Style savvy without the waste
The change in season can bring the need for new clothing. Everything we purchase takes energy and resources to produce, so consider buying quality clothing that lasts or selecting pre‑owned items to reduce your energy use, and save you money while still keeping you in comfort and style.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Before you head off on a shopping expedition for the new season's wardrobe, give some thought to what you actually need and what you already have in your wardrobe.
- Consider buying second-hand items. Not only does this cut down on resources, there are some great bargains to be found in vintage stores and op shops.
- Why buy reproduction retro when you can get a great deal on the original? Vintage glamour is back in fashion. Whatever your style you can pull together your look from second-hand clothing outlets. Try markets, charity shops, fashion swaps, online second-hand clothing sites and the more selective second-hand stores that are springing up. Even 'those in the know' in the fashion world are doing it.
- You can polish off your look by accessorising with scarves, belts, handbags, shoes and jewellery—also available from vintage stores. Accessories can also be a great way to bring new life to existing quality pieces in your wardrobe.
- Think about the quality of clothing you buy—opt for items that will last through the seasons rather than throwaway items you will need to replace. There are a range of eco-fabrics now available such as lyocell, soy fabric and organic cotton—take the time to read the label so you know exactly what you are getting.
- Select some basic wardrobe items and complement these with a few key seasonal pieces. Even small wardrobes can be versatile with some planning and coordination.
- Recycle your unwanted clothing to a charity or swap with friends. If you haven't worn items in your wardrobe for a couple of years, perhaps it's unlikely you ever will. Spread the vintage joy.
- Repair rather than toss out clothing items which may be missing a button or have a small hole. For a favourite jumper with a bit of pilling, invest in a lint remover to freshen them up for another season.