I’ve spoken in the past about how I’ve been trying to make a little more effort with how I shop. I’ve been guilty in the past of being blissfully unaware about the sources of clothes and I’m definitely trying a little more to shop consciously, be wary about the origins of what I’m wearing and shop independently where I can too. Obviously I won’t pretend I’m suddenly saintly, and I still have a long way to go- but after getting dressed this morning and pulling on this jumpsuit (which received three IRL compliments, which in London must be some sort of record) I wanted to show how easy it is to put together a great outfit which is not only in line with my style- but fair trade, hand woven and created by Swallows– a fair trade group in rural Bangladesh which was set up to provide opportunities for women; which in my opinion makes it worth every penny.
I’d heard a little bit about People Tree in the past, but like my other naive conceptions of sustainable and ethical fashion, didn’t quite realise how good their selection was (e.g: these trousers are next on my list). I’ve seen a handful of pieces similar to this jumpsuit on the high street (albeit honestly not as well made or cut), but knowing it’s come from a good place, with the money going to the right people certainly makes my spending habit feel a little more responsible. I’d love to know if you’d like to see an edit of more of my favourite sustainable brands (because there’s certainly a few), and hopefully we can all start shopping smarter together.