This International Women’s Day, why not treat yourself - and others.
Wearing your political beliefs emblazoned across your chest (or coffee mug, or tote bag) isn’t a 21st century idea. But over the last few years, feminist mantras have crept into our wardrobes like never before.
This is no bad thing, because political fashion is important. It can be a celebration, a protest, an identifier and a mission statement all at once. Move through the world wearing a t-shirt bearing a feminist slogan, and you’re sending a message to every misogynist who glances your way: we’re here, taking up space, and we’re not going anywhere.
On some occasions, however, feminist-branded products can leave us feeling a little queasy; a bit like major corporations have spotted the swell of interest in the movement and thought, “There’s an opportunity here.” Modern feminist fashion can sometimes seem strangely de-politicised – and you don’t need us to tell you that if your ‘feminist’ t-shirt is made by women working in a sweatshop on the other side of the world, it isn’t really very feminist at all.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a selection of the wittiest and most beautiful feminist fashion pieces – plus homewares and beauty products – that actually benefit other women. Some of the items listed here benefit women’s charities through donated sales profits; others are ethically made by female cooperatives around the world, meaning that every purchase helps provide marginalised women with a safe, reliable income.
Go forth and shop with your conscience clear – and do your bit for the feminist movement.
Stylist x Être Cécile Women In History Shouldn't Be A Mystery T-Shirt
We’re delighted to debut our first-ever fashion collaboration, an exclusive design with Être Cécile, to support International Women’s Day.
The 100% cotton jersey t-shirt features a chic high crewneck and references Stylist’s Visible Women campaign, which aims to raise awareness of inspiring women from history (and the present day) who’ve made a difference to society.
T-shirts are priced at £45, and more than 55% of the proceeds from each sale – a whopping £25 – goes to Women’s Aid. This essential charity provides lifesaving services for women and children affected by domestic violence in the UK, and at a time when women’s refuges are increasingly under threat, their work is more crucial than ever.
Gold Feminist Statement Necklace
Swedish brand, Phine, has created a range of bold, gold and utterly desirable jewellery, all which has been stamped with the word ‘Feminist’. Not only do the pieces look amazing, but they support a worthy cause, too.
£10 from every gold-plated necklace sold is donated to The Girls Network, which aims to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.
Grapefruit Bath Bomb by BADALABADALA is a small women-led foundation working to support sex trafficking survivors. All of their products are made by female artisans in East Africa and Central America, providing them with economic self-sufficiency and a life outside of forced prostitution.
We love this rejuvenating, rose clay and epsom salt bath bomb, made by trafficking survivors in the USA.
£7.25 ($10), badala.org
makeHERstory White Slogan T-Shirt
Missguided has teamed up with non-profit organisation, Girls Out Loud, to create a charity collection to help support and empower the next generation of amazing females.
Up until the 22 March, eight percent of gross profits from the ‘makeherstory’ range will be donated to to the Girls Out Loud Foundation, which supports young girls with mentoring and programmes.
Empower Charity Necklace
Mantra Jewellery is supporting Care International with sales from its new ‘Empower’ necklace. The delicate pendant comes in silver, gold and rose gold and bears the word ‘Empower’ across the front, in a beautifully gilded script. The term was chosen as a representative of the mantra, ‘I am an empowered woman who empowers others’.
25% of the price of each necklace will be donated to the charity, to aid the work they do in helping girls in poverty.
From £45, mantrajewellery.co.uk
Nevada Earrings by Mata Traders
Ethical design company Mata Traders partner with fair trade organisations in India and Nepal to provide women in marginalised communities with a stable source of income.
These goldtone-plated brass earrings are made at a fairtrade women’s cooperative in India. Wear with a simple black sweater and a slash of red lipstick for instant cool.
Boobie Earrings by Melopepo
10% of proceeds from each of these adorable “boobie” earrings goes directly to Planned Parenthood, with another 10% going to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
They’re available in solid silver or 14 carat gold fill – and because they’re handcrafted, each pair is slightly different (just like real boobs). If earrings aren’t your thing, you can also get your hands on boobie rings and necklaces.
Marie Bralette Courtesan Bralette (Black)
This floral bralette is super-pretty and made by Naja, an American brand that primarily employs single mothers or female heads of households.
