Shopping intentionally and with purpose is a growing movement, and for good reason. Realizing that with every dollar you spend, you are casting a vote about what you are willing to accept from companies is very empowering. It means that collectively we have the power to change company practices we find unacceptable through spending our dollars elsewhere.
I still struggle with shopping intentionally at times, and thought it would be helpful to share with you some tips I’ve found useful on my new style journey so far.
~ Prepare by Researching Companies ~
If there is a clothing store or boutique that has caught your eye, before stopping in do some research online into the brands that they carry and the company itself. Many boutiques have a separate page on their website that lists the brands that they work with and carry. If your favorite boutique doesn’t have a listing, send an email to request the information. Once you have a listing, you can look further into each brand online and reach out to them individually if you are unfamiliar with their corporate practices.
~ Distinguish between a Want vs. Need ~
Ask yourself why you want to buy the item in the first place. Will the item add value to your life, or is it because you just want something new? Get honest with yourself about your motivations for the purchase.
~ Consider Quality ~
Buying a higher quality item may cost a little more than something found at the big box retail stores, but it will last longer. It will save you time and money in the long run if you focus on quality over price, especially for classic pieces.
~ Shop Local, Fair Trade, and/or Ethically Sourced Products ~
Purchasing some quality pieces from a local boutique and/or company representative is a great way to start putting money back into your own community. It’s even better when you can find Fair Trade and/or Ethically Sourced products. Fair Trade products are designated as such by a label. Buying a Fair Trade item not only puts money back into your own community by supporting a local business, but also gives back and empowers others around the world.
~ Consider What the Item is Made of ~
What are the materials used and are they sustainable? Many Fair Trade fashion accessories use recycled materials and are a great way to make an empowering fashion statement, while being kind to the environment. For clothing, check and see if the item is made of organic cotton. The main benefit of organic materials is that the crops aren’t treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms. These toxins are harmful for farmers and workers, us as consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems.
~ Does the Company/Brand Give Back? ~
There are so many ways to give back, and one is through purchasing and supporting brands that incorporate “giving back” into their company culture. If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I work as a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope. Trades of Hope is not only a fair trade certified company, but also gives back through a program called Gifts of Hope. This is one of the reasons I’ve chosen to represent the company as a CE. More information on Gifts of Hope can be found here.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about shopping intentionally. You’re welcome to share your tips in the #StyleSlowlyGratitudeCollective as well by clicking here.
Sparkle & Shine!