This is a guest post from our friends at StyleSubstanceSoul.com, a site focused on giving you tips for shopping with a conscience.
Looking for accessories that are good for your soul AND your style? Check out our, budget-friendly, accessory picks below.
Each season, the Leakey Collection, a company based in Kenya, that uses natural elements to create gorgeous pieces of jewelry while respecting the environment and providing economic opportunity to the local communities, puts out a collection of hand-crafted necklaces using the Pantone fashion color trends of that season. The necklaces are made from grass beads, fallen acacia hard wood, Czech glass and TLC porcelain.
We love these orange (again, a major trend for Fall 2011) chandelier earrings from International Sanctuary ($15). The earrings are handmade by survivors of human trafficking – who benefit from each pair sold.
It seems like everywhere we look, natural tribal pieces and ornamental accessories are making a big statement. The tagua bib necklace ($72) from the Andean Collection — in sunset orange! — is a stunning piece which we could definitely see Kathryn herself wearing. It’s bold yet lightweight and, with its leather tie, is a perfect complement to a little black dress or little white t-shirt. The Andean Collection works to bring sustainable change to South America’s impoverished communities, so even though the piece may be a bit of a splurge, it’s one that’s easy to rationalize because the money goes to such a good cause.
We’re big fans of these chunky “Choose Haiti” bracelets ($10) from Blanket America. Handmade by Haitian artisans from recycled bottles and covered with newspaper paper mache, each piece is one-of-a-kind and helps create jobs in the earthquake-stricken country. An armful of these can make such a difference – both style-wise and charity-wise – and you can have your own “arm party”.
You’ll be seeing lots of metal and lots of cuffs this season, but here are the best we’ve found – and you’ll never guess what they used to be. Embossed and cut by hand, these powerful pieces from Gifts With Humanity ($24.99) are made from old steel oil drums, and they have the patina to prove it. This fair trade business supports artisans all over the world.
With all these worthy causes benefiting from your purchases, you now have a good excuse to beef up your fall wardrobe. So go ahead and shop – with a conscience!