5 Steps to Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

Becoming aware of terrible impact of fast fashion on the planet is the first step to understanding why sustainability is important. The second step is to make positive changes to your own wardrobe and your own habits, to have an impact on the planet for the better.

Here are our top 5 tips on how to give your wardrobe a sustainability detox:

1. Stop buying fast fashion

The simplest and most effective way to become more conscious about your wardrobe is to stop, and by stop we mean TOTALLY stop, buying any form of fast fashion. If the recent expose into the working conditions of factory workers in Leicester creating clothes for brands such as Boohoo and Nasty Gal hasn’t made you think twice about buying from these outlets then how about these facts?

  • Cotton is the world’s thirstiest crop, using about 2,700 litres of water to grow enough cotton to make a single T-shirt
  • The average person buys 60% more items of clothing than they did just 15 years ago and keeps them for about half as long.
  • Approximately 80% of workers in the global garment industry are women aged 18 – 35, but only 12.5% of clothing companies have a female CEO.
  • Among 71 leading retailers in the UK, 77% believe there is a likelihood of modern slavery occurring at some stage in their supply chain.
  • It takes a CEO from one of the top 5 global fashion brands just 4 days to earn what a Bangladeshi garment worker earns in their entire life.

2. Detox your wardrobe

Half the time we have way too many clothes in our wardrobe to appreciate that we actually have a tonne of incredible clothes too. Every time we look in our overstuffed wardrobes we don’t know where to start, and most of the time we end up only wearing 30% of our wardrobe. We all know every time we reach in our wardrobe to go to the pub, it’s inevitable we will be wearing the same pair of skinny jeans and one of 3 tops. So what to do to correct this?

  • Leave half a day free on the weekend to tackle your wardrobe
  • Turn the music on and be ready to try a lot of clothes on!
  • Go through every single piece of clothing you have. Ask yourself, have I worn this piece in the last 12 months? If you haven’t ask yourself why? Do you like it? Try it on. Still like it? Use our graph to help you decide whether to keep it.
  • If you’re ready to through it out, make 2 piles of ‘to go’ clothes. Pile 1 should be clothes that have a valid re-sale value. Pile 2 should be those clothes its more hassle to sell, so donating to the charity shop is your better option.
  • Turn the music on and be ready to try a lot of clothes on!
  • Go through every single piece of clothing you have. Ask yourself, have I worn this piece in the last 12 months? If you haven’t ask yourself why? Do you like it? Try it on. Still like it? Use our graph to help you decide whether to keep it?
  • If you’re ready to through it out, make 2 piles of ‘to go’ clothes. Pile 1 should be clothes that have a valid re-sale value. Pile 2 should be those clothes its more hassle to sell, so donating to the charity shop is your better option.

 

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3. Buy wardrobe staples in the highest quality

If you want to avoid the feeling of ‘not having anything to wear’ all of the time, invest in a timeless capsule wardrobe with staple pieces that will never go out of style. Buy these pieces in the highest quality that you can afford, and they will last you for a lifetime or dependent on wear, at least 10 years!

Our top 10 pieces for this are:

      • A pair of your favourite blue jeans
      • A black leather jacket
      • A pair of high quality leather trainers
      • A pair of black skinny jeans
      • A pair of leather trousers
      • A summer dress
      • A crisp white shirt
      • A thick winter coat in black, navy or camel.
      • A pair of winter boots in black, navy or camel.
      • A white graphic tee.
      • A cashmere jumper
      • A dressy ‘going out’ top 

 

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4. Re-sell old clothes

For the clothes you have decided to sell, have a think about whether these have any re-sale value? The clothes that re-sell the best are clothes in excellent condition, from coveted brands and something that is very on trend. Here are the best re-sale sites:

  1. eBay – BEST FOR everything and to access buyers all over the world.
  2. Depop – BEST FOR cooler younger buyers who favour cooler younger brands
  3. Vestiaire Collective – BEST FOR luxury
  4. HEWI – BEST FOR luxury

For those clothes which are going to be hard to re-sale (we’re talking a standard Zara top, a pair of GAP leggings or a dress from Next) drop it off at your local charity shop so that it can benefit a good cause!

Check out this article by Elle.com which details some of London’s best charity shops.

5. Rent occasion wear

Our final and most valuable piece of advice to both save you money and help you stop consuming is to borrow amazing pieces from rental companies such as Style Collective!

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