You may have seen these buzz words come up a lot lately in the fashion world as more attention has been given to where our clothes come from, how they are made, and who makes them..
And maybe you already know what all those words mean and are already a “Sustainable Style Superstar”.
But if you’re like me (and the majority of my friends and inner circle), you understand some of it – but not all.
You’ve heard about how Fast Fashion is bad, workers making the clothing we buy are unfairly treated and under paid, and over production and over consumption of clothing is bad for our planet.
But before you click away because this may feel too heavy or like I’m about to get all preachy on you here – let me assure you, I’m not.
I’m not telling you this to get on my
soapbox shoebox and start telling you how bad of a person you are for shopping at H&M or make you feel like crap for having an overflowing closet of clothing you never wear. #nojudgement
So, WHAT IS my point then?
The point is to let you know that like most things in life, making small changes can also have a big impact.
Listen, I get it…
When you look online, all of the solutions and suggestions can feel really extreme:
- buy expensive “sustainable” fashion brands
- vow to only buy second hand clothing from now on
- avoid all fast fashion stores forever
So extreme that it may actually prevent you from doing anything at all.
But I’m here to tell you there ARE things you can do if you’re looking to create a more sustainable wardrobe and be more conscious of your clothing choices.
Because, let’s be real here…
Most of us are still going to want to buy new (or “new to us”) clothing – especially if you love shopping and having fun with fashion.
So here are some things you can do to be the most responsible clothing consumer you can be right now:
1. Use what you already own to it’s fullest potential.
Mix and match pieces you have in different ways so you don’t get “bored” with your clothing and aren’t tempted to buy more.
If you need inspiration to do this, look to online sites like Pinterest or hire a Personal Stylist to help you go through your closet with you to help you with new outfit ideas.
2. When shopping for new pieces, buy the best quality you can afford so it will last longer.
You don’t need to blow the budget here, just take it a step up so your pieces last longer and you don’t have to replace them as often.
A good example of shopping for quality is when you’re looking for a new pair of glasses. Whether you’re buying them with a prescription or you’re simply wanting to wear them for style, invest in some quality ones that will last. They’ll be made out of stronger materials and they will also likely be more comfortable when it comes to them sitting on the bridge of your nose for hours on end. If you’re looking for some inspiration, then www.eyeglasses.com is a great place to start off your search.
3. If you love shopping and appreciate unique finds, try out consignment and thrift stores.
Not only will it save you money, but you are helping out a local charity and at the same time keeping more clothing from being sent to landfills.
4. Host a clothing swap with your friends.
Make a fun night of it! Put up some clothing racks, invite a handful of friends (and have each of them bring a friend), order some take out, and play dress up while swapping clothes.
5. Take care of your clothes.
Follow the care instructions on your clothes so they last longer.
And don’t forget about repairing when possible (like a missing button, broken zipper, or heel on a shoe) instead of throwing them away or donating them.
It’s the small things that all of us can do that will add up to make an impact.
Now it’s your turn – I’d love to hear from you!
Are you already doing something to make your wardrobe more sustainable? What is it?
Have you changed your shopping habits to be a more conscious clothing shopper?
Do you want to be more responsible with your buying power but aren’t sure where to start?
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I can’t wait to hear from you.