ethical wardrobe

Even though I purchase most of my fashion pieces from charity shops and vintage stores, my wardrobe still isn’t all recycled. I’d say it’s about 85% ethical. Which of course I’m proud of but I always wanna do better if I can.

4 years ago, my wardrobe only consisted of fast fashion items. I started by just buying a few vintage pieces purely because I liked the style and love the idea of having a unique outfit.

Then as I started to grow my collection, I began reading about the negatives of fast fashion and how shopping more ethically can make a difference.

So then that was another thing inspiring me to buy more second hand clothes. I could look cute and be ethical.

Now it’s become a bit of a routine for me but if you’re wanting to make your wardrobe more ethically friendly, here’s 3 tips to get you started!

Limit yourself

If almost everything you own is from fast fashion brands, this is probably the best place to start. Set a limit of how many fast fashion items you can buy in a month.

The number you pick depends on how many things you buy regularly, I guess. But don’t feel guilty if you don’t manage to stick to it at first!! It’s a bigger change than you think.

Start with second hand

Whenever you need that new dress or top, don’t go straight to ASOS. There’s plenty of more ethical places you can look first!

Local charity shops, vintage stores and Depop are my go tos. Just search what you’re looking for and see if anything fits what you need before shopping high street.

If you don’t find anything at first, don’t worry! There is a bit of an art to charity shopping. Just making the effort to start shopping more ethically is great.

Recycle your clothes

It’s not just about buying clothes ethically, you can also have a more ethical wardrobe by getting rid of some of your clothes.

Every few months, take some items you don’t want anymore to a charity shop. You’re donating to good causes and keeping your wardrobe more ethically friendly by recycling clothes, instead of just dumping them.

I try and sell some of my items occasionally too. That way I’m helping others to shop more second hand if they like my items, and making a lil bit of money in the process. It’s literally all win win!

So there you go! Those are my 3 tips to help make your wardrobe more ethically friendly.

As I said before, it takes a very long time to get a completely recycled wardrobe. I’m still not there yet, but implementing these things into my life has helped me get to the point I’m at.

I hope they help you too! Every step, even tiny, towards a more ethical wardrobe is incredible!!