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Rethinking Your Relationship With Fashion

In this era of fast fashion, people are used to continually buying new clothes to keep up with ever-changing trends. People look to get items as cheap as possible, wear them once or twice and then throw them out. This is an attitude that contributes to high levels of clothing ending up in landfill and to water and air pollution. To combat these adverse effects on the environment, people need to change the way they think about clothes. Instead of trying to follow the trends, people need to be finding timeless pieces, like denim, that fit with their style and can be worn over and over again.

Below are a few things that might change how you think about fashion:


Start thinking about quality over quantity

When buying clothes, you may be used to looking for great deals so that you can get more for your money. However, cheaper clothes are usually made from lower-quality materials. This means that they won’t last very long, resulting in a lot of waste because of their short life cycle.

Choosing to buy higher-quality clothing will cost more money, but it will be an investment that will last you a lot longer. You’ll be able to buy tops, trousers, and other items of clothing that you can love for years while feeling the benefit of the quality materials. 


Look into how sustainable your purchases are

Many companies that produce fast fashion don’t do anything to combat the negative environmental effects that producing clothes can have on the environment. Clothes not made in an eco-friendly way can contribute to the greenhouse gases that are released into the environment, along with air and water pollution, and huge amounts of waste that is sent to landfills. There are, however, clothing companies that try to find more ethical and sustainable ways to make clothing. 

Research the brands that you like buying from to see if they use factories that pay good wages to their workers. Find out if they use sustainable materials and ethical production processes. If you need help finding new sustainable brands to shop with you can use the app Good On You which rates brands for how sustainable they are. You may not be able to make the switch completely to sustainable clothing but educating yourself and finding a few different alternatives is better than doing nothing.


Take care of your clothes

Once you start to switch over to clothes that you want to last for the long hall, you need to learn how to care for your clothing correctly. Different fabrics have different care instructions which can usually be found on their label. Washing them at the temperature it says on the label, or lower, is a great way to ensure they last a long time.

It would help if you also got into the habit of mending your clothes. When a small hole appears, try to sew it before it starts to get too big, and if a button falls off, simply reattach it. There is no reason to throw away an item of clothing just because it needs a little mending. Even if you need to go to a professional seamstress, it will usually work out cheaper than buying something brand new. 

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