Are you one of those people who believe that ethical fashion is an unfathomable goal and can only be afforded by those who have an unreasonable amount of money to spend? Well, maybe you don’t need to invest $400 in a pure organic cotton t-shirt anymore. If you want to build an ethically conscious wardrobe on a budget, this guide has 5 quick and easy steps that would help you get there!
1. Analyse your current wardrobe
A key element of building an ethically conscious wardrobe is to have clothes that work well together. So start by identifying the contents of your wardrobe. Check if what you have actually complements your style and make a list of things that might be missing. This exercise will help you focus on those few main items and give you direction in building your new wardrobe.
2. Start following blogs on ethical fashion
Once you start following blogs on ethical fashion, you’ll realise that most of the research is already available to you. These blogs usually advocate trustworthy brands in addition to offering a listing or directory of brands that you can safely buy from. Also, if you follow some blogs regularly, you may get access to various giveaways, special offers and discount codes. Now that’s definitely good motivation, especially when you’re on a budget!
3. Focus on quality, not quantity
When shopping for clothing, choose items that promise to last for years. The quality of the clothing should be such that even when you give it away to charity or to someone needy, it isn’t thrown into the bin.
4. Upcycle or tailor your old, broken ethical pieces
Remember those nice pieces that are sitting there until they fit us or get fixed (we all have them!) Those pieces in your wardrobe could probably be given a new life (especially if they’re quality). Get that favourite dress or pair of pants to a dressmaker and see what their talent can do for you (plus you are also supporting a small local business!) A winter dress could become a top or summer dress. And those pants that you love but don’t quite fit could be easily solved. One of the worst things you can do is stop wearing something because it needs a new button or a quick stitch.
5. Buy from affordable ethical brands
There has been an upsurge in the number of affordable ethical clothing brands in the recent years. Try and look for your wardrobe essentials from brands like Love Nation, Mosov, ETIKO, No Nasties they are ethical, fair trade and have incredible prices.