So lately I've been feeling a little bored with my wardrobe. While at home so often, I'm usually in PJs and when I do occasionally leave the house, I tend to wear the same few outfits. Since it's spring now, I felt like this would be the perfect time to give my wardrobe a little refresh. But how I could I do this in the most eco-friendly way possible? Here are some of the ways I've been updating my wardrobe for spring, the sustainable way.
Creating an Inspo Board
Instead of just buying whatever random piece catches my eye, I try and stick to building a cohesive wardrobe as much as I can. One way I like to do this is by creating a styling board on Pinterest. This way, I can get an idea of what I like and how I'd wear my new pieces before deciding what would actually be worth purchasing. Doing this allows me to figure out what my current preferences are as far as style and color. Lately I've been into pastels, florals and natural fabrics such as cotton.
Wearing: second-hand sweater and jewelry from Metztli Shop
This one is probably pretty obvious, buying second-hand is one of the cheapest and most sustainable options when purchasing new clothing items. These days I've been doing mostly online shopping, so I use apps like Poshmark to find and buy my new pieces. Don't get me wrong, I love going to in-person stores as well where I can look through hoards of clothing and find some unique pieces. But these days I feel safer shopping from home and also appreciate that I can type in to the search bar exactly what I'm looking for.
Wearing: second-hand dress from Poshmark with pieces I've owned for a while
When it comes to clothing or accessories that I'd prefer not to buy second-hand, or very specific items, I try to buy from small and eco-friendly brands. For example, I recently purchased some new undies from a brand on Etsy, and I love how they're made of natural and sustainable materials. Smaller brands tend to have more eco-conscious and ethical practices verses large, fast fashion companies. Plus I like the idea of supporting someone's dream, rather than giving more money to some billionaire CEO.
Working With What I Have
I've been trying to only buy pieces that I am able to wear with many of the items I already have at home. Such as the new pair of sneakers I bought to replace my old ones that are falling apart. The pair I got is all white, which will go with just about anything in my spring/summer wardrobe. I also try to stick to mainly neutrals and pastels, since those are the colors I prefer for clothing. This makes it easier to incorporate new items with the pieces I already have.
Wearing: clothing pieces I've had for a while with a vintage picnic basket from Poshmark
Out With The Old
While lately I've been trying to hold on to my clothing and accessories longer than I did in the past, sometimes there are certain things I need to let go of. My first decluttering option is to try and sell the item if it is in good enough shape. I also consider either giving the item to a friend or donating it, if I don't feel that it will sell. I will also sometimes "downgrade" old comfy clothes to wear for working out or to sleep. If a clothing item is very worn out, I will consider cutting it up and using the fabric for cleaning around the house. My last resort is throwing the item out, I always try to figure out another purpose it can serve first. It can be difficult to let go of things when you are trying to be more sustainable, but keep in mind that if it is not serving you, it no longer needs to be in your life.
Wearing: sports bra from Wolven and second-hand leggings
I hope my ideas gave you some inspiration on how to refresh your wardrobe this spring. With everything that's been going on in the world lately, sometimes something as simple as having a little fun with fashion can help you feel better. I also have the feeling that a lot of us are looking forward to expressing ourselves through our appearance as the world begins to open up and we feel comfortable going out again. So don't be afraid to try out some new styles and have fun! Stay safe and healthy, everyone!
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