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How to Create a Sustainable Wardrobe | Fast Fashion Series III

How to Create a Sustainable Wardrobe | Fast Fashion Series III

How to Create a Sustainable Wardrobe | Fast Fashion Series III

One of the major concerns about creating a sustainable wardrobe comes with the cost associated. On my last post, How to be a Conscious Consumer I received a lot of comments in regards to the price of more sustainable clothing pieces. And yes, many of you are completely right – sustainable clothing brands tend to be more expensive due to the manufacturing processes and the fabric used. However, you don’t need to sell your kidney in order to create a more sustainable wardrobe!

How to Create a Sustainable Wardrobe

First, it’s important to know why creating a sustainable wardrobe is so important. If you haven’t already, make sure that you check my introductory post to the world of Fast Fashion and then make sure to check out how you can become a conscious consumer!

There are a number of ways that you can create a sustainable wardrobe without spending an arm and a leg while you’re at it – and today we’re going to discuss some of the ways that you can do that!

how to create a sustainable wardrobe

Create a Capsule Wardrobe

The first step is to declutter your current wardrobe from clothing that is not getting any use. Go through your closets and dresser drawers and try to pick clothing pieces that are versatile while minimizing your collection. Not only will this help you get organized, but it also feels like you have a little less weight on your shoulders!

There’s a few ways to create a capsule wardrobe depending on your climate (and I’m not going to lie and say I’m an expert in capsule wardrobes!) so here’s a few resources:

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe – The Every Girl

Tips for Creating a Winter Capsule Wardrobe

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe  – The Home Loving Wife

My Green Closet (Youtube)

Of course, go at it with your own pace and you never need to follow the rules (such as only having so many t-shirts, sweaters etc.) In the end it’s your closet and you know your lifestyle! The nice thing about a capsule wardrobe for myself is less clutter and less worrying about what to wear on a particular day!

Buy Pre-Loved + Donate

I understand the stigma that can surround shopping at second hand or thrift stores – we feel like it’s somehow only for the less fortunate and I admit that when I was younger and up until I exited my teenage years I thought that for the most part as well. I feel liked we’re groomed in society to believe that it’s below us to shop second hand (or at least where I grew up.) However in many cases you can find great pieces that are lightly used for way less money than buying something brand new at a regular retail store.

It’s also a great way to recycle old clothing and it’s better for the environment. So if you’re looking for cost-effective ways to create a more sustainable wardrobe, consider shopping at a thrift store. Honestly, you can find some real gems there!

There’s also clothing shops online where you can buy preloved articles such as Depop or ThredUP. The only thing to remember is that the shipping does add to the environmental cost of the clothing. If possible, shopping local is better.

how to create sustainable wardrobe

Clothing Swap with Friends

Another fun way to change up your wardrobe when you get a little bit tired of what you have right now is to organize a clothing swap with a couple friends! Of course only bring pieces that you would still wear yourself because you don’t want to be trading crappy items of clothing with your friends. You can extend this to family or even set up a community clothing swap if you’re feeling really ambitious.

Think about it – everyone wins because you get rid of stuff you don’t want while creating a new wardrobe for yourself… for free!

Repair Your Clothes

Before mass production of clothing was a thing, people used to repair their clothes. I know it might seem like a completely obsolete thing but getting your clothing pieces repaired (especially if there’s just a rip in the seam) will increase the longevity of your clothing. You can even have your shoes repaired when the soles come out or the heel breaks off! It may cost a bit of money, but if you invest in good articles of clothing to begin with it will be well worth it!

Purchase Ethical + Sustainable

Lastly, and of course the most costly would be to invest in ethical and sustainable clothing brands. It’s not easy to spend $60-100 on a t-shirt, I know. But if you are able to save up and start slowly by creating a wardrobe with more sustainable clothing pieces you will be one step further to creating your fully sustainable wardrobe.

In the next post I’m going to share a few ethical clothing brands and how to find them.

What do you do with your unwanted clothing items?


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  • I donate them for charity or pass them on to my mother or sisters. But I don’t buy much anyway, so I do not have a lot to give away.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • That’s great Anne! Much better than tossing them in a garbage bag and sending them to a landfill 🙂

  • I usually donate my clothes to charity twice a year and yes, I think buying from thrift stores is a great idea and one that I should get onboard with soon. Another great post, Lindsey and I honestly love how I am slowly educating myself on this matter too. It’s a slow process but I’m trying.

    • That’s awesome, Shireen! Donating clothes is definitely way better than tossing them in the trash. Hopefully it extends their longevity too! Thanks so much for reading and I’m glad you are enjoying it 🙂

  • I like the idea of creating a sustainable wardrobe. Also, I admit that I used to think the same way about thrift stores. But now they are the places for gem findings, haha. What I do with the unwanted clothes? I usually donate them or pass them to the person I know if its in a good condition.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Yes, there’s definitely a stigma attached to thrift stores which is a real shame… hopefully one day we can overcome it as a society. But yes there are tons of hidden gems at thrift stores too!

  • I always want to shop second hand but I’ve never had good experiences with it. I never find anything good at shops like Salvation army but the “fancier” stores like buffalo exchange are always so pricey. But maybe I just need to keep trying 🙂 I want to be better at buying from ethical/ sustainable brands. The difficulty is sometimes it’s hard to recognize which brands are ethical and sustainable 🙁 There are brands that sell $60 tshirts but they’re still made in China! Can’t wait to read your next post on ethical brands 🙂

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Do you live in the states? I know there’s a few second hand shops that are similar to what we have in Canada like Goodwill or Platos Closet. I’ve had some good luck searching in those stores. I’ve never looked for clothes in a Salvation Army though I know that plenty of people donate there… so you’d think they’d have great items! And yes, it’s super hard to find an ethical clothing brand that doesn’t manufacture overseas!

      • I actually confused Salvation army with goodwill XD I’ve never shopped at salvation army, but have donated! I think I just need to be more patient when looking lol

  • Thanks for sharing all your tips dear! I really need to do my closet.. I am always so good in giving advice but when it comes to doing it myself.. Haha.



  • Oh here it is hahah, sorry I’m reading your posts backwards so you already mentioned thifting. I always donate to the Salvation Army or hand my unwanted clothes down to any friends or family members who might be interested. I also use to swap clothes with my sister and cousins all the time which was a lot of fun!


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