Most people are finding ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and minimize their carbon footprint. People are starting to use recyclable material, reconsidering their food choices, and reducing fossil fuel emissions. If you want to start living a sustainable lifestyle but don’t know where to begin, it’s best to start by looking at your closest.
Unfortunately, what many don’t know is that the clothes you wear have a massive impact on the environment. Even if these fast-fashion companies produce cute clothes, they’re not using the right environmental-friendly protocol. Fortunately, there are different ways to counter this issue. One of the most accessible solutions you can do is to curate a sustainable wardrobe.
Here are five tips you can follow to build a sustainable wardrobe:
Wear clothing more than once
One of the features of having a sustainable wardrobe is that it’s mostly filled with essential classic pieces of clothing that are durable and stay in style. Ideally, you would want to maximize the wearability of these items, so you don’t need to purchase fast fashion clothing again.
Look for durable and essential key pieces like sweaters, shirts, dresses, pants that would go well with any trend. This way, your expense will decrease and you won’t be contributing to the carbon footprint produced by fast fashion companies.
Choose the right type of Fabric
If you’re aware of the different sustainable clothing materials, you can start building your wardrobe. These materials are sustainable because they’re made from eco-friendly resources and processes.
Some notable sustainable materials are leather, linen, bamboo, rayon, silk and ramie. Sourcing eco-friendly focused boutiques, such as X-Treme Clothing Boutique have become a bit easier to find so you can find eco-friendly clothes like bamboo sweaters that you can use regularly year round.
Buying from a local small boutique
Independent boutiques offer unique quality clothing designs.
You can learn more about how your garments are made due to a customer focused buying experience.
Local made garments are often more sustainable.
Local clothing supports your local and national economy.
High-quality garments are usually made locally or if not, sourced carefully by an eco-conscious boutique.
Shopping local reduces your carbon footprint, supports small business which in turn supports your community, local schools, sport teams and other organizations that small businesses donate to and partner with.
Quality over Quantity
The key to sustainable clothing is investing in pieces that would last a lifetime. It’s best not to buy clothing based on price, but instead opt for pieces with excellent and quality material.
If you buy cheap clothing, the chances are that you will have to replace these pieces quickly, ultimately increasing your expense. If you buy quality clothing, you won’t have to worry about having to buy another piece of clothing as it will last. The old saying "you get what you pay for" in this case is.. true.
We believe a capsule wardrobe is one made-up of key items and go-to pieces that can be worn on repeat to make your life easier. Its common to have somewhere in the range of 33-40 items in one's capsule wardrobe. The number of pieces is not as important as the mindset. A capsule wardrobe is meant to make dressing everyday easier, save money and time, and enable us to create a more thoughtful wardrobe. By cutting out the gluttony in our wardrobes and removing the poor-quality, ill-fitting pieces we never wear, we can make room for a well-curated closet. You should love every piece in your capsule wardrobe, whether its your long-time favorite denim jacket, or a well-needed new addition to your closet. An edited closet may seem inhibiting, it's actually a pretty liberating thing to pursue and we can help and have done it for many women simplifying daily life with quality wearable sustainable wardrobe staples!
Choosing to live an eco-friendly lifestyle is an admirable thing to do. Wanting to reduce your carbon footprint will not only affect you but everyone else around you. When you start building your wardrobe with sustainable stylish clothing made with high-quality eco-friendly material, you will incorporate this in other aspects of your life. Start living sustainably and continue to protect the planet, one clothing item at a time.
If you’re looking for sustainable stylish clothing, check out X-Treme Clothing Boutique. We are a ladies boutique located in Tsawwassen in Delta, BC. We offer clothing made from eco-friendly materials that would fit any age and style. We offer one on one styling where we can focus on capsule wardrobing or just adding a few key pieces to your wardrobe to extend the wear of certain pieces.
Contact us for a private shopping appointment or check out our online boutique and start curating your sustainable wardrobe today!