I'm Obsessed With These 27 Sustainable & Ethical Styles Inspired By The 70's

*This post is generously sponsored by Amour Vert & People of Leisure. I received free product from both brands to wear and photograph. As a brand partner, People of Leisure also contributed a small fee in exchange for being included in this post. Some links in this post are affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase, I receive a small payout from the brand.

Channeling those 70’s vibes in    Amour Vert

Channeling those 70’s vibes in Amour Vert

The thing that I love so much about 70’s style is the rebelliousness of it all. Chalk it up to my lifelong inability to abide by authority if you will, but the eclectic and anti-conformist attitude that comes along with classic 70’s styles just makes me happy. That’s half the fun of getting dressed, isn’t it?

I’ve had a hand in dressing myself for two decades now, and my love for flared jeans and a flowing boho floral print blouse is just as strong now as it was back then. There’s just something about the look that screams “cool girl” to me! I know it’s not really rebellious to wear these trends today, but back then they were totally new on the scene. The 70’s were a time when American culture was fracturing, with a huge youth contingent breaking away from all sorts of societal norms - and they looked pretty damn cool doing it.

Style in the 70’s was about challenging the status quo. Gender-bending outfits (a la David Bowie) and psychedelic prints were more than a look, they were a statement. The punk movement was born in the 70’s, wrapping an anti-establishment attitude into an iconic look consisting of ripped jeans, spiky hair, and piercings galore. Head-to-toe sequins, hippy-dippy dresses, colorful eyewear, denim everything, and dramatic accessories have all been written into the history of fashion thanks to those who wanted to break away from the mold of society.

Amour Vert 70's inspired style sustainable ethical fashion
Amour Vert 70's inspired style sustainable ethical fashion

And you know what? Sartorial rebellion clearly works, because nearly 50 years later here we are, still obsessed with all kinds of styles carried over from the 70’s. Perhaps the looks from that era have endured precisely because they were so different. If you think about it, style in the 70’s was born from a sense of unrest, of being dissatisfied with the system and needing an escape. The political atmosphere at the time caused young Americans to scream out for something different, something more representative of their identity and their desires.

It was about expression, and that’s why those looks - from mod to punk to hippie to glam - put a little spark of joy in my chest. Because what is fashion without expression? What is personal style without a little dash of non-conformity? If you’re anything like me, then I know you can appreciate the mashup of styles that the 1970’s bestowed upon us. Thankfully, brands seem to be totally on board this groovy train, too, with 70’s-inspired looks filling the web-pages of most of my favorite sustainable & ethical brands. Now, go on and check out some of the best 70’s styles below that keep in mind my favorite message from that era - peace, love, and mama earth! ✌️❤️ 🌎

These are the best 70’s inspired styles on the internet right now - and they’re all sustainably & ethically made:

Ethical Shopping, Not A Myth

This article is by Leah Wise of Style Wise, a blog that addresses ethical issues in the fashion industry and aims to inspire conversation and creative dressing. Her patient voice provides an excellent rebuttal against Michael Hobbes' article for the Huffington Post Highline which claims that shopping ethically is impossible.

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper shopping sustainably and ethically is totally possible and we should continue to try our best even if we can't be perfect. The perfect is the enemy of the good, don't give up on ethical shopping.

Michael Hobbes wrote an article for Huffington Post Highline a few weeks ago that shook the conscious consumer community. In The Myth of the Ethical Shopper, Hobbes outlines the myriad ways buying our way to a better world has failed us. It's well researched, and it's true. Imposing regulations on foreign companies without real oversight or local social change has little long term effect on the well being of factory workers.

If you've been following the movement for awhile, you've probably heard an outline of his argument before, but I encourage you to read it - it's an impressive amount of research. The primary point of the piece is this:

"Listening to consumer advocacy campaigns, you’d think our only influence on the developing world was at the cash register. But our real leverage is with our policies, not our purchases...We are not going to shop ourselves into a better world."

In his followup, published last week on the Huffington Post blog, Hobbes responds to commenters who maintain that they are ethical shoppers - by virtue of buying American made or locally sourced items - regardless of what Hobbes has to say about it:

"Let me be super clear about this, in words I might have minced in the piece itself: that is impossible. And pretending it's not is exactly what keeps sweatshops from being solved."

Responding to Hobbes is no easy feat, because he's absolutely right. We're spending too much time making shopping lists and not enough time doing the boring, excruciating work of lobbying for better systems. But it's not enough to write a convincing argument that we all suck at being good people. In fact, that's maybe the worst thing we can do.

In 1984, psychologist Karl E. Weick published a study entitled Small Wins, which explains why large scale social problems are rarely resolved by simply proliferating social sciences research on relevant topics. The reason we fail to remedy social problems, he discovered, has everything to do with how problems are defined in the first place. He found that:

"The massive scale on which social problems are conceived often precludes innovative action because the limits of bounded rationality are exceeded and arousal is raised to dysfunctionally high levels. People often define social problems in ways that overwhelm their ability to do anything about them."

Basically, if you're inundated with information about how terrible everything is, your brain is wired to shut down. This may be the reason The True Cost movie hasn't been as well reviewed as one would hope. There are simply too many reasons to give up hope. There are too many problems.

Read the rest at Style Wise Blog.