Do you want to contribute to fashion and a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle? Follow these very concrete steps one by one to make a change and put the values that move you into action. Not only will this simple method help you rethink your connection with your clothes, but it will also enable you to have an orderly and eco-friendly wardrobe.
STEP 1: GET TO KNOW YOURSELF
This first step is a prerequisite for any change you want to make. Why? Simply because any change in habit, no matter how small, needs a firm conviction and must be in line with your ideas and personal taste.
Ask yourself some important questions to gain insight into your habits and your connection to clothing. That is, to know what your starting point is:
– Do you buy clothes out of necessity or pleasure?
– Do you follow the latest trends, or do you have a rather classic style?
– Do you plan your purchases or do you decide on the spot?
– Do you like to vary your clothes or do you want to repeat a few?
– Do you pay more attention to quantity or quality?
– Do you enjoy buying clothes, or do you experience it as a necessity?
– Do you have a budget, or do you usually spend more than you thought?
– Do you prefer to buy in stores or online?
Using these details, you can find out what to focus on to rethink your wardrobe.
If you’re a bit impulsive and usually spend more than you want to, you may need to learn to plan your purchases. If, on the contrary, you avoid going shopping and always wear only a few clothes, it would be a good idea to look for good quality clothes that will last and allow you to build a wardrobe of easily combined clothes.
STEP 2: ORGANIZE YOUR WARDROBE
How do you look at your closet each morning? Do you find it hard to decide what to wear? Do you waste a lot of time looking for clothes for the day?
If your shelves look like a battlefield, it’s time to simplify and find a new way to organize them. For instance, you can find a method to fold clothes so that they save maximum space and that each garment is easy to see and reach.
STEP 3: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
There is no garment more durable than the one you already have in your wardrobe. Reusing leads you to be more selective in the clothes you buy, respecting your style and not just paying attention to trends. Besides, it helps slow down the production and waste cycle, which means less energy and raw materials are consumed.
Jeans are an ideal example because their versatility and durability allow them to be used repeatedly, making them an essential garment in any wardrobe.
STEP 4: BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential garments that we can organize for each year. There would be about 40 garments in total that could be combined to create different outfits, avoiding repetition. This is a style guide but also an easy way to keep order.
Some aspects to consider when choosing garments are:
-Choose the colour palette.
-Take into account the shape of the body.
-Choose fits and classic prints that will not go out of style.
-Choose garments of good quality.
STEP 5: BUY USED OR DURABLE BRANDED CLOTHING
Buying used, second-hand or pre-owned garments is one of the most sustainable ways to build our wardrobe. Far from old prejudices, it’s a trend that is catching on and includes all those treasures we can find at an American fair, a swap meets, on online resale sites or in the old grandmother’s closet.
If you do choose to buy new clothes, make sure the brand is committed to sustainable values. There are more and more alternatives.
With this five-step guide, you can get on the road to a healthier fashion that better aligns with your values. And best of all, without sacrificing your style along the way!