I started my responsible (ethical, sustainable, conscious) fashion journey in February 2017. It has been one year since I’ve made that decision and I’m so happy I did. I started my journey by evaluating my closet and realizing I had way too many clothing items that I rarely wore. Do you know the IKEA clothing rack that is $12.99? I had two of these clothing racks filled, clothes in an actual closet and a full 3-drawer dresser. No one needs this many clothes. I went through about 3 purges of donating/selling my clothes. My favourite way to sell my clothes is through consignment. I think last year I made around $250 from selling my clothes through consignment, and anything they didn’t take I donated. I now have one IKEA $12.99 rack and a 3-drawer dresser.
After my clothing purges I went on a shopping fast, and researched new ways to buy clothes so I wouldn’t be part of the fast-fashion problem. You can go to this post all about Responsible Fashion Brands to see where I now shop. Once I researched brands I went back to my closet and thought, “What do I really need? Are there any basic pieces missing or Do I need to replace anything?” I made a list on Google Sheets of the items I wanted to eventually purchase or replace in my closet.
The Google Sheet I made last year is still in use. I now use it to track my clothing purchases. It’s a great way to see how much I’ve spent but, it’s also like an inventory log of all my clothes. I eventually want my whole closet to be filled with responsible fashion in forms of new ethical/sustainable basics and/or thrifted trendy pieces.
In 2017 I spent around $1300 on clothing. This is much less than I’ve spent on clothing in the past. I used to work in retail surrounded by clothes, so I used to spend double or more of what I spent last year. I’m actually investing in well made clothes that will last, and are not cheaply made fast-fashion. So I now prefer value over cost.
Here’s a list of the clothing I purchased last year with the prices (what I paid, not necessarily the retail value). Some of the clothing items are listed at $0 because I was an intern for one of the brands, received product or discounts for blog/social media promotion, received the product as a birthday/Christmas gift from family or simply used a coupon code.
Always follow ethical brands on social media for two reasons, supporting a great cause/change in the fashion industry and savings! Sometimes brands will post coupon codes for certain holidays and events. Another great way to save on ethical fashion is to sign up for email lists and get a coupon code for your first purchase!
The Ethical 2017 Purchases:
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Peace and Love,