Where you spend your money can sometimes be a force for social change, and that includes fashion purchases. When you find brands that support causes you care about, buying from them feels all the more satisfying. One particularly relevant cause for many people is women's reproductive health, and luckily, support Planned Parenthood through fashion.
Of course, you can always make donations to them directly — and that goes for any organization you want to support. However, there are also plenty of fashion brands that support Planned Parenthood by way of donating the proceeds from sales of certain products (and sometimes everything from the brand), and they're worth knowing if you want a creative way to give back.
Lots of fashion brands and designers match employee contributions to Planned Parenthood, and some support them for a certain time. The #WomenTogether project that ran from Nov. 25-28 featured brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Ace & Jig, donating portions of sales to Planned Parenthood and other groups for a period of time.
While that was super rad, what about the rest of the year? What brands are vocal about their support so you know you are putting your money where your beliefs are? Here are nine places to buy fashion to support Planned Parenthood:
Rachel Antonoff's Instagram is full of engagement. She has inclusive and diverse fashion and designs that make a statement. Her page features strong women and her products emphasize women's choices. Instead of stopping donations at a certain time, she will continue to donate a portions of the final sales of the Female Reproductive styles of merchandise to Planned Parenthood.
Google Ghost has become the embodiment of the "Nasty Woman" world. According to their website, "Nasty Women take care of themselves and serve others. That’s why a portion of proceeds from products on the site go to Planned Parenthood. As of February 2017, we've donated $125,165 and we’re not stopping!"
Otherwild's has a selection of products with the phrase, "The Future is Female." Otherwild staff lives this message, participating in rallies and sharing their support for women — they donate 25 percent of the proceeds from these shirts to Planned Parenthood.
The Outrage is a brand offers a multitude of ways to support Planned Parenthood. You can send postcards to your friends and The Outrage donates 100 percent of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. You can also buy sweatshirts that say "Pantsuit Nation" — 100 percent of those proceeds are donated as well, in Hilary Clinton's name. Or, get a "Nasty Women" crop top and they donate 15 percent of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood in Donald Trump's name. The brand's Instagram shows a lot of support for all women, with celebrations of Black History month and the LGBT community.
The pin features the American Sign Language sign for "I Love You." For each pin you buy, $1 is donated to the ACLU and $1 is donated to Planned Parenthood. Their goal is to raise $200K for women's rights causes.
6Planned Parenthood Marketplace
This is the perfect way to donate directly to Planned Parenthood and also get something to wear that shows your support. Planned Parenthood's Marketplace has a variety of shirts, hats, water bottles, and more so you can show the world where you stand.
7Ben Wiseman For Society6
Women's March on Washington, $24, Society6
This well-known illustrator has contributed to TIME, Newsweek, and many more. Now, he has made a design specifically for the Women's March, and all proceeds from shirt sales go to Planned Parenthood.
This Etsy shop is the perfect place for those looking to represent pantsuit nation. 100 percent of your purchase of these (or the matching pin) is donated to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU — you choose at checkout. According to their shop, "We don't know what to do right now, and we're pretty much speechless still, but we know we want to donate to PLANNED PARENTHOOD and The ACLU, and this is how we're doing it."
9The Council of Fashion Designers of America
The CFDA announced a collaboration with Planned Parenthood to draw attention to the health organization. According to their website, CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb said, "Civic responsibility is an important CFDA pillar. Defunding Planned Parenthood will impact millions of Americans. We will raise awareness and support this fashion week and show that Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood.”
Every time you spend money, you are helping the brand you purchase further their views, whether that is your intention or not. Purchasing from a brand that supports what you believe in is a great way to use your money for social awareness and change.