About a year ago, after watching The True Cost and making the decision to switch to ethical fashion, the first resource I started seeking out after ethical clothing brands was ethical fashion bloggers.
Why? Why not books and articles and organizations? I definitely spent a good amount of time looking into those resources as well (for a list of my top 5 ethical fashion resources, click here), but there is something so unique and special about bloggers that cannot be replaced by anything else. Its that honesty, openness and disclosure that doesn’t exist even between the most open and honest brands and their customers. Bloggers add that personal, human element. It’s the same reason so many people turn to beauty vloggers on YouTube or personal fitness blogs when embarking on their own journeys – when it comes to seeking advice and inspiration for a lifestyle change, bloggers are our trustworthy Internet friends.
And so today I’d like to share some of my favourite ethical fashion bloggers with you. Some of them I discovered in my early days, when The Curious Button itself was just getting started, and some of them I found through various blogging communities and social networks more recently. I hope you find them as useful, informative and inspiring as I have. Read away!
This is the first blog (aside from my own, haha) that I recommend to people when they’re looking for a place to start in their ethical and sustainable, and most importantly, intentional fashion journey. Not only is every piece of content there extremely helpful and valuable (no fluff), but I also find it to be a really beautiful website that you never want to leave. What also separates this blog from many of the other ones out there is that Anuschka has some seriously deep knowledge about fashion (think colour wheels, pattern mixing, etc.) that will be sure to help you improve your confidence in styling your outfits and ease any anxiety you have about pairing down your wardrobe to fewer pieces.
I love this blog because the blogger, Caroline, gives you a peek into what her capsule wardrobe really looks like through beautiful outfits that are sure to inspire you to simplify. At the bottom of each outfit post, she also makes sure to include links to each piece, or if its not available, she offers up a similar, ethically-made alternative. This blog alone will convince you that looking amazing and shopping ethically are not exclusive of each other!
Like Un-Fancy, this website focuses on ethical fashion and simple style, and proves once again that you don’t need to sacrifice style to embrace this wardrobe change! Andrea offers up tons of outfit ideas that are both beautiful and practical for this mommy of three. Her website also includes a list of ethical retailers and designers to get you started on your own search for brands you can feel good about supporting.
This blog has a special place in my heart because it’s run by a fellow Canadian who actually lives in a nearby city here in Southwestern Ontario. It’s always great to see outfits from someone who knows what our winters look like here, and can still manage to style themselves cute while also bearing the practicality of it in mind. On top of that, she’s got a great, friendly writing style and loads of useful advice you can put into practice immediately.
You know when you look at someone’s outfit and you just know that they know themselves and their personal sense of style so well that they must always look so amazing? Jamie is one of those people. Always exuding class and elegance, the outfits on the blog might bring out a little envy in you, but also a newfound energy to learn more about your style preferences. She is also well-versed in everything capsule wardrobe related, and provides some great tips on creating your own.
Run by Jen Brownlie, this blog covers topics from minimalism to sustainable lifestyle to yes, ethical fashion. Her posts are honest, relatable, and show how much thought she puts into each one of them. Reading it, you feel like you’re with a close, wise friend sharing their experiences and giving you great practical advice. Following along in her style journey is sure to inspire you to start your own as soon as possible!
While this blog includes other lifestyle topics, from fashion to food to travel, she does focus much of her efforts on promoting the ethical fashion industry and sharing new brands with her readers. She’s an amazing writer, and her Instagram will always inspire you to think deeply. On top of running the blog and doing some freelance work, Holly also has a small shop connected to the blog where you can find clothes, shoes, jewelry, and more ethically-made products.
If you’re looking for an ethical/sustainable blogger who is as close as it gets to being a “regular” fashion blogger, then Natalie is it! She is constantly sharing new brands who are doing good in the world and has various lists on her blog that can help you find a brand that carries what you’re looking for. Her blog is a great resource for when you need to purchase something new and want to do it responsibly. She also frequently hosts giveaways on Instagram, so maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to win it!
A blog that gives off a New York online fashion magazine sort of feel, EcoCult is run by Alden Wicker (who does, in fact, live in New York). While there is the occasional guest post, it’s impressive that so many quality posts, on such a variety of topics, can be published by one person so frequently. It’s also quite broad, featuring lifestyle topics like eco-friendly living and food in addition to ethical fashion. Do make sure you make the time to sit down and read this one, because it’s the kind of blog where you’ll be clicking from link to link to more links and end up spending hours reading it.
Throwing in some shameless self-promotion here – this blog! If you’ve visited my corner of the web before, then you know why you keep coming back (and in that case, shoot me a tweet and let me know what you love about it!). If this is your first time here, welcome! Here you can find some great articles that will help you begin your ethical fashion journey (see the top 10 posts here), a Resource Library to help you with your further research on the topic, and featured brands that I love.