How to build a sustainable minimalist wardrobe. Minimalist fashion has become one of the most talked about topics in the sustainable fashion community. Transitioning from a fast fashion wardrobe to a minimalist one is a great way to start becoming more sustainable, but it can be overwhelming. Especially if you don’t know where to start.
If you want to create a minimalist wardrobe and start to embrace a sustainable lifestyle, here are our tips.
Clean Out Your Wardrobe
Look at what pieces you already own. Organise your clothes into two piles: what your want to keep and what you want to get rid of. When deciding what to hang onto, think about how often you wear the piece. Only keep garments you will wear often and love dearly. Even if the item isn’t made from a sustainable brand.
Remember, sustainable fashion isn’t about supporting sustainable brands, but also about giving life to existing items and keeping clothing out of landfills.
You don’t have to clear out your wardrobe all at once. You can spend the next year slowly swapping a handful of pieces in exchange for one or two staple items.
Discover Your Style
The most important tip to creating a minimalist wardrobe is to discover a style that is unique to you. Begin by asking questions about what you want to wear. What do your clothes say about you? What fabrics do you like?
It’s essential to feel confident and comfortable in what you wear. Create looks that you love and pin photos of outfits that speak to you.
Sustainable brands and clothing have a bigger price tag than their fast fashion counterparts. This makes sense as ethical companies use lasting fabrics and pay their workers a fair wage.
If you cannot afford to buy from sustainable brands, shop secondhand. Great fashion piece can be found on the racks of secondhand stores or online.
Care For Your Clothes
You want to make sure you are looking after and storing your garments properly, especially on a minimalist wardrobe. This will not only protect your wardrobe but allow you to wear your clothing for years.
Swap Or Sell Unwanted Garments
If you are struggling to find something to wear for those special occasions. Whether you need something for a wedding or a holiday, sometimes you need an outfit that is not a part of your everyday wardrobe.
You can try swapping items with friends, family or join our FASHION exCHANGE. Not only will you save money but is a wonderful way to promote and encourage sustainable living.
Here at Fashion.ie we always promote fashion sustainability. Where possible, please exchange your clothing with others to increase their longevity which ensures they do not go towards landfill which is bad for the environment.
Always check out how and where your clothes, beauty products and accessories are made before purchase to ensure they are not only ethically produced but environmentally friendly.
We can all play our part and make the difference to working towards a better and cleaner fashion environment here in Ireland.
How to build a sustainable minimalist wardrobe