There are ways to leave the shops with an empty wallet and a happy heart. Here’s how to help those in need while shopping up a storm.

Have you ever felt guilty after splurging at the shops? Well, we’ve got good news for you!

Many labels are now providing a way for you to feel good about your retail therapy, with a growing trend towards paying forward your purchase to someone in need.

Your guide to feel good fashion

On the right foot

TOMS shoes is one of many social enterprises providing a different way to shop with its ‘One for One’ program. For every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need. TOMS shoes started in 2006, after founder Blake Mycoskie visited a village in Argentina and saw that the children didn’t have adequate shoes to protect their feet.

What started in his apartment in California has now grown into a global movement, with more than 10 million pairs of new shoes gifted to children in around 60 countries.

Seeing clearly

Oscar Wylee is a visionary optical company which started out of a garage in Sydney in 2012 with the simple goal of providing eyecare for all. John Teoh and Michael Lim launched their first line of frames in conjunction with their ‘I care’ program, partnering with Rose Charities to provide sustainable eye care programs in Cambodia. For every pair of glasses purchased, they send another pair to someone less fortunate, or provide funds for cataract surgery and training for eye doctors.

Their spring collection, featuring tortoise shell prints and two tonal colour schemes, is out now and with their free home trial it’d be an oversight to look any where else.

One to watch

New York fashion designer Michael Kors has launched a 100 Series Watch Collection for his ‘Watch Hunger Stop’ campaign. For each watch sold, Kors contributes a portion of the sale to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) who use the funds to provide 100 meals for hungry children in need. In the past year, he’s helped the WFP deliver more than five million meals to children, who would otherwise go without, proving that making a difference is timeless.

The unisex watches come in two sizes and three tones; rose-gold, silver and gold, with a map-engraved face and retail from $449. Availabe online at and from Michael Kors stores in Sydney and Melbourne.

So next time you’re treating yourself to some retail therapy, keep these fashion houses in mind and avoid that nasty buyers remorse!

Is feel good fashion something you’re passionate about? Share your favorite ways to give back through fashion in the comments.