This post contains affiliate links | At the end of 2019, I made the decision to stop shopping from fast fashion brands and start shopping sustainably. Arguably, as a complete beginner, I’m not one to be sharing sustainable fashion tips. Or perhaps I am? When I shared my last post about how I was embarking on a year of sustainable fashion, there were plenty of comments from people who also wanted to do the same thing.
And completely switching up your shopping habits, often after years of doing the same thing, is hard. It can be difficult to know where to start. So this post is for everyone who want some SUPER BASIC sustainable fashion tips from someone who’s just dipping their toes in the eco-friendly waters and actually…
Is really enjoying it!
So what were my reasons to switching up my shopping habits at the end of last year? Well, I explain this in more detail in my first post but in short, I realised I needed to do my part. I’m not Vegan and I use single-use plastic more than I care to admit. It’s all things I’m working on but it hit me last year that I couldn’t sit back and do NOTHING anymore.
I realised fashion and shopping habits would be the easiest thing for me to change. I’m not a HUGE shopper anyway, especially when it comes to clothes. But I would rely a bit too heavily on fast fashion brands; for the ease, the convenience and the shockingly low prices. The more I leaned about fast fashion, the more I needed to stop feeding into that industry.
Are you wanting to start on your own eco-friendly fashion journey? Not quite sure where to begin? Let me share some sustainable fashion tips from a complete BEGINNER and some things I’ve learned along the way:
Research sustainable fashion brands and keep them bookmarked
I think when you say sustainable fashion to someone, they often think that that means EVERYTHING must come from eBay or charity shops and EVERYTHING must be second hand. And whilst – at least for me – that’s a huge part of it, there are also some incredible sustainable fashion brands out there which are great to use on the odd occasion – especially to treat yourself!
One of my favourites that I’ve found so far is Thought (who I’m thrilled to be an affiliate for!), a sustainable brand who use organic and natural fabrics, like bamboo, hemp and organic cotton. I love their beautiful, high-quality pieces so if you’re on the lookout for a sustainable fashion brand, I’d highly recommend checking them out!
Wash your clothes less and try and avoid the tumble dryer as much as possible
Another thing I’ve been doing is making a conscious effort to wash my clothes less. I’ve always been terrible for wearing something for 4 hours then automatically throwing it in the washing basket. And there’s much more to sustainable fashion than actually buying items – it’s how you manage and care for those items which matters too.
Shop second hand!
Obviously the main sustainable fashion tip and one that you’ll hear about that most and that’s shopping second hand. Whether that’s in charity shops, on eBay or Depop, shopping second hand is one of the best things you can do not only for the environment but also for your bank balance! I bought a pair of second hand Sketchers from eBay which I needed for exercise for a fraction of the price they would have been new – and they’re like new anyway!
Do NOT throw your clothes away – sell or donate them
If, like me, you enjoy a de-clutter of your wardrobe, this is a point worth taking note of. The easiest thing to do is throw your clothes away but I urge you to re-think doing that in the future. There are plenty of things you can do with your old clothes, including donating them to charity shops, to clothes banks, to friends and family or selling them on eBay or Depop for a bit of extra cash!
Check out this post from Teresa at Outlandish for a full guide on how to recycle clothes sustainably.
Utilize what you already have
Let’s be honest… we don’t NEED loads and loads and loads of clothing items. Despite what most brands say, every time they’re pushing a new line or a new collection on us. We DON’T need it. Of course that’s not to say you shouldn’t treat yourself every now and again – I really want to treat myself to a few items from Thought when I have the financial means to do so.
But try and utilize what’s already in your wardrobe. Is there an item that needs mending? Mend it, instead of buying a new one. Something you’re not a fan of anymore? Can you create something new from it? (i.e turning a pair of trousers into shorts). This is also a great chance to get creative!
Where am I at now?
These are all the things I’ve been doing within the last 6 months or so, since I started on my sustainable fashion journey. I know I have a lot to learn and a long way to go but I feel like I’ve made a good start. The best part for me is that I find shopping sustainably much more fun. Is it as convenient? No. Does it take longer? Yes.
But it also introduces you to some clothing items that you probably wouldn’t have found had you hopped on to the easiest fast fashion website!
I’m really enjoying looking through Depop in particular for items of clothing because you can usually find some really lovely bits on there. I purchased a pair of bamboo tights from Thought, which are SO COMFORTABLE. And two pairs of leggings from them too which I only bought just this month and my GOD. I’ve never felt comfort like it. Apart from the Sketchers I mentioned earlier, I haven’t really bought any more clothing. I’ve just not needed it. And the best bit?
I don’t miss fast fashion brands AT ALL.