If your new years resolution is to start a capsule wardrobe, CONGRATS! You are about to start on a very exciting and rewarding journey. This might seem like a daunting task, so we’re here to help you make this process as easy and painless as possible.
We know it seems like you are on a shopping diet and in a way that's kind of what a capsule wardrobe is. We’re here to show you some healthy options to replace your fast fashion cravings.
To start your new wardrobe you need some basics. Today we are going to show you some great ethical and sustainable companies from which you can buy some equally great jeans.
1. Nudie Jeans Co. - Men
Nudie Jeans doesn't believe in "a trade-off between profit and people, or between manufacture and environmental responsibility. [They] bear the responsibility to provide a safe, fair and ethical working environment for all the people who are involved in the manufacture of [their] clothes."
These jeans are made of 98% organic cotton and 2% elastane to provide a comfortable feel and the denim look you crave. Nudie Jeans also provides the location and factory profile for every piece of clothing they make. Isn't it nice to know where and what your jeans are made of.
2. Fair Indigo - Women
Fair Indigo provides fair trade and made in the USA clothing. They believe that “when fashion is done well, everyone profits.”
These jeans from Fair Indigo are a slim fit with a hint of stretch made from 99% cotton and 1% spandex made fairly in Colombia.
3. Oak 73 - Women
Oak 73 is an American brand that manufactures all their product in the USA. They sell exclusively online to eliminate waste and the expense of a brick and mortar store to bring you quality products at low prices.
These baby blue skinny jeans by Oak 73 are made from stretch cotton that conforms to your body while still having great recovery. AND they were made in NYC.
4. JC Denim CO. - Men & Women
JC Denim CO. helps women in Cambodia who escaped sex trafficking to learn vocational sewing skills and gives them work making JC Co. denim. These women get to return to their villages and provide income for their families.
The Isabel Jean are a comfortable, mid-rise, skinny-leg jean designed in Australia and hand crafted in Cambodia.
The Country Traveller is a straight leg jean for the practical man made from stretch denim with extra length so they won’t ride up. Designed in Australia and handcrafted in Cambodia.
5. Kuyichi - Men & Women
Kuyichi was the “first brand to produce organic jeans.” All their fabric is fair trade certified and the Fair Wear Foundation inspects their factories. Kuyichi is committed to transparency by “measuring, benchmarking, tracking and credibly communicating [their] social and environmental sustainability progress.”
Just because you’re buying ethically doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style. It also doesn’t mean that you should buy the same amount of jeans that you used to when you bought them for $20 or less from a fast fashion company. Think of capsuling and buying ethically and sustainably as the dynamic duo that will help bring down fast fashion. One doesn’t work without the other. Teamwork makes the dream work.