For many fashionistas, our love of style and unique clothes is now combined with our commitment to reducing our personal carbon footprints.
Over recent years, the fashion market has come under fire for its lack of sustainability. Particularly, many climate experts and sustainability activists have pointed out that some facets of fashion encourage waste and generate excessive pollution.
That doesn’t mean that fashion fans can’t still enjoy wearing stunning clothes and crafting unique outfits for every occasion.
It just means that you need to learn how to make your wardrobe sustainable and improve your clothing shopping habits.
If you’re interested in looking stylish and reducing your personal impact on the environment, then here are some useful tricks for you to try.
Choose Statement Pieces
One of the biggest issues that many stylish consumers face when buying clothes is the amount of waste that they produce. If you buy a lot of items online, then you’ll be throwing away a lot of packaging, and clearing out your closet space regularly, which means wasting a lot of materials. To reduce waste, you should try to find stunning statement pieces that can be combined into a selection of outfits. To set your look apart, you can use statement accessories, as these are smaller and can last longer than clothes.
Find Eco-Friendly Clothing Brands
While reducing the number of new pieces you buy is important for sustainability, sometimes it’s going to be inevitable. Whether old items are damaged, or you simply need something new to fit with an outfit, you need to make sure that you buy new items that are sustainable and stylish. Try to find classic items from brands that focus on sustainability, such as Elliott Footwear. The range of Elliott trainers are sustainable and classically stylish, so you can combine the two and enjoy hard-wearing shoes that were made with recycled fabrics.
Learn To Fix Damaged Clothing
Even well-made items of clothing get damaged over time, particularly if they’re a favourite piece that’s you wear often. Wearing damaged clothing is a major fashion faux pas, but that doesn’t mean that you have to throw out every item in your wardrobe as soon as it gets ripped or torn. If the damage is minor, then you can probably fix it yourself with some basic hand sewing apparatus. Sewing and fixing damaged clothing is easier than you might think, so check out some information videos online. You could also try practising your mending skills on clothes you don’t like before you start on your favourite items. If you’re not confident in your sewing skills and want a prized piece fixed, then you can take it to a professional who can help. This approach will reduce your clothing waste and save you money, making it the perfect approach for sustainable and thrifty fashionistas.
Recycle Anything That Cannot Be Repaired
If you simply can’t fix an item or really can’t wear it anymore, then you should recycle it. Throwing used clothing items into the bin will often mean they end up in landfill sites, where they can take many years to decompose. While most councils don’t offer clothing recycling to your door, it’s surprisingly easy to find a way to quickly recycle your old clothes without going to a refuse site. Many high street stores offer clothing recycling, so you can quickly take your old items in and recycle them, then carry on with your day. These shops mean that you don’t have to put much time or effort into saving the planet and won’t have to travel to an out-of-town recycling centre.
Sustainability is a key focus for many of us as we try to reduce the impact our lifestyles have on the environment and protect the planet from further damage. With these tips, you can easily improve your sustainability while still looking chic and stylish.