Clothes aren’t going to change the world. The people who wear them will.
For a while now, we’ve been trying to make conscious fashion choices in order to contribute to slow fashion. In the beginning, we found it quite difficult, as we didn’t know where to start since we were quite ignorant on the topic. However, over the last couple of months we have found more and more ways to make our wardrobes almost completely sustainable. Here are 5 tips that helped us getting into slow fashion.
1. SHOP YOUR CLOSET
Your own closet has often pieces of clothing, that you’ve forgotten all about, laying somewhere in the back. Shopping your own closet is the perfect way to rediscover these items. You never know, you might (re)fall head-over-heels in love with them and you prevent yourself from unnecessarily buying new ones. Moreover, you can also shop your closet for new outfits. We probably all have certain pieces that we combine and like as an outfit. However, It can do no harm to try to find new combinations from time to time. Go on Instagram, Pinterest, We Heart It or any other platform that provides you inspiration and see if you can recreate outfits that you like with items from your own closet.
2. SEARCH ETHICAL BRANDS
Nowadays, there are many ethical brands that provide sustainable clothes. These clothes are made of eco-friendly fabrics such as linen and cotton. Plus, they are made by people who get paid fairly for the amount of work they put in the clothes. The only thing is that these items can be a little bit expensive and not everyone can afford them. We surely can’t fill our entire wardrobe with new items from sustainable stores. However, we do like to invest in them. So, every once in a while, we save some money to buy 1 or 2 items that are a bit out of our price range, but are in fact sustainable. We value these items much more and, because of their good quality, we (can) wear them all the time.
a few ethical brands: Everlane, Reformation, Back Beat Rags
3. GO THRIFTING
An even better option than buying clothes from sustainable brands, is thrifting. This way you won’t buy any new produced items, instead you will be recycling clothes and it will cost you a lot less. It can be quite a quest to find clothes that you like at thrift stores, most of the time you just need to be lucky. Sometimes, you come home with a treasure chest filled with vintage pieces, and on other days you come home empty handed. Nevertheless, we really enjoy this way of purchasing clothes.
4. SELL OR DONATE YOUR OLD CLOTHES
Just because you have certain clothing items that you do not care for any more, does not mean that you cannot give them a happy second home. Try to sell or donate the clothes you think don’t suit you as well as they used to. This way, you make sure that they won’t go to waste, you can earn a little bit extra and you can make someone else very happy with them. It’s a win-win-win. Thanks to the age of technology we are living in, selling your clothes can easily be done online. On sites as Depop you can now quickly open your own online shop.
5. CREATE A CAPSULE WARDROBE
By creating a capsule wardrobe, you start creating a sustainable wardrobe. The essence of a capsule wardrobe is curating your closet around things that you love, with a focus on the quality and longevity of the items that you purchase. Ultimately, having a capsule wardrobe prevents you from impulsively buying things that are not only damaging to our environment, but also won’t last very long, since they have poor quality. (More on ‘how to create a capsule wardrobe’ will follow soon.)
These are 5 tips that helped us getting into slow fashion. We hope they will be helpful to you and may they guide you to a more sustainable wardrobe.
Lily~Rose & Kiki~Jane