How to break up with fast fashion: Tip #2, Wardrobe clear-out

In the process of breaking up with fast fashion, you will begin to fall in love with your wardrobe and each item within it should be cherished and loved.

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Fast fashion is bad news for our planet, our wallet & our wellbeing. The overproduction of clothing, 52 seasons a year, and throwaway culture are not sustainable. Our shopping habits need to change for the planet and the wellbeing of workers within the industry. In this series of posts, we offer our tips for your own Fast Fashion Break Up.

In the process of breaking up with fast fashion, you will begin to fall in love with your wardrobe and each item within it should be cherished and loved.

A big step in your fast fashion break up is to take a look at your wardrobe and have a once and for all clear-out.

This is the time to be brutal. Find the items that you love and bag the rest up.

The biggest tip to do this in the most effective way is to not worry about the items you are discarding, this is not a permanent choice, you can go back on this decision. Also, only pick the items that you absolutely love wearing, the ones that make you feel great. Don’t worry about putting outfits together at this stage, just find the items you love. Whatever is left, put in bags and leave in a cupboard for 1-6 months. During this time, if you remember something that is in the bags, take it out and wear it. If you love it, keep it out. If you don’t, back in the bags it goes.

After the 1-6 months, now is the time for all the items remaining in those bags to GO! Do not change your mind on any item… these items have remained in the bags for over two seasons and you do not need them.

Sort the remaining items into three catagories:

  1. Rags that can be recycled
  2. Items that can be sold on ebay/vinted/shpock/depop
  3. Charity shop donations

Now, you should have a wardrobe full of items you love. The next tip is to identify outfits from your wardrobe and fill the gaps.

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