06/26/2014 12:00 am ET Updated Aug 25, 2014

7 Ways To Be A Conscious Fashionista (Without Sacrificing All Your Cool Clothes)

Our generation has embraced social responsibility, and giving back has become the norm rather than the exception. For the fashionistas among us, the most logical way to give back might seem like donating used or unwanted clothing. However, it's not always easy to let go of your old favorites.

Don’t worry, you can still donate to a fashionable cause without subjecting your wardrobe to unnecessary scrutiny. With the help of our friends at Suave Professionals, we've come up with seven easy ways to give back in style without raiding your closet.

  • 1 Don't Let Your Good Taste Go To Waste
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    Use your impeccable taste for a good cause and donate your time to fashion-focused charities like Dress for Success. While the global non-profit is best known for providing suits and career counseling to disadvantaged women, DFS also provides one-on-one personal shopping services with the help of fashionably-inclined volunteers.
  • 2 Join The Fashion Police
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    Well, sort of. As a member of the Fashion Police for The Amazing Fashion Race, you won't be issued any handcuffs, but you will have the opportunity to help unite fellow fashion lovers for a good cause. All proceeds from the shopping scavenger hunts benefit The Glambition Project, a non-profit organization with the goal of inspiring and empowering girls between the ages of 11-17.
  • 3 Take Your Talents To The Theater
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    Whether you're an amateur or a pro, you can showcase your sewing skills on the small stage and encourage youth to explore their creative interests by volunteering as a costume designer for local non-profit drama programs such as the Shakespeare Sister Company.
  • 4 Channel Your Inner Supermodel
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    ...or indy designer by volunteering to design or model for a local charity show.
  • 5 Shop For A Cause
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    Merge the best of both worlds by shopping for a cause. Before you squander this season's budget on an overpriced impulse buy, do your research and seek out brands that donate all or a portion of their proceeds to a charity.
  • 6 Become A Mentor
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    Share your passion for fashion with the next generation by participating in art-based programs that allow you to mentor local youth like Free Arts NYC -- a New York based non-profit that offers free arts education workshops for underserved children.
  • 7 Host A Clothing Swap
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    Kill two birds with one stone. Get rid your old favorites while also adding some new digs to your closet by hosting a clothing swap. Invite over a few friends to sift through your closet and negotiate trades. One man's trash is another man's treasure!