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3 Ways to Start Building A More Ethical Wardrobe

I seriously almost titled this 3 ways to start having an ethicalier outfit. But, according to the doña angustias which is Grammarly, I must say a more ethical wardrobe. Screw you adjectives not turning into adverbs whenever I want them to while still retaining their syntax and other grammatical features.

I won’t, because it is rather obvious, discuss buying from ethical brands. Again because it’s rather obvious. But, if you have the money for investing in higher quality ethical pieces, by all means, look into ethical brands.

Build a Capsule Wardrobe

If you’ve spent any time on any basic bitch website (me, honestly) then you know what a capsule wardrobe is. If not, congratulations on not being like “other girls”. Either way, a capsule wardrobe is a good way to cut down on wardrobe space, stressing about clothes, and buying clothes. Plus a capsule wardrobe can easily move you towards an ethical wardrobe.

The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to keep your wardrobe to a small number of pieces (all of which you like) which can be combined to create many outfits. This helps cut down on buying too many items of clothing, something which can combat fast fashion. Plus, if you keep your spending to a small amount you can invest in more expensive pieces from ethical brands.

Read More: Caroline Joy’s Capsule Wardrobe

Make Your Clothes Last Longer

There are lots of little tricks you can use to help keep your clothes in good condition. You probably know a lot of them but don’t necessarily actually use them because they’re mental work. And your mom told you about them and no one likes to admit their parents were right.

I can’t even begin to possibly list all of the things you can do to expand the life expectancy of your clothing, but here are a few of my favorite tips.

  1. Don’t hang your sweaters, they’ll stretch and lose their shape. Instead, fold them.
  2. I love this one because I hate laundry. Turns out it’s actually good to not wash your clothes after every use. Other than shirts that actually touch your body (like a sweater over a shirt doesn’t need to be washed) your clothes only have to be washed every three-ish uses.
  3. Don’t give up on clothes because of one stain. With the right know-how, you can get rid of any stain.

Read More: Mindful of the Home’s Tips Get Rid of Stains

Get Acquainted with your Local Tailor

Sometimes I wonder at people who get things tailored because I personally have never had it done. That being said I know people who have.

As it turns out, tailoring is a great way to make sure your clothes look great on you and are good for the planet. Especially when you combine it with thrifting.

When it comes down to it building an ethical wardrobe can be expensive- the low end of ethical brands is like $40 for a t-shirt. Thrifting, however, is never expensive. Not only are you re-using something and keeping it from ending up in a landfill, but you’re also saving money *queue Macklemore*. When you use a tailor you can make sure that a thrift store find fits you perfectly. And it’ll make your clothes look more expensive so that’s a big plus.

It will make your thrifting more expensive but, if you’re looking for minor alterations, you’re looking between 10 and 30 bucks. Or about the cost of a cheap fast fashion item.

I’m not an expert tailor or an expert in tailoring, so I’m gonna pass the rest of this tip to the professionals.

Read More: A Guide to Tailoring

Do you have any of your own tips to share? Leave them in the comments!

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