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December 2019 News

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Save money and be more sustainable with your clothing choices

I'm sure like us you've been concerned by all the articles in the media about the impact of the fast fashion industry on the health of our planet, with tons of hardly worn clothing going into landfill every year. It is overwhelming and feels like it is out of our hands, however, there are things we can do to help. This blog has some information and ideas about things you can do to make the most of what you already own. Get ready to go shopping in your wardrobe!

Where to start

A good place to start is to go through each item in your wardrobe and ask yourself when you last wore it. If it was recently and it made you feel fantastic, then great. If it was some time ago, then ask yourself why and consider what you do with it from now on. There are lots of options, but make sure you check that it is your colour and style before you go on. Remember your right colours and style will not only make you look fabulous but will also mean clothes go with each other, enabling you to create a versatile capsule wardrobe. Here are some ideas of what to do with clothes that aren't quite working for you and earning their keep in your wardrobe.

Re-discover older items and bring them back into your life

When going through your wardrobe you may find some items that you haven't worn for a while because they haven't been on trend for some time. But maybe they're back! Trousers, for example have seen a complete style turn around this season, with the return of the straight leg, wide leg, flares (yep, we know!) high rise and paper bag waisted tops. Check out your accessories too - look out for any western-inspired boots and belts that may be lurking, as well as scrunchies and barrettes for your hair.

Re-design an item and give it a make-over

It may be an item in your wardrobe just needs a quick repair for you to start wearing it again. Make a priority of getting these sorted - a hem or a button won't take long and will save you repurchasing something similar.

Some items may need more of a tweak or re-design for you to fall in love with them again. It may be you wore it and it was missing something or there was something that made it annoying to wear. Consider having lengths or necklines changed, shortening sleeves or adding pockets, changing a dress into a tunic or top or adding some on-trend embellishments or accessories to make it work for you now.

Also consider how you can wear items differently by mixing and matching them with items from other areas of your wardrobe. Try adding chunkier knitwear, tights and boots to a summer floral dress and wear it throughout the winter too.

If an item you love has faded a little or is not quite the right colour for your season, then you may wish to consider dyeing it to bring it a new lease of life. There are lots of available products on the market. Remember to read the manufacturer's instructions regarding use and types of fabric - there are also plenty of people doing this successfully and sharing their results on our Facebook Community: Colour Zone, if you would like some advice and ideas.


Re-sell and recycle items you no longer need

If you cannot personally find a use for an item, then find someone who can. Dress agencies and re-selling websites will bring you in some extra cash and donations to charity shops will make sure your unwanted items find a new home. This will also make it less likely that the next buyer will purchase something new.

Your consultant can help

If you would like help with shopping in your wardrobe, why not book a wardrobe review with your consultant. They can help you bring back to life some items you have not worn recently and discover outfits you didn't know you had.