My Ethical Fashion Journey

From as early as I can remember, I have always loved clothes and fashion. I remember as a little girl loving trips to the mall with my mom because I was just so fascinated by the stores and clothes.

As I grew older, I made friends based on our mutual love of fashion and we would spend our Saturdays at the mall trying on everything we could. I eventually ended up working at a few different retailers, and I loved the perk of being able to get a discount that would help me support my shopping habit. 

In my early twenties, I switched from being a mall shopper, and became obsessed with online shopping. It seemed that almost everyday there was a package showing up at my door with some new shirt or pair of jeans.

When I was 24, I met my husband. He had been vegan for about 10 years and I became really interested in knowing more about how the food we eat impacts the environment and other living beings. Soon after, I became vegetarian, and eventually made the switch to vegan. All the while though, my love for shopping continued, and packages continued showing up at my door.

 Pictured: Lola tank by Esby Apparel

Pictured: Lola tank by Esby Apparel

This all changed about two years ago. I remember a friend talking about a documentary called, ‘The True Cost’ and being very intrigued. I had always heard about 'sweatshops' and child labor but had never really dug in to know what it was all about. So I turned on the tv and hit play. Oh. My. Goodness. I was immediately flooded with so many emotions. Anger. Sadness. Frustration. I couldn’t believe that the $20 shirt I was wearing and so happy about getting a deal on, was causing so much hurt and pain in another part of the world. I immediately felt guilty and hypocritical. I felt guilty for purchasing all of these clothes and for spending the year prior advocating for better treatment of animals and switching to a vegan lifestyle, while day after day people were being mistreated and the environment was being destroyed so I could wear this clothes that I could not get enough of.

At that moment, I knew I had to make a change.

I began my research and stopped buying clothes. I wanted to be more informed before I made my next move. About a year after this moment, my idea for The Purposeful Closet was born. I wanted to create a place where people could discover ethically made brands and also find nonjudgmental information. A place to keep the conversation about ethical fashion growing.

 Pictured: Bow dress by Hackwith Design House// Photos by Seleste Villarreal

Pictured: Bow dress by Hackwith Design House// Photos by Seleste Villarreal

My goal for The Purposeful Closet is to create a platform where people can find information about fast fashion’s effects on our environment and people. I want to give people the opportunity to discover new brands who are redefining fashion and working to make it a more ethical and sustainable industry. The end goal is not to make anyone feel guilty for their shopping choices, I'm still learning too, but I want to encourage small changes that will create a better world. Thanks for following along!