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We can all get caught up in the post-holiday sales season and often accumulate things we could do without. Maybe we’ve picked up something that doesn’t match our style but we want to ‘try’ out a new trend. Perhaps the fabric of an item wasn’t so great but the price was too good. Whatever the reason, the first step is to recognize that we sometimes buy on auto-pilot.
How can we stop ourselves from operating on auto-pilot and living more sustainably, more ethically and / or more aware when it comes to our shopping habits? It’s all about making small changes and continuing to learn and improve day-by-day, no matter where you shop (it’s not just about ethical fashion but we’ll talk about that!)
Here are some goals you could incorporate into your new year’s fashion resolutions for a more conscious 2020.
1. Buy pieces you’ll see yourself wearing for many years
Whatever your budget, try to find the highest-quality items you can. Only add pieces to your wardrobe that match your style and that you feel you will wear on repeat. Think about how many different ways you can wear or pair the item. Also consider if it is an item for special occasions only or an item you can dress up and dress down. The more wear you can get out of an item, the better (for both the environment, and your wallet).
2. Take care of your clothes and jewellery
Too often we don’t treat our fashion items appropriately. Just because an item is from a high street store, does not mean it can’t last you for many years if it is made well and you care for it properly. Consider how you launder your items; hang them or fold them away; and how you are treating stains. Keep costume jewellery away from perfume, hairsprays, and water. Store your jewellery properly in containers. Simple actions can extend the life of your fashion pieces for many many years.
3. Learn to repair your items
If you are buying high quality items and taking care of them properly, sometimes things happen. We see treads coming loose; buttons are missing; or jewellery pieces are missing a link. Sometimes we take it to a tailor to repair but many times we forget or can’t be bothered and might want to get rid of the item. Simple repairs can easily be done at home with a sewing kit. Buttons can be switched out of clothes to give them new life. Jewellery links and beads can be found at craft stores along with the right tools to get the job done. A little creativity can go a long way in saving your pieces.
4. Shop ethical pieces
There are more ethically-made fashion options today than ever before. Many small and mid-size online retailers are carrying ethically-made items in all fashion categories, from clothes to bags and jewellery. Put your money towards buying high quality ethically-made pieces, which benefit those who made it with fair wages, better working conditions and a hope for the future. What’s better than wearing something that has a story to tell?
Did you know we carry ethically made jewellery and fashion accessories?
5. Donate unwanted fashion and accessories to organizations who can use them
Finally, if something is really not working in your wardrobe and you’ve made all the attempts you can to incorporate it into your outfits, then donate your unwanted fashion and accessories to organizations who can use them! Never throw clothing out in the garbage as it will only end up in a landfill!
What are some fashion-related actions you’re taking to live a more conscious lifestyle?