Today I’m sharing my favorite ethical fashion books to get you started on your sustainable fashion journey.
Shopping ethically and sustainably is a great way to do some good in the world while still celebrating your love of fashion. But if you aren’t yet thinking about ethics and sustainability when shopping, it can feel overwhelming to get started.
Yes, trying to better yourself and get educated on the issues in the world can be tricky, but I’m here to make it a little easier!
Here are my picks for essential must-read ethical fashion books. They’ll teach you everything you need to know about the fashion industry and how you can support ethical and sustainable fashion practices.
The Conscious Closet
This book by Elizabeth L. Cline (bookshop.org link here) is a fantastic introduction to the world of sustainable fashion. From materials to sourcing to what to keep and what to sell, this ethical fashion book covers absolutely everything you need to know about.
If you’re trying to actively improve your own wardrobe, this book lays out clear steps you can follow on how to evaluate and sort your clothes.
I consider this read a “Fashion 101,” because it’s a great survey of all things sustainable and ethical fashion!
The Global Beauty Industry: Colorism, Racism, and the National Body
For those of you interested in social issues and how they intersect with fashion, this book by Meeta Rani Jha is a great choice.
This ethical fashion book integrates perspectives from around the world to show the implications of class, gender, race, etc. on the fashion world.
This is such a fascinating way to step out of your own shoes and see the fashion industry from a different point of view!
The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade
If you haven’t already heard of this ethical fashion book, you should read it ASAP!
When I first read this book, I was astounded to learn how many steps and stops even the simplest pieces of clothing go through before they reach our closets.
This book delves into global economics, fashion, and even cultural norms in many different parts of the world which makes for an interesting and educational read.