conscientious copycat: young again

I love this offbeat look from Le Blog de Betty. It takes a bit of confidence to walk out of your house in a vintage animal tee, orange watercolor skirt, and plastic shoes! It’s so me – when I was six years old.

le blog de betty jelliesIt was fairly easy to make this outfit ethical. The most difficult part would have been finding plastic jellies, but Melissa already follows eco and ethical practices at its Brazilian factory, so I was able to go directly to the source (although I couldn’t find the exact shoes).

fair trade style le blog de betty

This look features an original graphic tee from Better Stay Together on etsy, a Mata Traders skirt, Old Navy neon belt, handmade bracelet, and Melissa jelly sandals.

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About Leah

I have a vintage clothing company called Platinum & Rust (.com). I'm also passionate about fair trade and sustainability issues; I work at a fair trade, organic coffee shop and blog about sustainable fashion at StyleWiseGuide.com.
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4 Responses to conscientious copycat: young again

  1. I notice you use items from Old Navy for these posts a lot. I am curious about their ethical practices. They are an affordable place to shop that happens to be close to where I live, so if they meet your requirements that makes me happy. 🙂
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    • leahwise says:

      Hello. Thanks for your question. I’ve been meaning to talk more about Gap Inc’s corporate social responsibility in a separate post. They’re part of the Ethical Trading Initiative, which requires a high level of auditing and high labor standards and they were also listed on Ethisphere’s Most Ethical Companies list (http://www.ethisphere.com/) this year. Although they aren’t fair trade certified, they have high standards in place, so I include them in my personal list of acceptable places to shop. That being said, I’m still a bit wary about exactly how their factories are operated and need to look further into it.

      • Thanks for the info! This is very good to know, as GAP had issues in the past with labor in other countries. Sounds like they have made positive changes. I remember back when it happened they came out and said they didn’t know what was going on, and that it went against their policies. I’ll stay tuned in to your blog for more in future posts! 🙂

  2. Kathy Lovin says:

    I just popped over to your site after reading your story on Relevant today! What a great piece. Thank you for raising such important issues.

    Here’s another jelly-like shoe you might like – http://www.oka-b.com/info/About_OKA_b_ Though they don’t specifically say that they’re ethical, they’re eco-friendly (you can send your worn shoes back to them and they’ll recycle them into new shoes!) and made in the USA at an on-site factory.

    Perhaps you already know more about them. If you do, I’d love to hear what you’ve found out.

    My New Year’s resolution was to become a more conscious consumer so your blog is a great find!

    Thanks again and God bless you!

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