Naja’s garment factory has flexible working policies, meaning that employees can balance work and childcare more easily, and every child of a Naja worker receives free books, school supplies, uniforms and school meals courtesy of the company.
£34.70 ($45), naja.co
Women's Bodies Cards
Artist and designer collective La Batarde donate all their net profits to the Abortion Support Network (ASN), to help women in Northern and South Ireland access vital abortion services.
We love these Matisse-influenced A5 greeting cards, which come in a pack of five (plus envelopes) and are perfect for sending to your best friends.
Loose-Fit Crush Tee
La Batarde also make clothes: we love this pleasingly aggressive t-shirt, which is obviously perfect for Sunday lunch at your granny’s.
Bloody Difficult Woman Mug
Turn your cup of tea into a toast to difficult (read: powerful) women everywhere with this mug by The Fawcett Society. All proceeds help support their work for gender equality and women’s rights in the UK.
Getting Started Tee
Since becoming president, Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to slash Planned Parenthood’s federal funding – something that would mean thousands of women (and men) lose access to services including STD testing to birth control and abortions.
To do their bit to help, cult American brand Reformation are donating £24.50 ($30) to Planned Parenthood from the sale of each of these sunflower-yellow t-shirts (part of their The Action Tees collection). Look good, do good.
£38.56 ($50), thereformation.com
Another t-shirt from Reformation’s The Action Tees collection, with £24.50 going to Planned Parenthood.
£38.56 ($50), thereformation.com
Feminist Authors Tote
This bag is part of a collection designed to highlight feminist women of colour. 10% from the proceeds of each sale go to the US black feminist collective Assata’s Daughters, who work alongside the Black Lives Matter movement.
The women whose surnames appear on this tote bag – including bell hooks, Ntozake Shange, Gloria E. Anzaldua, Zora Neale Hurston and Zadie Smith – have all written compellingly on the intersecting issues of feminism, racism and sexism.
Love them? Buy it. Never heard of them? Buy their books.
£15.43 ($20), philadelphia-printworks.myshopify.com
How Dare You Assume I’m Straight Tank Top
Nasty Woman T-Shirt
Launched in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s now-infamous attack on Hillary Clinton, these charity t-shirts – beloved by stars including Katy Perry – have since raised over £100,000 for Planned Parenthood. Get your hands on a piece of grassroots feminist history.
£19.28 ($25), googleghost.myshopify.com
WONDER WOMEN Raglan Scoop Sweatshirt
£10 from the sale of this organic cotton sweatshirt goes to Mother2Mothers, a charity that employs, trains and empowers mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa to end paediatric AIDS.
The jumper was also made at a Fair Wear certified factory, meaning no unfair labour was involved in its production.
Kohl Kreatives The 3ss3ntials Trio
This kit includes three brushes (the ‘big circle’, the ‘big rectangle’ and the ‘square’). They’re super-soft, vegan and cruelty-free, and can be used for everything from applying lip colour to blending highlighter.
Best of all, all the profits from the brushes go straight back into Kohl Kreatives’ charity, Kohl Kares, which provides free make-up consultancy services to transitioning transgender and recovering cancer patients.
Yes She Can bag for Rosa UK
100% of the funds from this handy tote bag will be donated to Rosa UK, a brilliant charity set up to support girls and women around the UK.
Their supported projects include tackling the taboo around FGM, to initiatives helping disadvantaged and isolated women get back into work. Find out more about their work here.
White Cotton and Linen “We Should All Be Feminists” Print T-Shirt
Eyebrows were raised when Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri sent these feminist-branded t-shirts out onto the catwalk last summer – and then lowered again when it was revealed that a portion of sales from every luxury tee will go to Rihanna’s charity.
The Clara Lionel Foundation helps fund education, health and emergency response programmes around the world, as well as offering scholarships to help students from the Caribbean make it to US universities.
Two years ago, 31-year-old Lauren Mahon was informed that she had breast cancer. Her response, as detailed on her (very funny) blog Girl Stole London, was one of outraged incredulity: “How can I have breast cancer when I DON’T HAVE ANY BASTARD TITS?!?!”
If you want to support women going through breast cancer and look good while doing it, we recommend one of Mahon’s tongue-in-cheek #GIRLvsCancer t-shirts (we especially like this collegiate-style MAMMARIES version). A quarter of sales from every boyfriend tee sold will be donated to the Breast Cancer Haven.