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Make the Most of Your Wardrobe

July 12, 2019

Cashmere hoody with buttons

Many of us use only 20 – 30% of our wardrobe.  We tend to go back to a few items that are in recent circulation.  This leaves up to 80% of our clothes untouched.  We are often tempted by quick-fix purchases to change our look or keep up-to-date with fashion trends.  But there’s often more than enough in our own wardrobes to stop us being tempted by so-called ‘fast-fashion’ purchases.

Here are some ideas to get back in touch with your wardrobe.

  • Try ‘the closet challenge’ – Wear one different item of your wardrobe every day. It’s a great way to rediscover what you have.
  • Shop in your wardrobe – Browse through your clothes and make new outfits. Rediscover and fall back in love with some of the things you already have.
  • Don’t let the seasons limit you. Why not wear summer skirts and dresses paired with sweaters and boots or trainers in the middle of winter?  It’s a great look and very comfortable!  And the same for summer days: a beautiful cashmere sweater looks gorgeous with a pair of shorts for a breezy day at the beach.

Jumper at the beach

Consider these eco ways to reduce your wardrobe. 

  • Clothes swap – Organise a party with friends and exchange clothes.  It’s so much fun, especially with a glass or wine or two!
  • Organise and donate clothes – Once you have worked out what you won't use anymore, take it to a local charity shop or research other local donation schemes.  Schools often organise collections, so sort children's clothes in a separate bag ready to be donated.
  • Sell them - second-hand fashion is poised to over take fast-fashion in 10 years.  If you have high-quality clothing you never wear, consider listing it online or taking it to a consignment store.  Somebody else is sure to love it!

 

And when you do need to buy more, make it worth it..  Invest in key items of the best quality. 

  • Choose clothes made of high-quality, natural fibres – they are long-lasting, temperature regulating and comfortable against your skin.  Natural fibres also need less washing, saving you money as well as the environment (you can air them between wears).
  • Make sure that clothes you purchase are classic pieces and versatile. Try to ensure they will work with your whole wardrobe.




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