So you want to go slow?
Five Signs you’re Ready for a Sustainable Wardrobe
The recent buzz about sustainability has you making changes in your day today.
You’ve stopped using plastic straws. Remember to bring your reusable bags to
the grocery. You’ve made stricter dietary choices and opt for veggies whenever
you get a chance. Naturally, you’ve found yourself turning towards your
The idea of making more sustainable clothing choices might still be a little
intimidating but you might be more ready than you think! Take a look at the
checklist below for five signs your closet’s ready to go green.
- You’re in no rush.
A sustainable wardrobe means making mindful changes. It might look like
boycotting faster fashion brands and supporting smaller labels. Or second-hand
shopping and borrowing from friends. Whatever it looks like for you, it’ll mean
approaching fashion from a different perspective.
Changing lanes over to the slow and sustainable takes time. The mindfulness is
happening one decision after another and you feel no pressure to get it right,
right away. You’ve accepted there will be days when sustainability feels easy,
breezey and other days it won’t.
- You’ve saved up.
Living mindfully may cost you. It’s why the faster, cheaper, more disposable
option is so attractive. Supporting sustainable brands committed to their values
of ethical production might feel like serious financial commitment, but consider
the purchase under a light of investment. You can be sure that your well earned
(insert currency here) are enabling small businesses do what they love to do and
what they do well.
Mind you, the faster, cheaper, more disposable option does certainly cost you.
The real price tag is just poorly stitched to the depletion of natural resources
and harsher work conditions for those on the manual production side of fashion.
- You’re doing your research.
Speaking of investment, a sustainable wardrobe takes some looking into.
Meaning you’ll need to dig a little for local brands. Research the differences in
fibers and textiles. Discover businesses partnering with smaller, artisanal
communities in different parts of the world.
One hot tip: start small and close to home. Consider brands that are doing some
good for a community you’re already be a part of. You’ll feel connected to
fashion in a new and refreshing way.
- You’re asking yourself bigger questions.
Stop and take a second to wonder why you’re doing this all in the first place. A
sharper focus will help guide your buyer choices and steer you back in moments
of doubt. You’ll quickly see the intentionality steep into other areas of your life.
A few to get you started:
Is slow fashion just another trend I want to follow?
How does sustainability and mindfulness as a whole affect other areas of my life?
Does it need to in order to participate in slow fashion?
Is slow fashion accessible and attainable for everyone?
- Your ultimate aim is to consume less.
The very nature of a slower wardrobe comes right back around to this idea that
less is best. A more sustainable wardrobe means owning pieces that are
timeless, better made.
The Buyerarchy of Needs is a great guide for navigating purchase decisions and
a reminder that there are other options to buying. Repair the straps on an older
bag or swap forgotten items for some ‘new to me’ ones. Borrow a dress for that
work event instead of buying another little black one. There are options to
buying, even buying sustainable.
Illustration by Sarah Lazarovic on longliveirony.com
So, how many did you check off? Are you ready for a more sustainable