21 Feb Sustainable Fashion
We are killing the planet. I know, pretty harsh way to open up a post, but I needed your attention. More specifically, the fashion industry and our over indulgent consumerism is killing the planet. You’ve heard it before, so I will spare you the harsh realities and science to back this up. A quick google search for “fast fashion” and a plethora of articles, reports, and studies will come up. Enough to make you crazy— or perhaps enough to make you pay attention and stop senselessly buying things (at least that’s what it did to me). Instead of listing all the reasons why you should be avoiding fast fashion, I’m going to give you tips on how to make your wardrobe more sustainable.
- Visit your local thrift store. Thrift stores, consignment shops, and Vintage stores are great for sustainability. They are the perfect way to recycle and upcycle clothes.
- Rent The Runway. I’ve partnered with RTR for 3 months to style more and buy less. Their unlimited program allows you to rent new items from top designers and keep them as long as you’d like. Once you’re done simply return them and check out something else. It’s basically like having a library of endless clothes. (This entire outfit is rented— minus the shoes, hat, and frames)
- Local/Small designers and brands. Oftentimes local designers source their fabric locally and they aren’t mass producing items. Less production = less waste.
- Ethical brands. There are so many ethical brands out there now. Many use recycled fabrics, plastic, or environmentally friendly materials to create their clothes. The price point may be higher, but the items often are better quality and will last longer.
- Repair your clothes. We live in a throw away society. Since we don’t invest much money in the things we buy, we view them as disposable. If a button or zipper breaks, we are quicker to throw it away than we are to repair it. If we started repairing our items (even the cheap ones) instead of throwing them away, we would generate less waste.
- Trade with friends. When you find that you’ve fallen out of love with a piece, give it to a friend. Make the trash the LAST possible place you put your unwanted clothes.
- Buy less. It seems so simple, but it’s actually kind of hard. We are constantly bombarded with what’s “new” and “on trend”. These trendy items can cost hundreds if you’re buying from top-tier designers, so the best compromise to looking great is to buy from fast fashion brands, right? I would never suggest completely removing fast fashion from your diet, however what if we all just cut back a little bit? Maybe instead of buying 4 pairs of shoes a season, we buy one. Instead of 12 mass manufacturered dresses a year, how about just 4?
I challenge all of you to style more and buy less. I challenge you to make more conscious decisions when purchasing new wardrobe pieces. Our planet is depending on it. To help you out, I’m giving you $100 off your first two months of RTR Unlimited, simply use code VICSTYLES100 at checkout.