People are now beginning to understand the idea of shopping sustainably, and if you want to make your clothes last, you need to consciously think about what you are buying. So, here’s a few tips and tricks to help you next time you go shopping.
The main one being go for clothes you know you will wear for the long term, not just wear for one night out that will then live in the back of your wardrobe to never be worn again.
Fashion has changed a lot the past few years, especially in the gender department. Fashion today is now more androgynous, than it previously was. So if you have a piece of clothing that you don’t like anymore, and it isn’t gender specific, you can pass it onto anyone who will fit into it. It doesn’t matter if they are a girl or boy or non-binary (or anywhere they feel comfortable on the gender spectrum), if they can wear it, then it is better than it going into a landfill.
Maybe even think of buying more of the classic pieces. Today fashion goes out of style far too quickly, this is all thanks to our dear friend fast fashion. However, even when fast fashion is so popular, the classic pieces will never go out of fashion, think of the little black dress, the white t shirt, a pair of jeans that fit perfectly, or whatever the classic staple pieces are to you. If you have those classic pieces, you never have to worry about being ‘on trend’ and having to buy loads of clothes all the time that you will just end up throwing out in a few months. Maybe even consider having a capsule wardrobe.
If you still want to shop, that’s fine, but maybe consider going thrift shopping, or even just buying something off a website like Depop. When you shop second hand, there is less risk of causing more damage to the environment. If you sell clothes on them, then instead of putting your clothes in the bin, you get some money for them and someone gets a bargain. It’s a win:win situation.
Similar to going thrift shopping, try going shopping at a vintage store. it’s very similar to thrifting but some people aren’t comfortable with wearing second hand clothes, which is perfectly fine. When you’re buying vintage, you don’t have to worry about the damage to the environment or potential human rights being abused, in a similar way to thrift shopping. Now you’re essentially shopping in a different era so this is the perfect time to have fun.
However, it doesn’t matter if you thrift or buy vintage, or if you’re just shopping what’s currently in fashion, finding a good tailor or seamstress will help your clothes last so much longer. By getting small holes or rips sewn potentially will only make them stronger, and if you’re clothes didn’t fit you properly, getting them altered so they fit perfectly will help make your clothes last even longer.