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5 Simple Steps to a Sustainable Wardrobe

A 5-Step Guide to a More Sustainable Wardrobe

Text by: Thea Sofie Roennebaek

Fashion magazines and advertisement can often leave us with a desire for more clothes but a quick fashion fix often just leaves us with an empty feeling. Being good to the planet and other people gives us all a sense of purpose. Thus, enhancing our well-being and filling our lives with more meaning.

In this 5-step guide we show you that it doesn’t have to be a drag to create a more sustainable wardrobe and give you easy tips to how you can incorporate more sustainable practices into your wardrobe.

#1 Declutter Your Wardrobe

 Many of us wake up in the morning looking at big wardrobes yet still get frustrated over having nothing to wear. Why is this? As many find, when choice is too plentiful it becomes harder to make a decision.

To help you fall in love with your closet again, we suggest that you spend a day or two decluttering it. A favourite expert of ours in the field of tidying up is organisational guru Marie Kondo. Author of the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up she recommends looking at each and every piece of clothing in your wardrobe and asking the simple question “Does this item bring me joy?”

Once, you’ve done this you’ll find yourself with a pile of clothing that doesn’t bring you joy anymore and which you should then either re-sell or hand over to a charity shop. It might sound like big words but decluttering your wardrobe really can change your life.

#2 Buy Better & Buy Less

Buy only what you really need and love. Buy quality and invest in items that will last you many years. You’ll naturally take better care of clothes you’ve paid a premium for. Sustainably made luxury clothing is often of higher quality than its fast fashion counterparts. While sustainable luxury clothing may cost more up front, keep in mind that it may last significantly longer than a cheaply produced garment. Thus, it’ll most likely end up costing less in the long run if you factor in how much wear you will get out of it. Applying Lucy Siegle’s #30wear rule before buying a new garment is also useful little rule of thumb.

#3 Cherish your Clothing

Look at your clothing as indispensable items that should be taken care of instead of thrown away after a couple of wears. Mend, clean, fold and store them properly. Air or rinse your delicates by hand and otherwise wash cold or on 30 degrees max. Always use an organic washing powder such as Eco Cover’s and hang your clothes to dry.

#4 Buy Sustainably Made Clothing

Inform yourself about the brands you are buying into. The fashion supply chain is a complex and there are several parameters that play a part in the production of a garment. However, most sustainable brands are proud to tell their story so keeping informed is no longer the cumbersome process it once was

Who made your clothes? Were these people treated humanely and paid a living wage? Is the garment made of sustainably sound and sourced materials? Is the brand making overall efforts towards minimising their environmental footprint? These are just a few questions you could be asking before buying.

#5 Buy Timeless & Classic Clothing

Finally but not least, don’t let the latest trends guide what you buy nor overshadow your personal style. Instead, look for classic garments and timeless design. Check out some of the world’s most stylish women and fashion icons and find inspiration from them. In fact, these women became famous for just this, wearing classic, well-designed and timeless outfits.

To help you a little we’ve picked some of our own classic items that we know you’ll cherish for years to come and that we doubt will ever go out of fashion.

The leather jacket which only gets more beautiful and cool with wear and tear over the years.

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Claimed to date back to the 1850s the trench coat truly is one of fashion’s all time classics.

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Thi cashmere jumper is a timeless wardrobe staple that will go with everything.

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