Do you ever stand in front of your closet and think you don't have any clothes to wear?
I hear it from my friends all the time. “I have nothing to wear.” And if you’ve said it yourself, you’re not alone. Even with our wardrobe full of clothes, we feel like we need more and the most common reaction towards this feeling is to buy lots and buy often. And that's where the problem lies.
We are all aware of the devastating effects of climate change and that fashion plays a major role in it. So, let's imagine if all of us start adopting a more sustainable lifestyle and wear clothes that cause no harm.
It's not so easy switching from a lifestyle to another in a short time, that's why I am sharing with you today some useful tips on how to dress sustainably.
1. Find Your Personal Style
"The goal is always to look in your closet and see several things you’re actually excited to wear."
For writer, stylist, and sustainability consultant Aja Barber, the journey to ethical consumption starts when you “think about what you're really trying to achieve with your wardrobe.” She also suggests “find your personal style” and working from there. That way, you won’t have to buy hundreds of new pieces in an attempt to keep up with the latest trend, you can build a tightly curated collection that works for you.
2. Cherish What You Already Own
For Brighton-based style influencer Chloe Helen Miles the most sustainable items are the ones you already own, regardless of where they’re from. If something already exists in your wardrobe, the best thing you can do is to get good use out of it. The essential to living sustainably is an appreciation and respect for what you already have, where it came from, and who made it.
3. Start By Making Small Changes
Samio, a Manchester-based creative explains how she's still on an ongoing journey with being sustainable. If you’re just starting on your path to sustainability, Samio suggests you “start by making small changes that fit with your life as you go.” She continues: “It can be overwhelming if you try to do a full life overhaul all in one go, so take it at a pace that works for you and that you can maintain. Use up and utilize what you have when it comes to and products and clothes, then think about what you need when purchasing new stuff going forward. All those small changes will add up to big ones in your life over time.
5. Invest in high-quality basics and go for digital fashion for impulsive extravagant pieces.
Basics never go out of style and if you invest in high-quality ones, not only will you look fantastic, but you will also save both money and the environment. A capsule wardrobe is actually not as boring as it sounds, you can style each piece in more than 10 different ways. However, we also thought about your need for extravaganza and stylish pictures for your social media and the answer is DIGITAL FASHION. A world where fashion is anything you want it to be, no limits, no boundaries, and most of all...NO WASTE;
Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and so many more brands are doing it now, and, if you wish for a less costly option, you can get designer pieces for FREE by joining Stylexchange.
So, these are a few tips to take action by dressing both fashionably and responsibly.
I am sure you can't wait to do the same!