Fair Fashion

7 Fab Ethical Fashion Picks from Modcloth!



The Kerry on with Confidence blouse from Mata Traders. 

Modcloth is shorthand for ‘cute-as-a-button-dresses’ among plenty of ladies I know (and the company has single-handedly turned a few into dress obsessives!). The good news is that the company offers some sweet (but not too sugary) dresses, skirts and tops that are ALSO fair trade by label Mata Traders, as well as great sustainable accessories—all with Modcloth’s attention to adorable. I picked 7 ethical fashion pieces that I found particularly on trend for this fall.

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The Jot That Down skirt from Mata Traders-a perfect, comfortable autumn skirt if there ever was one. 

By transforming fashion into action, Mata Traders strives to fight poverty with employment – and empowerment – of craftswomen in India and Nepal. This feminist-minded brand specializes in fair trade and handmade products that are both beautiful and ethical.

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The Macaron Your Day dress by Mata Traders.

Modcloth also buys from several ethical accessories makers, like bag-maker extraordinaire Baggu, which makes adorable reusable bags you might find yourself using as a day bag instead of for groceries!

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That’s Ostrich Tote from Baggu. 

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The H2OMG bottle is all glass—the only kind of water bottle I carry anymore; water tastes better from a glass bottle, trust me on this one. 

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The For Many Moons Earrings are by Mata Traders (yes, they make cute jewelry too!) 

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The Tech Ray Vision Tablet Case is made from recycled materials, and turns your iPad into a funny cartoon—while protecting it. 


Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.