The fashion industry is one of the planet’s biggest polluters, but there are ways we can navigate our choices more mindfully.
Fashion is personal, but one thing we can all agree on is the need to purchase consciously. If you’re looking to make a change to the way you shop this year, you’re in the right place.
Here, we list five ways to improve your fashion footprint, as well as a commitment from each member of the Citizen Femme team as to how we’ll adapt our fashion habits this year. Read on for our style-savvy tips on living more sustainably.
1. SELL YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS (and buy pre-loved pieces)
2. RENT FASHION INSTEAD
The CF Team’s sustainable style resolutions:
SHEENA BHATTESSA, FOUNDER
I want to be more creative with my existing wardrobe by reusing old pieces. And when I do buy, it will be an investment in something I really want and that will last.
GEMMA LOUISE DEEKS, CONTRIBUTING FASHION EDITOR
I have a one-in, one-out rule, so if I’m buying something new – even if it’s second-hand – then I have to sell something else in my wardrobe. I also stopped buying fast fashion last year, and am only consuming quality pieces I will love for years to come.
LUCY HALFHEAD, CONTENT & PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR
I’m going to give clothes in perfect condition, but that I don’t wear anymore, a new lease of life by re-selling them on sites like Vestiaire Collective, Depop and Vinted.
BECKI MURRAY, CONTRIBUTING BEAUTY EDITOR
Inspired by a friend who only bought second-hand clothes for a year, I’m looking to Vestiaire Collective, Vinted and FarFetch Pre-Owned for my wardrobe this year.
KATIE SILCOX, DEPUTY EDITOR
I want to switch the way I think about investing in clothes. So often we (or at least, I) spend the big money on one-off pieces such as a dress for an event or a wedding, but I rarely seem to want to spend the same on my everyday pieces like jeans or casual summer dresses. This year I want to invest in the everyday pieces (and at the same time reuse the ‘one-offs’). By doing this I should – at some point – end up with a longer-lasting ‘basics’ wardrobe, one that will go beyond the 30 times benchmark.
ALEXANDRA CARELLO, PR DIRECTOR
Apparently, we should only buy five things a year, so I’m going to try to make a drastic commitment and not buy anything for at least six months. I’m going to shop in my own wardrobe, rent and borrow. I don’t need more, I just need to be more creative with what I have. Shopping in my mother’s wardrobe is always a good idea too, for newness that is actually vintage.
MORAG TURNER, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, CITIZEN ENFANTS
I need to unsubscribe from all the platforms that send me emails tempting me to buy things – I’d buy a lot less if retailers didn’t have my email address!
LUCREZIA MOTTA, EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Instead of throwing out my clothes and buying new ones, I’m going to have them repaired to give them a new lease of life.
Image credit: BY ROTATION