The most addicting thing about fashion, or so it seems to me, is that one can identify with a piece of clothing or an accessory. "That skirt is so me!" If it's not something to identify with, it's something to strive for. "I want to be the kind of person who carries a briefcase." I don't at all mean that all people who carry briefcases are the same, but you know what I mean, right? Your clothes don't dictate who you are, but they can communicate something about you. They are an outlet for personal expression.
One of the most telling things to find out about someone is what they care about, what they have passion for. It gets right down to their heart strings. Can you really express something so important in what you wear? Of course.
The humanitarian will buy fair trade fashion. That means no sweatshops, no child labor, and the kind of payment that is deserved; buying fair trade ensures no one was taken advantage of. Another good choice for good neighbors is to buy from companies who make it a point to give back with every purchase. Need some more examples? There are plenty in the Good Deeds section of Daily Grommet!
Animal lovers can sleep easy buying vegan and cruelty-free pieces. In addition to being void of animal products, it's a good idea to double check for no testing on animals either (think Keeki nail polishes). If the piece you're lusting after does have animal products in it (wool, for example) you can check in with the company to make sure they regulate whether the animals are being treated well.
More and more options are becoming accessible for environmentalists. Buying pieces made from organic and renewable materials is important, and there are some great eco friendly fashion options. (Naturally Knotty scarves are made from bamboo, a renewable resource that creates a beautiful, durable fabric which feels incredible.) The downside to the increase in eco-friendly is an increase in greenwashing; check the certification! If you tried, you could be eco-conscious all the way down to your PACT Underwear (shown above).
Let's get to know each other a little bit better; what do you really care about? How do you incorporate that passion into your fashion?