13 Fashionable Ways to Give Back This Season
Here you are, left with holiday gifts you aren't exactly thrilled with and stressed out about the madness that is NYE wardrobe prep, so you dust off your plastic and power through the most gluttonous time of year with one last shopping hurrah. Even the thriftiest fashion girl can start to feel a little excessive once the credit card bills arrive. But let’s be real, since there’s no escaping consumerism in the name of a #fomo-inducing selfie and overall chic party relations, we thought it might be nice to balance it all out by doing some good.
From closet cleanses that create new clothes and fair wage jobs to brands that support your favorite cause, we’ve rounded up the best ways to give back this season through fashion.
Keep scrolling for 13 ways you can double down on your stylish impression.
An extension of the brand's super successful denim-recycling street campaign, you can drop off old jeans at any of Madewell’s 97 stores through 2016 and receive $20 off a new pair of Madewell brand jeans.
With every bag you purchase, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. The brand's commitment to giving back one for one extends to all products on their website.
For each piece of Aurate jewelry, you purchase—like this ridiculously rad feather ear cuff we all need—an economically underprivileged child will receive a book.
Tory Burch did all the heavy lifting here by curating a no-brainer luxury gift box. Made by women entrepreneurs, 100% of all proceeds will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which empowers women through access to capital, education, and mentoring and networking accessibility.
Purchase anything on Reformation.com and you'll get a RefRecycling shipping label with your package. Use the label to ship back any undamaged textiles you no longer (or should no longer) use. Follow along through your Reformation profile using the label number to track your shipments on their website and see where your old stuff is going, and the positive environmental impact you made.
Kayu provides jobs in safe and ethically run factories to artisans in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
The profits of this killer collaboration with Accompany fund educational training programs for the women that handcraft Indego Africa's products.
Support fair wages and great working environments for artisans in Uganda when you shop any of Rose & Fitzgerald's home and jewelry designs.
With every purchase, UBB promises to remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways around the world. Also, their stuff is cool.
Enjoy a discount on anything at Cuyana (including these Garance Doré pouches) when you bring your gently used items to recycle in any store location, or when you choose "lean shipping" for any online order. Clothing received will be donated to women in the H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma) program who need a fresh start in their lives.
Andrew Bolton Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art) ($30)
Do you buy the majority of your gifts on Amazon? Us too. Try logging in through Amazon Smile and a portion of the proceeds from every purchase will be donated to the charity you select from one their affiliates.
Gap is once again a part of the (Red) campaign with the launch of this special edition denim jacket. Be a part of Gap’s $1 million commitment to the Global Fund in the fight to end AIDS.
What is your favorite way to give back via fashion? Let us know in the comments!