One of the biggest topics surrounding public conversation today is sustainability. Many people today are concerned about the environment and the impact that the fashion industry may have on the planet. You may also wonder how a lover of fashion can satisfy their needs, without harming the environment or breaking the bank. The Fashion In The City team has compiled a few tips on how to start shopping sustainably!
1. Shop Online
The first tip might be the scariest one for some, especially for people who feel that clothing sizes are unpredictable. However, online shopping provides you with the biggest array of options possible for your convenience. It is online that you will likely find a larger selection of sustainable brands, keeping them in check. If you’re still new to online shopping or feel that your experiences could be better, our team’s biggest tip is to utilize a measuring tape in order to check your brands size guide on their website.
2. Skip Fast Fashion
This tip may be the hardest on this list. Convenience and price play a big part in how people usually shop. Nonetheless, if you are someone who is concerned with sustainability, you might benefit from knowing that your favorite, budget-friendly brands are not too kind to the environment. You may also ask, what brands count as fast fashion? It is difficult to draw an exact line, but any brand that continuously produces hundreds of new pieces every month at extremely low prices are good contenders for the label. If your budget for clothes is limited, try looking through forums online or on social media for sustainable affordable brands you might want to shop. If you’re looking for something local, you might be interested in our next tip…
This option is especially handy for those who have a limited budget. Long gone are the days where thrift stores were stuffy places filled with unfashionable, old items. Thrift shopping is a great way to find unique pieces to add to your wardrobe at very low prices. Luxury shoppers, this one ‘s for you: luxury thrift shops carry rare, vintage items that are often collectible. Of course, not all thrift stores are the same, but it is without a doubt that you will find something you like at an affordable price, even if you have to rummage through the store.
4. Try Wardrobe Capsules
The concept is simple: limit your pieces to a few items per season, focusing your capsule selection on a few statement pieces and rotating, year-round basics. This dramatically reduces the amount of clothes you buy every season and every year. Part of the concept of a capsule collection reduces the amount of clothing in your closet. So feel free to donate or sell pieces that you no longer consider to be part of your wardrobe.
Remember not to feel guilty if you cannot accomplish these suggestions right away. Shopping sustainably, is a lifestyle and a process that can be fostered over time. Keep giving love to the planet!