At Encircled we believe that becoming a more conscious consumer is about progress over perfection. For every person, building a sustainable wardrobe can mean completely different things. It could mean forgoing fast fashion, buying less fast fashion, building a capsule wardrobe or even shopping consignment. Maybe you combine these depending on the season or your budget or just stick to one option.
Either way, when first beginning to build a kinder closet, deciding where to start can be overwhelming. For those of you who are in the midst of a shift to an ethical closet or those who have wanted to but had no idea where to start - we decided to ask a few bloggers who are seasoned conscious shoppers for what worked best for them. Read their tips on how to do more with less and be kinder to the world through your closet.
Start small and don’t try to overhaul your whole closet right away. Pick one section to focus on. Whether it’s your accessories, shoes, basics or activewear it’s best to begin with a defined starting point so you don’t get overwhelmed. From there, take it slow. Add thoughtfully and purposefully, always considering what you need and what you feel your best in. Keep a concise Wish List handy so you can refer back to it whenever you’re tempted to add something. Most importantly, have fun embracing a more thoughtful closet and enjoy the process of shopping responsibly!
—Lee from StyleBee
TRY A CAPSULE WARDROBE
A capsule wardrobe literally changed my life 3 years ago. Now that I use a capsule wardrobe, I spend less, love what I wear, have more confidence and have less stress in my life. Just be having your favorite clothes that you love to wear at your fingertips, you can put together outfits quickly. By having a capsule wardrobe, your closet becomes neat and tidy and you then feel great!
—Leanne From Classy Yet Trendy
Set aside the time to take inventory of what you already own, and bookmark the things you are considering purchasing. By laying everything out visually side by side either on a pinterest board (or on your bedroom floor!), it helps to piece it all together to know what will work in a capsule wardrobe.
—Anna From InHonorofDesign
SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE
One of my favourite ways to green up a closet is learning that less is more. Media is constantly pushing us to consume, but taking a step back and realising that we really don't need that many clothes can be life-changing. I'm learning this myself by creating a capsule wardrobe - there's something very liberating about the simplicity of having fewer options. Sound frustrating? Not when done properly. It's important to fill your capsule wardrobe with sustainably produced and versatile pieces, which is one of the reasons why I love Encircled. It makes mixing and matching so easy!
—Sabina from Girl vs. Globe
So there you have it, we hope these tips will help you in your process of being more mindful when you shop and allowing yourself to do more with less. Keep in mind that none of us are perfect and that shifting to a conscious closet will take some time so be patient! We would love to hear how you try to incorporate sustainability into your wardrobe - feel free to share your own tips with us!
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