How to Become a More Conscious Shopper
If you watched Stacey Dooley’s documentary called Fashion’s Dirty Secrets, you will have felt a pang of guilt when thinking about your own buying and shopping habits.
As a Personal Stylist with an online store as well as an avid shopper, I wanted to share my tips on how I’m making an effort to be a more conscious shopper and hopefully by sharing my tips, this may encourage others to do the same!
What was particularly interesting in the documentary was that the high-street brands you would think you could trust in terms of creating conscious collections refused to comment, which is very eye opening.
But what we can do as customers, influencers or whatever we want to call ourselves is make an effort to re-use, re-wear and re-purpose our clothing so there’s less wastage, which will in turn have a positive impact on the environment.
Here are my top tips for being a more conscious shopper:
Re-sell your clothes that no longer fit or you no longer wear each season. The best selling sites are eBay and Depop and if you’re selling luxury items, Vestiare Collective. I recommend a wardrobe detox at least every few months and if you’d like to see how my Wardrobe Detox service works, you can take a look here. Clearing out your wardrobe can be so therapeutic and styles can then be donated to charity too!
Never completely throw your clothes away in the bin, make sure you recycle in recycling bins, take less worn styles to your local charity shop and look out for high-street retailers who may have campaigns running, where they are taking donations. Marks & Spencer and H&M often run schemes like this.
Invest in items that you know are versatile and you will wear time and time again. On my online store, I only buy in styles that I know my customers will be able to use to create many different looks and it’s the best way to create a capsule wardrobe.
Pin point your personal style to ensure you are only buying styles you feel your best in as this will reduce wastage and stop you from buying styles you will simply never wear. If you need some help with finding your individual style, why not consider my Personal Shopping Service.
Look out for brands who have a more sustainable or conscious range to offer and also consider buying from independent boutiques and online stores as they are likely to be more conscious as they are not businesses based on huge manufacturing volumes!
I hope these tips have been helpful and if you have any questions on this, feel free to get in touch here!