How to transition to a sustainable wardrobe

Sustainable shopping can be overwhelming at first. We keep hearing about greenwashing. It is difficult to trust brands when we do not know who is and who is not lying to us about the production and materials of their clothing. At Goshopia are trying to make it a little easier for you to be able to have a sustainable wardrobe without feeling overwhelmed or guilty about your purchases. We do all the questions so that you can have peace of mind.

For today’s article, we came up with 5 ways to transition to a more sustainable wardrobe:

24h Test

You know the feeling when you go to a store and see a beautiful garment. You try it on, fall in love with it and when you get home you realize you have nothing to wear it with? It either ends behind your closet or you purchase more useless items just for this one piece. Well, the 24h test helps. 

The point is that after trying it on, give yourself at least 24 hours to think about the item and find out whether you really need/love it. The test allows us to think clearly about our purchases and prevents impulse shopping and throwing out our money. 

Invest in a capsule collection

Capsule collections are one of the best ways you can have a sustainable wardrobe. The entire point of the capsule collection is that you buy high-quality items that are easy to style and you can create different outfits with them. The term was first used in the ’70s and referred to a collection of items that will never go out of style.  

One of the many benefits of the capsule collection is that you don’t have to stand in front of your closet each morning and think about how you will style your outfit because everything matches perfectly. A capsule collection can consist of 30 to 50 pieces, also depending on where you live, the climate, and different seasons. 

How to transition to a sustainable wardrobe - Capsule Collection

Be Informed

This is a very broad term so I will simplify it for you. Shopping these days is difficult and we have no idea who to believe, so educating yourself on brands and materials will be helpful. No, you do not need to go to school to understand what is happening or read tons of books, we did that for you. 😉

All you need to do is follow Instagram accounts that are all about sustainability. They will inform you about everything you need to know and give you easy tips on sustainable shopping. The accounts will give you insights into fashion brands and what they are doing and will navigate you to the brands that are really good for people and the planet. 

Luckily, there is a lot of options where you can shop. Try thrift shops, swaps with your friends, vintage stores, and if you want something brand new, you can always visit our website where we offer you a big variety of slow, sustainable, and ethical brands you can choose from. But please remember, just because you shop at thrift stores or from responsible brands, it doesn’t mean you can shop every week for a new item. Buy what you really need and try not to get impulsive!

Repair your clothing

We keep repeating this all over again but this is one of the most effective ways to have a sustainable wardrobe. Everyone has items sitting in their closets that have a button off, don’t fit us anymore, or we don’t like something about them. Repairing your old clothing can feel like shopping and even better because the clothing will fit you like a glove and it will be something “new” since you didn’t wear it lately.

And if you are crafty, try upcycling. You can easily make a top or a skirt out of an old dress, shorts out of jeans, or a cute tank top out of an old shirt. However, make sure you will wear it after the alterations. If not resell it on one of many resale platforms available.

How to transition to a sustainable wardrobe- upcycling

Choose quality over quantity

Please hear us out. Quality items are a little bit more costly than your regular fast fashion items. It only makes sense that products made of natural materials and made by workers that are getting paid a living wage will cost a little more. However, they will last you for years and you do not have to get the same white shirt every couple of weeks. 

This is all about changing your mindset. Instead of buying 5 shirts for 10 euros, you can buy one high-quality shirt for 50. Eventually, this will end up costing you less since this item will last longer. Also, this will reduce carbon footprint so it will be way better for the environment.

Today it is easier than ever to have a sustainable wardrobe. We hope we helped you at least a little and have given you a guide on where to start and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to send us a message. We are here to help!

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