Females, generally speaking, are more fashion-conscious than males. And there is no shortage of cheap clothes to ensure that the need to stay on trend is met.
Sadly, cheap clothes aka fast fashion are often made from fabric that is toxic to the environment, such as polyester and nylon. From the production process to disposal, the damage these synthetic fabrics have on the planet far outweigh the thrill of its low cost and style gloss. And then there’s all the other ethical issues that often come with: exploitation, forced or child labour, unfair wages and poor working conditions to name a few.
If you have decided to do something about the strain fashion is putting on the planet, you need to go about it smartly. While buying fewer clothes is important, buying better quality made from eco-friendly fabrics is just as important. And unlike most people’s assumptions, shopping eco-friendly clothing does not have to strain you financially.
True, eco-conscious fashion will have you digging deeper into your pockets, but you can easily make the transition on a budget. Here’s how:
Step 1: Clean up your wardrobe
The first step is decluttering your wardrobe. Get rid of all the clothes you no longer love or barely touch either by selling, swapping with friends and family or donating to charity. It will create room for an eco-conscious and more refined sense of style. Your focus should be on quality and not quantity, so buy less but make sure it’s high quality and the best you can afford as the garments are made to last longer, meaning you will have fewer trips to the store, waste less money, and bin fewer clothing.
Step 2: Reflect on your shopping habits
With your wardrobe cleaned out, it’s important to reflect on what propelled you to purchase the items to begin with. Were you shopping to fill an emotional void? Or shopping out of boredom? Do you shop with enabling friends and family? Or do you just like getting attention by being the first to buy into a fashion trend? Reflecting on these questions will help you understand what drives your shopping behaviour so you can avoid making the same mistakes and ending up with the same wardrobe predicament. If you don’t take some time to understand the drivers behind your shopping and deal with them, you may revert back to the same mindless shopping behaviours and buying countless outfits that sit in your closet that you barely wear.
Step 3: Have a plan
While it can be tempting to purchase fast fashion because of the low prices, it’s not worth it from an environmental and social perspective.
While sustainable fashion is a little (or sometimes a lot) pricier, you can rest assured that your purchase isn’t fuelling human exploitation and environmental pollution.
Why does sustainable fashion tend to cost higher than fast fashion you’re wondering? Brands that produce conscious fashion usually pay fair or living wages to people in their supply chain, and they often use natural or organic materials such as organic cotton, hemp or linen or man-made low-impact fabrics such as Tencel and Modal that are pricier than toxic, synthetic equivalents.
Because of the higher prices, you will need to plan ahead. Since you’ve already decluttered your wardrobe (as per Step 1), you’ll know what’s missing from your wardrobe and what you’ll need. For example, because it’s the start of the year and you’re going to back to work, it’s likely that you need work clothing. Perhaps it’s a couple of pairs of trousers or some shift dresses.
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