Friday 7 August 2020


We all have a responsibility to prioritise sustainable items of clothing, including brands. I'm definitely pro thrifting and recycling old garments, but I do find myself shopping for new pieces to add into my wardrobe without a reason which is something I'm trying to move away from and make more sustainable choices. Eco-friendly alternatives are becoming a big part of our daily lives, and the fashion world should be no different. If you are looking to create a guilt-free wardrobe, then I hope some of these five sustainable fashion tips will help you as much as they've been helping me.

1. Recycled Fashion

To become a more sustainable fashionista, recycled fashion is the way forward. There are a variety of stores where you can buy pre-loved items, including branded clothing at an affordable price. Second-hand certainly doesn't mean poor quality! A lot of people buy clothes and only wear them once before donating to a recycled fashion outlet or to a charity shop.

White Rose Fashion is a top Recycled Fashion store; the White Rose brand is on a mission to help you shop more sustainably. You'll find beautiful pre-loved items from Topshop, Zara, Missguided, Miss Selfridge, and more! I have been a huge fan of the White Rose shops in Nottingham for years now and I tend to find really lovely items in there. So, whether you're looking for some gorgeous Summer fashion trends or a trendy facemask, White Rose has got all this and more.

2. Sustainable Brands

To create a sustainable wardrobe, you've got to do your research first. Find out which brands are creating sustainable fashion (not fast fashion), and ensure that you offer these brands your support. Here are a few examples to get you started:

Weekday: Weekday produce a range of clothing made entirely out of recycled materials. Here you will find some gorgeous denim clothes, stylish blouses, and comfy knitwear. You can shop this Swedish fashion brand online or at the London Regent Street store.

Mango: Popular fashion brand Mango is on a mission to make its business more sustainable. Mango has set a goal to source 50% of its cotton sustainably, and they hope to reach this goal by the year 2020.

3. Choose Quality

Fast fashion is truly the enemy of sustainability and we all fall for it. Fast fashion refers to the production and purchase of cheap, low-quality items that do not last. These items need to be replaced fairly often, and so the system is far from sustainable. To create a more eco-friendly wardrobe, try to buy high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time. You might end up paying more to start with, but try to think of high-quality purchases as investments. Now, this doesn't mean that you should shop above your means and put yourself in debt, but if you have some disposable income and really want a decent pair of boots then buy them instead of purchasing a cheaper version every year due to low-quality material. Also, take care of your items when you do have them as this will ensure that they'll last you even longer.

4. Sell Your Old Items

Sustainable fashion is also about reducing how much waste you create. Instead of leaving garments that you don't wear in the back of your wardrobe, why not sell them instead? You can use several apps to sell your old clothes, with one of the most popular apps being Depop and eBay. Depop is a social marketplace of millions of users from all over the world. You'll find an appealing Instagram-style layout where it's easy to connect with buyers and make some extra cash. In June, I have made nearly £300 by selling my old clothes and unused makeup. After fees and postage, this came down to roughly around £200!!

5. DIY Clothing Repair

Ever noticed a small hole in your favourite dress or jeans? If you learn how to sew, you can fix it easily without throwing it out or replacing it! Websites like Udemy offer short-courses in clothing repair or you might prefer to teach yourself by following a few YouTube tutorials. This is very simple, and I remember mending a few of my clothes at a very young age (around 9), and even made some barbie clothes out of old bits of material my great-grandmother had in her cupboard!

Taking good care of your clothes and making them last is one of the most important actions for a more sustainable wardrobe.

*What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you doing anything to try and become more sustainable when it comes to fashion? This post is a collaboration, however, all opinions are honest and my own.

Lots of love,

Maya xo

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