When it comes to sustainable living, our fashion choices are usually the last thing we think would matter, no?
Believe it or not, all the items we choose to wear does not only reflect our personal style. It also has implications for the environment on a global scale, for our health and for the workers that create them. At Klow we think that our clothes are a way to express ourselves, in term of creativity but also in term of values. It reflects who we are as Human. Today, we would like to share with you few tips to adopt a more conscious lifestyle with our closet. Even if we start by only following one of those tips, it will have already so much impact, which is awesome we think!
Klow Slow Fashion Guide:
Cut Down On the Number of Clothes You Buy
A major consequence of fast fashion is a closet overflowing with too many clothes, shoes and accessories that you do not even wear (we only wear 20% of it, that’s crazy!). So let’s clean out our closet, keep the really important pieces and either sell or give the rest away.
After making this change, the best is to start buying fewer things. And when we want a very special piece of clothes, better spend money on high-quality fashion items that we actually need and that we will wear for years (and perhaps give to our child someday?). Every time you consider buying something new, ask yourself whether it is something you will keep and use over and over. And check the materials that have been used, you’ll know quickly if it will last or not.
It will not be easy giving up your fast-fashion addiction if you haven’t started on the slow fashion lifestyle yet. But simple actions such as cleaning out our closet, retaining only the essentials and committing to quality over quantity when it comes to fashion are steps in the right direction.
Here’s a smart tip: to get by with fewer clothes invest in ethically made, quality accessories such as belts, bags, jewelry, scarves, and shoes, which can help change your look.
Clean Your Wardrobe | How to do it
It’s not easy to clean our wardrobe, we know it and we’ve been there too. We never know what to keep or not. So here are a few tips to determine what to keep and what to give away or sale, with no regret.
For each garment ask you the following:
How many times have you worn it this year?
Does it match with your other outfits?
Is It practical for your daily lifestyle?
Do you love to wear it?
Of course, your personal style will determine what you can keep and what you can let go. A quick rule of thumb is to have a reasonable balance of layers, tops, bottoms, and accessories so you can mix and match everything. Ps: When you go shopping, try to think which piece would match with what you already got. And try to retain pieces with neutral colours as these go well with almost anything.
After oil, fashion is among the second most polluting industries today. Opting for a slow fashion closet means being conscious of the fashion choices we make such as questioning how the clothes we wear are manufactured and who made them? Eco-friendly clothing might be a bit more expensive than the regular stuff you will find in the big retail stores. However, the clothes, shoes or accessories you buy will probably last for years as it’s better quality.
Also, choosing ethically made clothes means we are not only buying less but we are also contributing to improving the all fashion industry supply chain. People are paid fairly for their work and we are not contributing to global pollution, which is giving us a great feeling.
In the long run, you will save money as you do not have to buy too many fashion pieces every 2 months. At the same time, the more we shop from these ethical & eco brands, the more we are creating a demand. Then it will be more and more affordable to create ecological garments because more money will go to the research of new raw materials made from recycled fibers.