Finding the right sustainable fashion books can be pretty challenging. After getting a lot of requests on book suggestions, here are my top sustainable fashion books. More to come as time goes on. These are great holiday or birthday gifts for the sustainable fashionistas in your life.
Talking about sustainable fashion is nice, but even though all these books talked about one aspect or another, I couldn’t find a book that had the right amount of each in the same place. Hence, I wrote Slower Style to take a bunch of the ideas from the following 6 and eliminated all the excess. If you’re just looking for the best of the best when it comes to Sustainable Fashion, this is the book for you. Plus, it focuses more on the business side of things instead of just the fashion side. It’s a good place to start.
Over-Dressed is a good introduction to the woes of the fast fashion world. Cline talks mainly about the relationship between cheap overseas manufacturers and the mega-conglomerates that hire them. I really like how they bring to light ethical concerns, but it’s mostly an overview of fast fashion. A great start for anyone trying to get started with the sustainable fashion movement.
If you’re looking for a historically themed textbook like book, this is the book for you. Focusing more on events that make up the fashion industry instead of the current systematic issues surrounding the fashion industry. If you’re a professor or professional just starting out making a course on sustainable fashion, this is the book for you.
The quintessential ethical fashion book. Sustainability combines ethics, with environmental and economic incentives. Therefore, by default, Wear no evil is not sustainable, but can be if it also considers the other parts of sustainable fashion. This is my go-to book when anyone asks me about ethical fashion and how it differs from sustainable fashion.
Finding a book on the Eco side of sustainable fashion can be pretty difficult. If you are looking for a book that focuses more on the eco side of fashion instead of the ethical side of fashion, this is a really good book. Lots of descriptions of the different types of eco-friendly fabrics.
If you’re looking for a better lens to look at the fashion industry, check out Naked Fashion. It’s similar to Slower Style in that it lays out an idea of sustainable fashion. Written in a textbook style by a fashion expert, instead of a sustainable expert. It’s a nice supplement to the Slower Style Book if you’re looking for books to assign as part of a sustainable fashion course.
Slow Fashon is what motivated me to write Slower Style. It’s more focused on the economic side of sustainable fashion. Favoring minimalism and conscious consumerism over fast fashion. If you’re looking for a version of Slower Style, but for a classroom or lecture setting, this is the perfect book.
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