Being more sustainable has been an important topic for a while, but in recent years, it’s been at the forefront of peoples’ minds a lot more than before. There’s also been that question – do we buy more because brands make so much stuff, or do brands make so much stuff because people will buy it? Most people enjoy looking good but if you’re wearing sustainable items whilst looking good, that’s ideal. We need to do everything we can to be eco-friendly nowadays!
As we’ve all been indoors and going out a lot less, the mindset of shoppers is shifting and many of us are being more intentional when we shop. Whether you’re looking to purchase a one-off staple item for your capsule wardrobe, or you’re wanting to shop more sustainably and eco-friendly in general, we’ve got some tips.
Research sustainable brands
When you’re planning your wardrobe, take time to do research into the brands you’re buying from. With more and more sustainable brands popping up, it’s now becoming much easier to look into brands, find out what they do and learn more about their overall ethos. There’s a whole new world of accessible and ethical fashion brands out there, so whether you’re looking for casual loungewear, workwear, clothes to head out in or exercise outfits, there’s never been a better time to find something that suits your style.
Create a capsule wardrobe
Capsule wardrobes have been around for some time, but many people have only recently discovered the benefits of them. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a carefully curated collection of pieces that coordinate together and can be worn in a number of different ways, catering for all occasions. The usual finds in your capsule wardrobe are items like a good quality white shirt, a comfy jumper, a pair of jeans and a trench coat. These items you can pretty much wear all year round, and the idea is to add only one or two pieces to that as the seasons change. Of course, if you work for a company that requires you to wear printed shirts or a uniform, these items won’t count as part of your capsule wardrobe. Workwear is exempt!
Reuse and recycle clothes
If you how to sew or fancy attempting a bit of DIY, a great option would be to repair and reuse your clothes. Don’t throw away a pair of ripped jeans – patch them up a bit and get a few more years of life out of them. If sewing isn’t your strong suit, another option is to find a local tailor who can give you a helping hand with any repairs you need. You can also use this method to recycle your clothes too. Give fabrics a new lease of life; have some alterations made to create a whole new garment if you feel like you’ve outgrown something or if it could do with a refresh.
Choosing to shop vintage is becoming a much more popular (and sustainable) option. Opt for a statement piece that you won’t be able to pick up in any old place – having pieces that truly speak to you is important. Being sustainable doesn’t mean that you don’t have options. It means that you can select clothes that are more unique, and might even encourage you to try a new style. Plus, if you’re into trends, remember that they follow a cycle – a vintage piece you pick up from your local shop is sure to come back around in the next few years.
Give the 30-wear challenge a try
The idea of this challenge is to think about whether or not you’ll wear a piece of clothing at least 30 times before buying it. Invest in items with longevity in mind, knowing you can wear them over and over again. The more versatile the piece, the more times you’ll want to and be able to wear it. If you go shopping with this mindset, you’ll be surprised about how many items you put back down.
Choose quality over quantity
When you’re picking your new pieces with a view of buying less fast fashion, one thing that is helpful is to think about choosing quality over quantity. Like a go-to handbag – instead of picking up something that might be cheaply made and won’t last very long, go for something more durable instead, like a staple handbag that will last a lifetime. The same rule applies for shoes and other garments too.
No matter what your own personal style or taste is, these are a few ways you can be more sustainable and buy things that are not only better quality, but also will last you longer. Rather than buying items you don’t really need or won’t use much, these tips will help you to make more considered, thought-out decisions when it comes to creating a more sustainable wardrobe.