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Ethical Style: How to Buy a More Ethical Knockoff A More Ethical Knock-Off of Forever 21 Fashions

How to find ethically produced alternatives to the latest trend—in less time than it takes to circle the racks at Forever 21.


Every Thursday, your Ethical Style questions, answered.

Modern fashion is a sprint. By the time a designer sends a new style down the runway, it’s only a matter of weeks before the trend hits fashion blogs, migrates to high-end boutiques, and is dumped en masse on your nearest knockoff mega-retailer. But the rush to snap up the latest thing doesn't leave much time to consider what we’re actually buying.

Now, a more thoughtful fashion outlet is intercepting the cycle. Fashioning Change is a website that helps trendsetters find ethically-produced, eco-friendly alternatives to whatever the big-name brands are selling this week—in less time than it takes to circle the racks at a Forever 21. Just tell Fashioning Change the types of brands and retailers you usually shop at—and the charitable causes you prefer to support—and the site’s "Changing Room" will offer more ethical versions of the latest trend from Gucci, Tory Burch, J. Crew, or Guess.

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Ethical Style: Should You Really Wear That 'Ethnic' Print?

Fashion, like American culture, ought to be a multicultural melting pot. Unfortunately, the fashion industry is overwhelmingly run by white people.

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Ethical Style: Pantone's 'Tangerine Tango' and the Ethics of Color Forecasting Pantone's 'Tangerine Tango' and the Ethics of Color Forecasting

You may have a closet full of blues, but if the shade is a bit off of Pantone’s predictions, it’s rendered instantaneously passé.


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Ethical Style: How Your Leather Jacket Is Destroying the Environment

Tracking the ecological footprint of your leather shoes.


Every Thursday, your Ethical Style questions, answered.

The cow is the most farmed animal on earth—at any given time, there are 1.5 million of them waiting to become beef. The beef industry’s stranglehold over the world’s dinner plates is a big problem for the environment (not to mention those million-and-a-half cows). But until the world’s diet changes, slipping on a pair of leather shoes or throwing on a leather handbag can seem like an honest attempt to try to use the whole animal.

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Ethical Style: There Are Still Sweatshops in America

A former garment worker claims that Alexander Wang ran a “sweatshop,” in the United States of America. Here's a brief history of U.S. sweatshops.

Fashion darling Alexander Wang was served this month with a $50 million lawsuit from a man who used to sew his clothes. Wenyu Lu describes having worked 25 hours continuously without break or overtime pay in an unventilated, windowless part of Wang’s New York City design firm, and claims he was ultimately fired after voicing his complaints to management and filing for worker’s compensation. He sued, and dozens of his fellow employees signed on. The headlines that have rocked the fashion world put a name to Lu’s allegation: Wang ran a “sweatshop” in the United States of America.

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Ethical Style: Why Fashion Needs to Get Political

Fashion needs a rebirth of the political spirit—a serious consumer-focused movement to help us navigate the trends.

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