The Slow-Fashion Shopping Guide

Shopping is a sport (yeah, I said it) that can so easily get out of hand—competitive even. It feels like we are constantly striving to be the first to try the latest trend, score the best deals, and know about cool new brands before everyone else. After a while, the hustling becomes exhausting and your closet suddenly looks like a graveyard of fast-fashion impulse buys and trends that had the lifespan of an ant. Satisfied? Hardly. Despite all the "stuff" you've acquired, you still find yourself wanting more.

Halfway through the year, we take time "to slow down and take stock of where our wardrobes are and where we want them to be through the lens of slow fashion. Slow fashion is about consuming and creating fashion consciously and with integrity," said our lovely editor in chief, Kat Collings, in her letter to our readers introducing this month's editorial theme, slow fashion. Don't worry—we're not trying to shame you for indulging in a fast-fashion buy every once in a while. Instead, we are here to get you to start thinking about where your clothes come from and why. In case you're not even sure where to start, we started for you.

Ahead shop the slow fashion brands that are doing it right when it comes to this whole slow-fashion thing. Be in awe as you read the mission statements from the 10 brands ahead, and trust me when I say this list barely scratches the surface when it comes to designers and labels emphasizing sustainability and giving back, but it's a pretty good jumping off point.