“Kindness is always fashionable.” These words, emblazoned on the tote bag of this Fashionista, depict exactly what accessory is perfect for every outfit—compassion. Now not to get all Lifetime movie on y’all, but I always get the warm and fuzzies whenever I know that part of the money from something I bought goes to help a charity or cause of some sort. Not only do I end up with a cool article of clothing, but I know that I’m contributing to the greater good of the world.
This Fashionista’s philanthropic tote bag was designed by Rachel Roy back in 2010 to aid in the relief efforts for flooding in Pakistan. Worn with a smart blazer, it’s just the right size to use as a school bag to carry all her essentials to make this Fashionista first in her class. Her long, layered necklaces complement the length of the cross-body bag, and combined with her headwrap, give the outfit a bohemian feel.
Today you can choose from a variety of brands and clothing items that give back to the community. A quick Google search provides numerous options from the super high fashion to the more affordable so you can find a charity that really speaks to you. An example of a well-known brand is TOMS shoes. Their mission, according to their website, is simply: “For every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need.” From the original slip-on shoes to their newer products, there’s an option for everyone’s style.
To amp up your arm party game, try a bracelet from Pura Vida. The colorful, friendship style bracelets help give jobs to people in Costa Rica. They look super fun layered with many different styles of bracelets, like cuffs and bangles.
How to: Go local. Look around in boutiques in your area. Some might have jewelry or clothes that benefit a charity in your area. Or, you can also end up just showing your support for the local artists in your community by buying products from your neighborhood farmer’s market. Give back while looking stylish this back-to-school season.