I’ve said this a few times but when you are starting the transition (or justing thinking about or have been doing it for years) it’s really important to educate yourself on the issue. My first recommendation is always to sit down and watch The True Cost (available on Netflix). The True Cost is a really powerful documentary on the cost of the fast fashion industry for the people who make our clothes and the environment. I have had so many people tell me that watching this has completely changed the way they shop for clothes.
If you’re like me watching The True Cost will spark an interest in what is really going on in the fashion industry. Luckily for us, there is so much information out there from short videos you can watch in your spare time to reading some of the amazing ethical fashion blogs out there. Personally, I love reading books on the topic. I sometimes find in difficult to read blocks of text on screens, especially when the topic is as in-depth as ethical fashion. So being able to hold an actual book in my hand is great for me. It also means I can leave my phone/computer (and all its notifications) in the other room and concentrate on what I’m reading. I also get to create Hygge friendly reading environment snuggling up with a blanket and hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course).
Today I wanted to share 4 of my favourite books on ethical fashion. All of these ethical fashion books have helped me develop my knowledge of the topic of ethical and sustainable fashion. I would recommend them to anyone and think one of these books would be a great Christmas present for someone interested in ethical fashion. I’d love to know which fashion books you’d recommend so leave your choices in the comments below.
Slow Fashion by Safia Minney
This is the most aesthetically pleasing out of all the books mentioned. The photos throughout this book are seriously beautiful. I love that this book focuses on the positive things that are being done to promote slow fashion. Often books concentrate on the negative effects of fast fashion which is important but sometimes we need a more uplifting option. I wrote a full review on Slow Fashion by Safia Minney which you can read here. If you are interested in reading Slow Fashion yourself it is available on Amazon or via the People Tree Website.
To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out The World? by Lucy Siegle
If you only read one book on the fashion industry I recommend this one. Lucy really knows her stuff when it comes to the truth behind the fashion industry. This book goes into detail about where our clothes come from, who makes them and the effect this has on the environment. It isn’t an easy bedtime read but well worth it. Lucy champions sustainable solutions and is one of the main driving forces of the slow fashion movement. If you want to read this yourself you can buy Lucy Siegle’s book here.
Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking by Anne Elizabeth Moore
This is a really unique book which uses graphic comics to discuss the connections between the international sex, and garment trades and human trafficking. Despite its very heavy topic of feminism, fast fashion and sex trafficking this book easy to read and digest. There were a few topics I would have like it to delve deeper into but for an overview of the issues, this is a great read. You can read my full review on Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking here. If you would like to purchase a copy of Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking you can find it on Amazon
Over-Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
This book follows the author on her journey discovering the truth about where our cheap clothing comes from. Elizabeth looks at the impact our wardrobes have on the environment, independent retailers and the US economy as a whole. It’s not all negative, Elizabeth has plenty of alternative options from upcycled vintage to cutting edge local designers. Like many of us, Elizabeth considers herself a reformed shopaholic and her writing style feels like your chatting to a friend. If you want to buy Elizabeth Cline’s book you can find it here.