We've all heard the big names of the fashion industry: Forever 21, H&M, Abercrombie, and more. Although, there are so many untapped fashion brands that offer the same amount of style, quality, and flare that you can support just by picking out your favorite looks.
During one of the most difficult times for small businesses, it's more important than ever to do what you can to help them. So if you're a self-proclaimed fashionista, use this article to learn about some of my top small business finds that will help you create a wardrobe perfect for this winter.
1. Dandy Babes
Price Range: $-$$
Dandy Babes, simply put, has a bit of everything. From home decor to jewelry to vintage and up-cycled apparel, this incredible eCommerce business has the most interesting curios. This small business is run by Nicole Sipos, a woman entrepreneur, who adds her simple yet classy touch to almost every item by reworking and up-cycling the clothes herself. She comprises chic and trendy apparel and accessories for anyone, with any style. One of the unique aspects of this already one-of-a-kind shop is that Dandy Babes curates all of its products and collections sustainably and through supporting other small businesses. In fact, most of their online collection of goods comprises other small business's products.
Shop Dandy Babes here!
Dandy Babes owner Nicole Sipos's tip for other small businesses:
“If you have no clue what you're doing or how to do it, don't stress because everything will fall into place if you just keep going. Don't be afraid to ask for help!”
Price range: $$-$$$
Trademarked as “earth's favorite clothing,” this apparel company has its main focus on promoting sustainability and up-cycling. They capitalize on the fact that all of their clothing is made with 100% cotton and is fair trade certified. If you're looking for basics, bedding, or kids' apparel while promoting a more sustainable lifestyle, this is the store for you. This small business has something for everyone!
Shop Pact here!
“Pact partners with Fair Trade Certified™ factories because they ensure care for both people and planet. Fair Trade factories provide safe working conditions, empower and uplift local communities, and protect the environment.” — Pact
3. Art By Elaine Co.
Price Range: $-$$
This apparel, trinket, and sticker shop takes you on a journey through America's most beautiful scenes and parks. The best part? 10% of all proceeds from this business goes to support the Equal Justice Initiative that helps to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals. If you're looking for a comfy sweatshirt, a chic travel mug, or stunning stickers to adorn your laptop with, this is the shop for you. I'll let these stunning items speak for themselves:
Shop Art By Elaine Co. here!
Photo credits: Art By Elaine Co. Instagram
4. The Joyous Pine Co.
Price Range: $
This stunning trinket shop (stickers, notepads, and more!) brings every boho-chic aesthetic to life with beautiful artwork that is skillfully encapsulated within every item. If you're looking for some stationery, ProCreate palettes, or anything in-between, this is your go-to eCommerce business.
Bonus: This Etsy shop donates 10% of its proceeds to charity and is also very affordable for anyone looking to get some cool finds without breaking their wallet!
Shop The Joyous Pine Co. here!
Photo Credits: The Joyous Pine Co.
5. Whateva Lola
Price Range: $-$$$
In their own words, “Whateva Lola is a lifestyle brand that celebrates women doing whateva they want while wearing whateva they want! We have a bunch of handmade earrings, tees, stickers, and much more, all of which are guaranteed to put the biggest smile on your face!”
This business consists of incredibly vibrant and chic colors and individual patterns that are truly one-of-a-kind. Run by a 20-something-year-old couple passionate about hand-making each and every product, this business has the most adorable sets of must-have finds!
Shop Whateva Lola here!
Photo Credits: whatevalola
6. Mantra and Co.
Price Range: $
I have to admit, this is a little bit of a self-plug here as I run this small business called Mantra and Co. We sell dainty jewelry and accessories and donate ALL net proceeds to various charities including, but not limited to, the Innocence Project (helping to provide DNA testing for wrongfully convicted individuals), Genesis Women's Shelter (helping women who've encountered domestic violence reintegrate into society), and several more! We are comprised of a team of teen entrepreneurs looking to make a change in the world.
Shop Mantra and Co. here!
From a small business owner to all of you, every time you purchase from a small business you are helping to foster a real person, just like you and me. You put a smile on their face and enable them to continue doing what they love and are passionate about! Running a small business takes work, grit, and an unbelievable amount of perseverance (trust me, I can vouch for this part!) So, with that being said, I urge all of you to do your best to shop small and help support these lovely small businesses.