In the past few years, many people started paying attention to the environment, which is great, considering that the state of our planet right now. Even though it’s practically impossible to do something on an individual basis, there are certain lifestyle modifications, that can significantly improve the state of the world we live in. One of these steps is a sustainable wardrobe, so if you’ve been thinking about doing something about the clothes you wear, here are some tips that will help you make your wardrobe more sustainable and purposeful.
This needs to be said right away. Shopping for clothes is definitely a fun hobby, but it should never be your main way to kill time or improve yourself as a person. Owning pretty clothes is fine as long as you have in mind that, owning and wearing clothes are two entirely different things. Buying every single thing that seems cute or is cheap might provide you with a temporary rush of joy, but it’s not going to make you happy in the long run. Instead, buy only clothes that you’d truly wear, and avoid stuffing your closet to avoid unneeded cluttering.
Thrift shopping has its unique charm that mainly reflects in a mixture of uncertainty when you enter the store and the feeling of personal victory when you manage to snatch that perfect blazer that’s been waiting for you and you only. However, if you’re new to this type of clothes shopping, it’s important to drop the expectations, because when you go to a thrift store, you can’t expect to find things that fit your criteria. Instead, it’s all about letting go and browsing clothes until you find something amazing.
Since we live in a celebrity culture that celebrates constant consumption, it’s hard to imagine not owning a lot of clothes. But, in reality, most of us wear the same clothes multiple times a week, which is actually a normal thing to do. That’s why it’s better to focus on quality pieces of clothes that will last longer, compared to fast fashion things you find in most of the malls nowadays. Once you start paying attention to quality and durability, you’ll realize that sustainable luxury is a much better option when creating a perfect sustainable wardrobe. When you get this right, you can play with different accessories to further elevate your style.
Declutter everything, and be smart about it
Decluttering is an amazing (and often charitable) way to get rid of the clothes you don’t wear anymore. However, when decluttering, it’s important to be smart about it, because throwing things away without checking is not always the right thing to do. For example, if you’re discarding an itchy sweater, be sure to take a picture or make a mental note, so you won’t end up buying something similar later.
Learn to mend your own clothes
Sometimes, it’s easy to throw away a t-shirt with a tiny hole, but mending your own clothes is a much more practical way to keep your wardrobe sustainable. If mending isn’t your thing, then feel free to ask a tailor to do this for you. Even if you’re not the craftiest person out there, learning how to sew a button can be of great help in certain situations.
Making your wardrobe more sustainable is a wonderful way to start your journey toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Being more fashion-conscious is not an easy task, as it requires you to learn more, but it’s something that can definitely pay off in the future. Just remember to enjoy this new chapter in your life and love the clothes you wear no matter where it comes from.