HOW MY WARDROBE BECAME MORE SUSTAINABLE
There has been much positive change in my wardrobe in the last 8+ years. These changes include:-
- what goes in it,
- what is taken out,
- different approach to shopping
- creating an organised wardrobe space,
- wearing more of my clothes on a regular basis,
- having clothing that coordinates and easily mix and matches to create many different outfits for my lifestyle,
- thinking about my clothing choices.
My wardrobe hasn’t always been a place I liked to visit. It contained many clothing items that were purchased for the wrong reasons. Much of my clothing purchases remained unworn taking up valuable wardrobe real estate space. I use to wear 20% of my clothing 80% of the time. My consumption definitely outweighed my wearability and wasted a large amount of money, time and energy. It contained far more quantity than quality and very little thought about sustainability.
Now I am wearing 80% or more of my clothing most of the time. Without me realising it my wardrobe has become more supportive and sustainable than at any other time in my life. My wardrobe has done a double flip and is now more quality than quantity. It is no longer a storage place for my misguided shopping choices. As a consumer I had very little conscious thought of the impact my choices had emotionally, financially, ethically or environmentally.
Let me tell you how this change has happened over a period of time without me realising what was happening. I have spent some time reflecting on how this change has evolved.
- Discovering the clothing elements that I love to wear to express who I am – my Personality Style. This has guided me in my shopping choices and provided with directions to buy clothing that I loved and would wear.
- Gaining knowledge, understanding and acceptance of my body by applying style principles that enhanced my style look.
- Discovering the colour palette that harmonised and complimented my complexion. When I started wearing colours from my colour swatch I felt and looked completely alive, healthy and energised. It also gave me the pathway to create a mix and match colour coordinated wardrobe. My wardrobe was no longer a mismatch of clothing but each piece added value, versatility and variety. I was making more informed and considered shopping choices. I stopped feeling like I had nothing to wear.
- Playing, exploring and experimenting with the clothes in my wardrobe meant I was shopping in my wardrobe instead of going to the shops to buy more.
- Having an organised wardrobe meant that I could easily see, find and wear the clothes I had. This resulted in me wearing more of my clothes in different combinations.
- Shopping with a different mindset. I was no longer shopping as an emotional outlet. I now shop with purpose and know what I am looking for. Prior to these changes I would shop with the intention to just buy something. My wardrobe is no longer overcrowded with clothes I do not wear.
- Buying much more from local and Australian small clothing businesses.
- Adopted a RE strategy into my wardrobe – replace, restyle, repurpose, repair, remake, recycle, reuse and rewear. I have less in my wardrobe but more possible outfit combinations than I have had ever had before.
- Rethinking what I am buying by considering these questions:-* What fibres am I wearing and the impact the manufacturing process has on the environment.* Where am I buying my clothes?
* Why am I buying this?
* Where and how were these clothes made?
* How long will this item last?
- Recognising that I have much more to learn about sustainability and clothing.
Presently reading these books:-
- “Slow Clothing – Finding Meaning in What We Wear” by Jane Milburn
- “Wardrobe Crisis – How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion” by Clare Press
- “Fashionopolis -The Price of Fast Fashion & the Future of Clothes” by Dana Thomas
I look forward to embracing these thoughts from Jane Milburn:-
“Slow clothing is about thoughtful, ethical, creative and sustainable ways to enjoy clothes while minimising our material footprint.”