A Beginner’s Guide To Fashion Sustainability

All the above clothes were previously owned

More sustainable fashion can be defined as clothing, shoes and accessories that are manufactured, marketed and used in the most sustainable manner possible, taking into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects.

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Reuse unwanted clothes

Mend clothes that have some damage

Buy less by buying clothes that are of good quality

Some tips on how to be fashionable whilst being considerate of the planet and the people who create our clothes.

It is becoming apparent how detrimental the fashion industry is. Not only on our planet but in the violation of human rights for the workers who make our cheap clothes. 

A starting step to mitigate this damage is to reuse clothes that are no longer wanted. This can be done by shopping primarily in charity shops. Charity shops contain well made one off pieces and are cheaper than vintage shops. The trick with shopping in charity shops is not to imitate current trends with clothes from yesteryear, rather to develop your own unique style.

Skirt from a charity shop
Oversized shirt and tie from charity shops

Another way to mitigate the damage done by the fashion industry is to buy less by buying clothes that are of good quality. This ensures items of clothing can be reworn for years without needing to be replaced.

Mending items of clothing can be a great way of being sustainable. Although this tip requires learning some new skills such as sewing, overall it is a great investment. Rather than throwing away an item of clothing that has become damaged, you can repair it yourself at home with little to no extra cost. Saving the item of clothing from being thrown away prematurely.

Dress from charity shop
Jacket and tie from charity shops

These are some tips for a beginner looking to be more sustainable when it comes to fashion. The rule of thumb is to reuse the unwanted and to buy less. 

Do you have some extra tips on fashion sustainability? Let me know in the comments, I would love to read about them.

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