If you don't know about it yet - the Slow Fashion Movement is what's up, girls! Slow Fashion is the antithesis of mass produced, cheapo clothes so readily found at low-end retailers. Yes, THOSE retailers we all know and love:-) Slow Fashion is about quality, sustainability and conscientious production methods. It's true that high quality, hand made clothing is usually stratospheric in price, but really, that's what you can readily find on Etsy but at affordable price points. Just be sure to read the designers' feedback when you purchase there!
I took the Handmade Pledge at Etsy long ago, and now I've taken the Slow Fashion Pledge - you should too:
Pledge right here