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One of the strongest responses we’ve ever gotten on our social media accounts is when we addressed the myriad problems facing the fast fashion industry – from copycat designs to massive contributions to environmental damage. Clearly, it seems, we had touched a nerve. We witnessed our readers passionately debating the merits (or lack thereof) in the comments section of Facebook, and realized that there is a huge desire for consumers to have access to clothes that are ethically made, environmentally sustainable, and that one can wear free of a guilty conscience. Sure, there are luxury brands like Gabriela Hearst and Stella McCartney who are doing awesome things with their companies, but if you really want to ditch fast fashion, your replacement has to be, well, affordable.

After lots of research, we landed on the following 13 modestly priced retail brands. We picked them because they are really doing something special in the realm of ethical fashion – from transparent business practices and committing to a circular economy to paying all of their workers a living wage (especially those that make the clothes!). Plus, their stylish products mean your wardrobe won’t miss a beat when it comes to stocking up on fashion-forward looks. If you’re committed to ditching Zara, H&M, and other fast-fashion brands that are responsible for overflowing landfills, sweatshop labor, and flooding drinkable water with toxic substances, you’ll love every brand. Remember, an informed shopper is an empowered shopper.

Full disclosure? There is one brand on the list offering amazing products that are slightly more expensive (think: AED 1,000 or less), but nothing is too unattainable, and some of it is downright bargain-worthy.

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