Fall is my favorite season to shop for! The smell of a buttery soft leather jacket, the understated elegance of a heeled bootie, the cozy weave of a soft and chunky sweater – this is the stuff I dream about! But as I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve started to avoid fast fashion retailers due to their negative environmental impact. This presents a challenge for me, as I love following trends and having a lot of variety in my wardrobe. That’s why I’m turning toward sustainable clothing services that allow subscribers to either rent or buy new items on a monthly basis.
I haven’t yet committed to any of these services, as the mostsustainable clothing option would be to find new ways to wear items I already own. However, I’m keeping these three services top of mind in case my wardrobe starts feeling stale:
I’m a big fan of using RTR for special occasion dresses and have done so for several weddings and events. So I was excited to discover that they have a monthly service offering options for everyday items! As with their fancy dresses, the selection is extensive, the shipping fast, and the list of designers is to die for. I also noticed that they have maternity clothes, which is a fabulous option when your body is changing week by week! While the items themselves may not have been produced with the environment or human rights in mind, renting transforms each piece into a sustainable clothing option. There are two tiers of service with memberships starting at $69 monthly.
This inclusive sustainable clothing box service sends a curated selection gently worn, high street fashion items. Choose from one-time, quarterly, or monthly delivery options which include like-new selections from Madewell, Tory Burch, and Max Mara. Monthly and quarterly boxes include six items for a styling fee of $99, while the monthly sampler is $49 for three items. The fee is then credited toward your purchase of anything in that box. I love that they stock sizes ranging from 00-30 and that their subscription boxes also include the option to receive designer and/or vintage pieces. I love the idea of receiving a box of unique, sustainable, have-forever fashion!
Just $38 buys you a lifetime of t-shirts. Really. The initial investment gets you four organic cotton tees that you can then trade in whenever they wear out for just $8 per item. There’s no monthly fee, and the company is zero waste and sources organically. Items range from boxy pocket tees in bright colors to fitted silhouettes in stripes. The only downside: there’s a waitlist to join. Truthfully, it seems like a bit of a gimmick to me, as you can improve your place in line by referring friends. Still, I’m totally on it.