Fashion But Make It Sustainable
With fashion weeks taking place around the world, fashionistas everywhere wait to see what trends will pop up this season. However, the question that has been looming over these events year after year is: how sustainable is the clothing industry? In today’s blog, we’ll discuss sustainable fashion and how you can make a difference with what you choose to put in your wardrobe.
What is Sustainable Fashion?
To be sustainable, is to be long-lasting and durable. “Fast fashion” a term used to dub brands like Forever 21 and Primark, sell cheaply-made clothes that are only meant to last one season. What’s more, the small cost of the garments to the customer is often at the expense of the wage and working conditions of the sewers.
Sustainable fashion does not only concern itself with the quality of fabric, but also with the ecological integrity and environmental factors that surround its manufacturing.
Of course, it is important to note that it is a privilege to be able to be sustainable. Eco-friendly brands are often expensive and inaccessible to lower-income individuals and families. However, we do have some tips and tricks for anyone who wants to make more conscious decisions about their shopping choices.
How Can You Be More Sustainable?
Not only does shopping locally mean supporting your community, it also can stand your fashion out from the crowd. Research boutiques in your area and see if they have any items that catch your eye.
Thrift Stores/Charity Shops
This is a great option for people on a budget. While it does take a bit of sifting to strike gold, thrift stores are a great place to refresh your closet and continue the cycle of sustainable fashion. What’s more, you can use your shopping trip as an opportunity to donate any clothes that you no longer wear! Have something that doesn’t quite fit? If you have the extra dough, or the sewing skills, you can always get a garment tailored.
The Wearability Test
Sometimes, we can’t help but be sucked into a good deal. If this is the case, first try to do your research on the brand and their ethics. Then, ask yourself if you’d wear the item more than 30 times? If the answer is yes — you’ve just upgraded your wardrobe. But if it’s no, maybe it’s best not to invest in this piece of clothing just yet.
Take Care of the Clothes You Do Buy
The tag on your t-shirt is there for a reason: to give you instructions on how it should be washed and cared for. Well-kept clothes will last longer and can be staples in your closet for years and years!
Consider Making Your Own Fashion
You don’t have to make a ball gown right away, but designing and creating your own clothes is a great way to ensure sustainability. With mask mandates still in effect, manufacturing your own reusable masks is a great way to look fashionable while also reducing the amount of waste that litters our environment!
Remember a little choice can go a long way, and every conscientious decision helps!