Your Ultimate Guide to an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe

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The fashion line is claimed to be the 2nd most pollutant industry in the world. Clothes made up of synthetic fabrics such as polyester, acrylic and nylon stack up in the shops as the demands increase. In our fast-paced life, the terms like non-wrinkle, easy-maintenance clothes are getting popular which are usually based on man-made fabrics. Moreover, an average man/woman clogs his wardrobe with trendy clothes which would last only a season. One of the major motivations for fast fashion and no-repeat influencers are the celebrities who are shamed on by the media and the people for repeating their clothes and award ceremonies which are deviated towards ‘who-wore-what’ and ‘best and worst dressed’ from the actual purpose; celebrating and recognizing talent in the industry.

On the positive note, change is stirring up. Several celebrities have been spotted repeating outfits on various occasions; the list includes Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles, Kate Middleton and the most recent and media-stirrer being Cate Blanchett at the Oscars. Cate wore a black lace Armani Prive gown which she had earlier worn at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. This move was radical and sent out a positive message to the world that “it doesn’t matter if it’s worn before or not!”. Surely, one celebrity repeating her outfit will not stop the polar icebergs from melting, but I hope that as fans follow celebrities on all their crazy routes, they follow and imbibe this in their lifestyles as well.
Your Ultimate Guide to an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe - Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive Black Gown


The average man does repeat his/her clothes, yet, has several unworn and untouched clothes lying in their cupboards which are finally given away or forgotten. To unclog the whirlpool of a cluttered wardrobe, save money and contribute towards an eco-friendly environment consider these 7 rules:

Resources

Your Ultimate Guide to an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe - Choosing the right resources

As I said earlier, synthetic fibres harm the environment and the natural ones are easily decomposable since they are plant-based. If you are someone who gets their outfits tailor-made be careful about the material being used; preferring natural fibres such as cotton, wool, cashmere, silk and linen are not only good for the environment but they last longer and do not harm the skin. It has also been reported that women working in the nylon factories are 2x more prone to breast cancer when compared to an ordinary woman. On the other hand, if you buy ready-made clothes read the label on the product to find out the materials and their ratio. For example, a t-shirt can be made up of 40% cotton and 60% polyester. Try to purchase pieces that have a greater percentage of natural fabrics.

Still not convinced that synthetic fibres are harmful? Here are 5 Reasons To Switch to Natural Fibres.

Retailers/Brands 

Your Ultimate Guide to an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe - Choosing the ethical brands and retailers

Ethical fashion brands are an easy alternative to the complex natural-synthetic fabric war. If you get confused amongst the natural and synthetic materials and looking out for a certain material that fits the sustainable fashion criteria is just too much; consider ethical clothing labels that produce their pieces from plants and/or give back to the society in some way. In case you have a soft corner for luxury brands but cannot find any high-street ethical labels: here’s a list of 5 high-end brands that bring sustainable fashion onto the runway.

Research

Your Ultimate Guide to an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe - Do Your Research

When buying electronics, one does a thorough research about the specifications, brand, technology and other crucial things. On the other hand, clothes are usually dumped into our trolleys by just a glance in the mirror and the price tag. One of the many things that need to change. When going on a shopping spree ask yourself the following questions:
  1. Will this blend in well with my existing wardrobe?
  2. Does this really fit me or am I day-dreaming about fitting into it one day?
  3. What is the cost per wear? [Number of times I think I will wear /price] a.k.a is it worth it?
  4. How long has this trend been going on for?
  5. Will this piece easily transition into the next season?
Once you have done the thorough research you would be inclined towards quality products that are classic and timeless when compared to trendy outfits that would clog your wardrobe. Few other tips for researching fashion trends can be to make a Pinterest board of your favourites, jot down the items that are needed for your capsule wardrobe, stay up-to-date with current trends through magazines or social media.

Re-wear

Do not be afraid to repeat your outfits/looks in various occasions. Remember, “Different people. Same clothes. Who cares”. In case you are hanging out with the same set of people wearing the same outfit as you wore the last time you met them, change your hair-do or spice up your look with different accessories. Lastly, if your clothes are faded or no longer wearable outside consider alterations if needed and wear them as loungewear/night wear. I am 22 years old and haven’t bought a single night suite or nightwear so far; if this does not sound like you consider donating your clothes to the needy and poor.

Need some inspiration? Check out my blog post on How to Style a Dress in 2 Different Ways?

Re-Cycle

Your Ultimate Guie to an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe - Earth T-Shirt by Anita Dongre

Fun-fact: Anita Dongre, a Mumbai-based fashion designer has designed the Earth Tee (in the picture above) and it is made up with 25000 recycled PET bottles; that's a great example of sustainable fashion, isn't it? Re-cycling clothes can be broken down into 2 major ways: repair any damaged clothes if possible or roll your sleeves up for DIY projects. For example, there is a tear-out on one of your t-shirts you can patch it up with a complimenting colour and material piece, this will go very nicely with the colour-blocking trend. Secondly, you can find thousands of DIY projects on Pinterest such as converting that old shirt into an off-shoulder top or a tank top into a body suit. If you have faded old jeans that you would like to re-style, check out my blog post on DIY: Ripped Jeans and Styling.

Best things are saved for the end. Guess what? I have designed this super-cool infographic with all of this info, in brief, download it, share it on your social-media, spread the word. Let's make the world greener, one closet at a time.

Disclaimer: None of the photos in the blog belongs to me, they rightfully belong to their owners are only used for display purposes.