Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The sustainability issue

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Have you got a sustainable wardrobe? Or a sustainable attitude when it comes to fashion? The sustainability issue is kind of a hot topic at the moment and so it should be, it should be something we’re talking about. I wrote a little something on Fast fashion last year and after the topic doing the rounds again, I wanted to revisit the post to see if I was still at least trying to keep up with the values I’d touched upon when updating my wardrobe. Since reading the book that inspired my first post, it is something that is at the forefront of my mind when making clothing choices. They're only small choices and changes I have made but I’m hoping that together, they make a big impact. It’s always easy to say we should be consuming less and we should be actively leading better, more ethical lives but we're rarely told how to, you know you want to do better but where the fuck, to put it bluntly, do you even start? This was me and still is me BUT I’d like to think after last year, I’m doing a heck of a lot better. Ive put together a few tips, my values that I try to live by when it comes to reducing my fashion footprint.  I’m by no means perfect but I’m sure as heck trying my best.

1) Banishing the impulse buys. I was so, so bad for this, I’d buy things without thinking about it, I’d wear it once or twice then stick in the back of my wardrobe for me to then donate in a few months time. Now I’ve curbed my impulse buys and only buy things I truly want and not simply on a whim or to get that shopping buzz.

2) Selling on my old clothes / donating them to charity I’ve had a lot of success with this recently. I had to move flat again to somewhere smaller which meant I had to really downsize my wardrobe. I’ve managed to shift a bunch of my things by selling them on Instagram using my stories, not only are my clothes getting a second home but I’ve managed to bulk out my savings with the cash I’ve made.

3) Only buying something if I know I will be wearing it a minimum of 10 times This seems silly but it’s true and something that has helped me stop the impulse buying. Before making a purchase I would ask myself: Do I really need this? Will I get a lot of wear out of it? Will I wear it more then once or will it be just stuck in the back of my wardrobe? Asking myself those questions has stopped me making silly purchases.

4) Buying second hand This is something I’ve always done really but I’ve recently been making more of an effort to do so. Instead of hitting the high street when there’s a particular something I want, I’ve been searching on places like Depop and eBay first to see if I can pick it up there instead.

5) Saying no to blogger collaborations if there isn’t something I really, really like I hope this doesn’t sound wanky or weird. But another reason my wardrobe grew so much was through the collaborations I was getting with my blog. Now I apply the same rules to blog collaborations I would to shopping. If I’m not going to wear the item more than once, or already have something similar in my wardrobe, then I politely decline the collab.

6) Never buying anything for the sake of the ‘gram. TBF I don’t think this is something I have ever done but as a fashion blogger sometimes there's that subconscious pressure to consume and create. Sometimes, we may buy things we don’t really like but will think it would go down well on social, or it be a current trend for it to then be discarded into our wardrobe never to be seen again.

7) Never buying anything I have that’s similar to something I already have in my wardrobe I was so bad for having items that were super similar, we’re creatures of habit and we like what we like but there really isn’t any need to have the same striped top 2937290 times just cos.

8) Re-hashing and styling old wardrobe favourites again I would say this is something else I already do but again, I want to make more of a conscious effort to do so. I really want to utilise my wardrobe.

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