FASHION REVOLUTION | Building a sustainable wardrobe

DURING FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK WE TAKE A LOOK AT HOW TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE WARDROBE, SO WE CAN ALL PLAY OUR PART IN HELPING TO PRESERVE OUR PRECIOUS ENVIRONMENT...

Building a beautiful wardrobe filled with pieces you love and wear often, is about making conscious purchasing decisions around quality, longevity and style.

But in order to build a wardrobe filled with pieces that reflect who you are and what you love, you first need to declutter the pieces that either don’t fit into your lifestyle, or you don’t really wear any more.

You could ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I love it?
  2. Do I wear it?
  3. How do I feel wearing it?
  4. Does it speak to my style and the character I wish to convey?
  5. Is it actually wearable (ie not too dirty, pulled, etc)?
  6. Does it fit?

How do I FEEL can be a real light bulb question for many people. Even if you love it, how do you feel when you are wearing the piece? This will quickly determine if it fits in your wardrobe. After all, closet space is limited, so don't waste your prime real estate on something you're not crazy about.

Does the piece speak to your individual style really asks you to consider your own version of your life and style and how you want to be perceived by others… and consequently how your wardrobe can reflect the real you.

It's easier to declutter your closet if you know where you'll be donating your clothing ahead of time. This way, once you are done the hard work decluttering, you can quickly whisk the items off to a deserving recipient making the process much easier.

We love finding a home for used clothing like Thread Together, Dressed for Success, or St Vincent de Paul, or another charity where these pieces will be valued. We also recommend taking a more fluid approach by editing down constantly. Keep a donation bin close by so you can say ‘farewell’ to clothes when the time comes, that way, you get in the habit of paring down so it’s not a huge feat to tackle every six months. 

 

Buying better quality, more sustainable pieces is often an investment up front, but buying quality items that you love and that stay in your wardrobe for years to come, is a much better value equation than buying clothes that you will throw out quickly. Buying 10-30 high-quality items a year, rather than 60 cheaper, less eco-friendly pieces will dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.

We love talking to our customers about their own individual style and helping them choose pieces they will have in their wardrobe for years to come. Feel free to call our Stylists to discuss your wardrobe or, we are now offering virtual Wardrobe Styling sessions. Just make an appointment on 1300 798 702 or please email shop@gingerandsmart.com and we will set up a Zoom appointment and help you declutter and then build your wardrobe…