Ever since the pandemic started, we’ve probably gone through our closet and started thinking; “Wow, I’ve got a bunch of clothes that I don’t really use..” You might be wondering how you can cut down the ‘fat’ and probably would want to throw them all out. However, saner minds prevail, and you might wonder, how can I cut down my wardrobe but still have long lasting pieces. One solution is to create a more sustainable wardrobe.
You might be thinking, what is a sustainable wardrobe anyway? In a broad sense, a sustainable wardrobe means creating a wardrobe that ultimately has less of a negative impact on the environment. It means shifting your mindset from what’s trendy now to more intention and utilitarian. You might be asking yourself; “What’s made to last?” and “What is truly necessary?” There are many ways in which you can build a sustainable wardrobe, here are some tips from us.
The key to keeping your fashion circular is to have an understanding of your daily clothes. The best way to do this is to organise your clothes into categories and see what you have and what you need.
You can start by laying out all your clothes into categories. From T-Shirts, pants, skirts etc. Once you’ve done this, organise your piles of wanted and unwanted items.Take into account in which pieces you feel can be more reused than others, either from the materials they are made of or the style of the piece. Once you’ve taken all those aspects into account, you’re all set! Don’t forget to recycle the pieces that don’t spark any more interest in you to save space.
Research and Re-evaluate Your Shopping Habits
Once you’ve finished assessing your wardrobe, it's time for you to do some research. This might feel like a daunting task, but you might find out that some of your favourite brands have been practicing sustainable habits! In addition to that, find brands that are transparent about their production. Finding brands that support fair wages, high environmental impact standards and take effort in trying to protect the planet can maximise your impact to a more sustainable wardrobe.
Once all of this is done, we bet you can’t wait to fill that cart with all the things you love! But, hold your horses. Before you go on that shopping haul, you need to re-evaluate your shopping habits firstly. Shift your focus on things you need rather than things you want. Evaluating your shopping decisions is essential in creating a more sustainable wardrobe. Shopping for things that are ‘just in case’ are one of the culprits of having a cluttered wardrobe. Save time and money by buying clothes that are essential, reusable and, are long lasting!
Quality checks aren’t just for the producers of these clothes, quality checking your clothes before purchasing them is a great way to assess the quality of the product. Checking the seams of the garment and testing its durability (gently pulling the stitches) can show how it will fair in the long run. Checking zippers and buttons that are in good working order is also a great way to assess the quality of clothes in the long run.
Repair, Repurpose and Reuse:
The last piece of advice is to make sure you repair, repurpose, and reuse your clothes. If there are certain pieces that you still love but are damaged, there are tutorials on the internet to mend those pieces. If sewing isn’t your thing, you can always take the piece into a tailor that would happily mend those pieces.
Reusing your clothes as much as you can should not be a problem if the quality of clothes that you’ve picked are great! Using the advice given above can help you pick clothes that last you longer.
Repurposing clothes to other items such as accessories are all over the internet! It's a fun way to repurpose your wardrobe and create fun and unique pieces that are special to you. Create a handbag with your favourite old T-shirts, patch up some raggedy jeans with some articles of clothing that are too worn, the internet is a tool in which you can learn new and fun things to repurpose your wardrobe.
At everyday, we want to take a step further to push repurposing of clothings that we produced as well as the ones that our customers already owned. That thinking give birth to the #everydayDROPBOX where we accept your preloved clothings and will work on them to create a piece-unique collection. Read more about the initiative here.
We hope that these tips will help with your journey to creating a more sustainable wardrobe. Why not have a head start?
At everyday, we pride ourselves on using sustainable materials and high quality production! Head on out to our drop selection to find out more on our new collection or head to our best deals section, you’ll be surprised on what we’ve got in store for you! See our collection.