Instead of Fast Fashion Try This
In case you want to avoid fast fashion but can't afford to sort out and buy new clothes, these tips might help you to have a much more sustainable approach to clothing choices.
Start with the basics
Yes, a second-hand shop is not an H&M. Not everything is available in 400 sizes and colours, and not everything is super pretty either. In any case, you should not be put off by the amount of less attractive clothes when entering, but first, allow yourself a few minutes to get used to it.
Basics such as tops, t-shirts and long shirts are ideal for getting started in fair fashion. This category is one of the cheaper; basics can be worn all year round and the least you can do wrong in general.
Inventory & identify favourites
Do you actually know what's in your closet? Most of us simply have so much that they are overwhelmed every day and feel like they have nothing to wear. Taking an inventory combined with mucking out is a significant step forward, even if you don't fill a wardrobe out. From the existing, you can usually identify favourite parts that can be combined in a completely new way.
Sell old & buy used
If you want to part with something, you can sell the parts, for example, using second-hand marketplaces. Other people are probably still happy about clothes that you no longer want to wear. The other way around, you can also think about buying a second-hand when buying something new - because wearing something exceptionally long is more sustainable than buying it (including fair fashion).
Check second-hand stores for style, patterns, and materials before you worry about fit and cut. You may find a dress made of high-quality material with a design that fits your style exactly, but it's a little too wide. Or the pants that fit great are a bit too long on the leg.
By not buying the clothing at the new price, you have a buffer for any changes that may be necessary, so that you can have the clothing tailored perfectly to your body. As a rule, changes to the tailor only cost between five and 20 dollars depending on the effort. You can also make minor adjustments yourself with a little skill. You can find tutorials on YouTube about how to shorten pants or sew a skirt more tightly.
Don't just throw away fast fashion
If you now think that you should dispose of clothing from large fashion chains as soon as possible, you are wrong. Because the products are already produced. Not everything can be changed overnight. Instead, it's a process of several years. If you deal with the topic and question your (fashion) eco-consumption, that's half the battle.
Inform yourself about materials
What are your requirements for materials and comfort? Do you want to wear vegan fashion? Should things be as breathable as possible? Get an overview of the materials used, because there are creative approaches in the fair fashion world. In addition to organic cotton and wool, there is, for example, Tencel, which is made from wood or yarn made from recycled plastic. The latter is usually resistant but also ensures faster sweat production. In contrast, the natural material organic linen is particularly breathable.
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