Tips on how to build a more responsible closet, and my fab find from Kijiji
I wish my closet was filled with ethically made garments only, but the only thing that's truely ethical at the moment, is my favorite pair of ripped boyfriend jeans from AG Jeans. Unfortunately, I just can't replace everything with ethical/sustainable brands only. It will be a long process, but
Luckily, there are other ways to build a more responsible closet.
1) Buy only when you really need something.
Don't buy it just because it was on sale, or you needed a midweek pick me up. Buy it when you need to replace something or when you need to fill a gap in your closet. Be careful with this. It can easily lead to a cycle where you keep telling yourself that you need another gray sweater because it was on sale, or because you saw it on your favorite blogger, but once you know how to find the perfect garment for your body shape, your style, etc. you will be able to resist the urge of buying so-so clothing. Make sure, that whatever you buy is going to work well with the rest of your closet.
2) Quality Over Quantity
Buy less, and choose quality over quantity. High-quality, durability, versatility are all important factors when you decide to purchase something. When you pay higher price for an item, it's less likely to end up in the landfill on the short run, and more likely you will take better care of it.
3) Take care of your clothes
It's no surprise that with fast fashion and their cheap prices (on someones' sweat, tears and sometimes blood) people buy and discard in an alarming rate. These garments being worn approximately 5 times and thrown out usually after a month. Americans alone throw away around 70 lbs ( ~35 kg) clothing/person/year. Fashion and the garment industry is the second biggest polluter. So when you buy something either from ethical/sustainable brands, or from regular brands, make sure you take care of it. Check the washing instructions, repair when there's only a tiny hole, or a pull of the thread, etc. Our grandparents and definitely our great-grandparents had one set of clothing for weekdays and another for weekends and they used them and took good care of them for as long as it was possible and even after they found ways to re-purpose them. Re-purpose.
4) Go thrift shopping, buy vintage/second hand
Thrifting, buying vintage/second hand, swapping clothes are all great ways to build a unique and more responsible closet. Or if you are in Canada, I suggest you go to Kijiji and take a look, you may find amazing things, like this pleated maxi skirt. Know what you want and wait for the right one! I'm 5'2" (157 cm) so maxi skirts/dresses weren't my thing for many years, but lately I like flowy, oversized dresses. Back in February, when I was sick and had so much time on hand, I was browsing Kijiji and stumbled upon this amazing, pleated gray maxi. A girl handmade two. The other color was a beautiful buttery yellow. I knew that the skirt will be long and big on me, but I bought it anyway. I took it to a local dry cleaner/alteration place. Let me tell you something, the old Italian man did an amazing job with the length, however, he couldn't make the waistband any smaller, so I have yet to find ways to solve that problem. I paid more for the alteration than for the skirt itself, but hey, I have a handmade skirt, I helped a college student, and I supported a local business.
If you can't afford ethical/sustainable clothing, you can still be responsible!
Disclaimer, it's not a paid promotion.
As always, thanks for stopping by,