clutter you don’t wear. Play Hardball… Attach A Personal Goal to Accomplish Before Buying A Need Take your needs list a step further by assigning goals to each item. This will help maintain your finances while helping you achieve personal goals, driving yourself forward in multiple ways. Save up for the item and purchase it when you’ve also reached a non-financial goal i.e…  “I’ll buy myself a new travel bag for my next adventure when I am able to run 5 miles under this time”. When You Work Toward Attaining Something You Want: Your personal intent becomes clear...

7 Steps to Ethically Build A Dope Wardrobe : Step 1

 7 STEPS TO ETHICALLY BUILD A DOPE WARDROBE  Use this guide as a reference to buy smarter, enhance your wardrobe, invest your money in long-lasting items and gain financial traction. In the process you’ll build a safer, cleaner fashion system. Making a few simple changes today leads to an efficient wardrobe and better industry tomorrow. Pregame Huddle We’ve read the horror stories of garment factories collapsing in developing countries. We’re tired of trendy consumption, sick of dealing with the piles of stuff in our closets, and our awareness of the dark, highly mangled industry of cheap manufacturing leaves us feeling pretty nauseous. Overwhelmed by the ethical problems but still living in a society that requires us to dress on a daily basis, we’re left with underlying anxiety of how to take responsibility for our individual actions. Calming our nerves, let’s step back, and look at some ways we can make a difference – and resolve to avoid compulsive buying to make us feel better! Today, we begin building a dope wardrobe.  Below is step 1 of 7. Next week, we’ll move to Step 2, unless you’re the tiger that needs all the info right now…you animals can get the entire PDF guide by following the instructions listed at the end of the post. STEP 1 : DECLUTTER YOUR CLOSET, DECLUTTER YOUR MIND  “Before you buy any new clothing, dig into the roots of your wardrobe.” -Someone Smart Want to get the most out of your clothes? Start by decluttering your closet so you can analyze what you own. Use these easy tips from GQ to break down this daunting task into manageable action steps. Need help letting go of...
How To Put An End To Impulse Shopping

How To Put An End To Impulse Shopping

What’s Wrong With Impulse Shopping? We understand that one of the most alluring aspects of fast fashion is that it allows us to constantly change up our look. It’s easily accessible, and brands push out new trends every couple of weeks. This problem is exacerbated by the constant media coverage of celebrities and supermodels sporting new trends, while their adoring fans are all too eager to jump on the cheap dupes that brands are able to replicate and push out at an alarmingly fast rate.   If you’ve been following along with our blog for a while now, you’re probably aware that fast fashion is bad. Not just a little bad like spilled coffee on your white blouse at the beginning of the day bad. This is like, the downfall of our planet bad. In case you aren’t caught up on how fast fashion is so harmful, here’s a quick refresher as to why. The rate of fast fashion production cannot be sustained Fast fashion uses non-renewable resources at breakneck speed The materials often end up in landfills due to our throwaway culture Many materials are created using harmful chemicals and are non-decomposable Fair labor is difficult to enforce when mass production is taking place overseas, leading to sweatshops, inhumane work conditions, and mistreatment of the people who are making cheap clothes Okay, got it. So Why Do We Feel Compelled To Buy It? There are a few factors that cause us to cave to those ridiculously cheap and totally trendy fall booties that everyone is wearing right now. When shown an object that we like, it fires signals to our nucleus ambens,...
The Everywhere Jacket Is HERE – Here’s How to Style it

The Everywhere Jacket Is HERE – Here’s How to Style it

The Everywhere Jacket is launching today so we decided to take our series “How to Build an Ethically Dope Wardrobe” a step further and style the men’s and women’s jacket for urban commuting with an ethical edge. Take a look at the outfits we put together inspired by companies making great products and doing good things. Learn more about each of the responsible brands we chose by clicking on the links below. 1/Fibre Athletics – Everywhere Jacket  2/ Proof Eyewear – Eco Edit 3/ Jungmaven – Hemp Raglan Shirt 4/ Kings of Indigo – John Jeans 5/ Pact Apparel – Men’s Premium Crew Sock 6/ State Bags – Bedford Canvas Coated Black 7/ Veja – Low Top Leather Tuile Shop the Men’s Everywhere Jacket Shop Men’s 1/Fibre Athletics – Everywhere Jacket  2/ Cotopaxi – Do Good Shirt  3/Proof Eyewear – Eco Edit Ada 4/ Tribe Alive – Rivet Standard Tote 5/ Mud Jeans – Skinny Haven 6/ Pact Apparel – Women’s Shorty Sock 7/ Liberty Bottleworks – 24 oz. 8/ Veja – White Piscina Shop the Women’s Everywhere Jacket Shop Women’s Would you wear either of these outfits? The Everywhere Jacket can function for multiple needs and looks. Show us how you would style yours using the #myfibre hashtag and tagging us @fibreathletics on Instagram or Twitter....