How to Dress Up Sustainably and Do Your Bit for The Planet
Becoming aware of your carbon footprint is incredibly important and there are lots of small things you can do to be more eco-friendly. One of the easiest ways to do this is in your wardrobe. Here are some of the best things you can do if you want to dress a little more sustainably.
Buy Quality, Not Quantity
The very first thing you should always do is focus on the quality of the items you are buying instead of buying lots of them as you need them. By focusing on high-quality items, you can be certain that you are always going to have whatever you need for an outfit.
For example, for summer, everyone needs a pair of women’s sandals. However, you do not need five in every colour and style. By selecting just one pair that you know you will love, you will have something that you can wear over and over, no matter what.
With high-quality items, you know that they will last you much longer than a cheap item. You don’t need to buy designer to get your hands on these items. By shopping from mid-range stores, you will know that you have the right sort of clothes on hand without having to fork out a fortune. Maybe even consider thrifting or shopping at a charity shop! This can be a great way to pick up well-made designer items that have a lot of life left in them for a mere fraction of what they originally cost.
Wear the Expensive Items Again
If you have a diary packed with events across the next few months, the last thing you want to do is buy a new outfit for each one. Not only does this hurt your bank account, but it also means that you are buying clothes that you would only really wear once.
Take a lead from the celebrities in the award seasons just past and pick outfits that you will use time and time again. No-one is going to care that you showed up to a wedding in an outfit you bought for a christening the month before. So long as you look smart and respectable, there is no reason why you cannot wear the same thing over and over.
Focus on Where You Buy From
There are so many ethical stores out there and also so many that you can really avoid. Most stores nowadays will have some sort of statement about where they get their clothes from if they are reputable, of course.
As a start, you will want to try to find items that are fair-trade and not made in sweatshops. Though this used to be harder, there are many big-name brands jumping on this trend. This is also where buying designer can actually be a benefit. The top couturiers have their own factories and workshops close to their headquarters. They treat their seamstresses well and you can be certain that you have a quality product made with love when you buy from them.
Nevertheless, you don’t have to buy designer. There are so many other brands out there that are affordable and guarantee a fair wage and ethical conditions to those that make their clothes. Doing a little research into these brands is quick thanks to the many guides on the internet. Ethical fashion is a massive movement, and you can easily join it.
What are you waiting for? Reassess your love of fashion now and try to find some pieces in your wardrobe that could start you on a new sustainable lifestyle. Doing your bit for the planet and looking good at the same time has never been easier!