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Buy less, choose well, make it last. This was a simple statement made by Vivienne Westwood – not in an effort to promote her fashion line, but to promote the agenda of the climate revolution. It really is my philosophy, and for a similar reason.
To me, shopping is about building an empire in my closet. Quality over quantity. How can what I am about to purchase add value and variety to my existing wardrobe?
Thrift stores are full of unique clothes that have survived the test of time (survival of the fittest, if you will), so I love purchasing clothes at thrift and vintage stores. There are also sustainable brands that produce beautiful clothing. Many big name brands are slowly ending their unsafe production practices and slowly integrating sustainable practices to lower their carbon footprint. Fashion brands that are honest and transparent about every step of their production process make me feel good about how I’m investing in my wardrobe.
How can you buy less, choose well, & make it last?
◇ invest in pieces that you can dress up or down
◇ black and white & neutrals for staple pieces
◇ identify your go-to style, and invest in good quality pieces with variety in that family. i.e. I love a just above the knee or midi-skirt, thus I have several! and that’s an understatement. If you love casual pants, invest in a few pair that vary in color and pattern.
◇ mix and match! Don’t be afraid to play dress up. Discover new ways to wear simple pieces, and new combinations that allow you to use one article of clothing for several different occasions.
This post is being published on Earth Day (Aprill 22) 2015. I chose to write about fashion and how our purchasing power can have an effect on the earth because I truly do love making sustainable fashion purposes. The fashion industry is one of the leading creators of most of the pollution that our earth receives, and it is also a source of workshops in less fortunate countries than America. Thrifting allows me to forgo new production, because the energy that was used to create things I find at thrift stores was already spent. It did not require new production and pollution for me to have it. Buying sustainably produced and fair trade clothing allows me to minimize my pollution/carbon footprint and also leaves me reassured that whoever created my clothes isn’t being mistreated at their workplace and given unfair wages. I hope this post encourages you to buy less, choose well, and make that stuff last. Don’t view old as bad. This world is old, but we love it all the same, right? Well let’s leave it a good place for the new boys and girls to enjoy long after we are gone. (See what I did there?? Old world.. New girl(s)… and boys).
How are you passionate about making the earth a more sustainable place? How would you like to be more eco-conscious? Let me know in the comments below!