Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Sustainability series #1 - your wardrobe

This is the first post in a series focused on sustainability. In a world where we are becoming more conscious and aware of our impact on the planet, sustainability is something we can introduce into every aspect of our lives. One being our wardrobes! 

My style is very simple – I opt for neutrals, fairly classic and casual outfits (I fully support activewear all day every day, who’s with me?). However, this also leads me to not be super creative with my outfits. You know when you have a lot of clothes in your wardrobe, but you are always pairing the same items together? That’s me, every week, I wear my outfits over and over! If this is you, keep reading to find out what you can do.

Outfit details | top: Country Road, blazer: Asos, pants: lululemon, shoes: Novo

I truly believe that the minimalism and sustainability journey is a continuous one. If you’re joining us on this journey, our first step in the process is to assess our wardrobes!

I had style queen, photographer, activewear designer and all round boss babe Deejay, come over to help me with my wardrobe woes. I like to be quite minimal and felt my wardrobe was overflowing and needed Deejay’s help to cull some items that were no longer bringing me joy #konmari.

Deejay and I at the ANU Fashion and Beauty Society event earlier this year! 

Here are my main lessons from this wardrobe session!

Tip #1 | Be more adventurous with pairings

I wanted to learn what items I could pair together and having a second opinion really helps with that! Now, you don’t have to find a stylist to do this with you, you could call upon a trusted friend, partner or your Instagram community…  

Go through each item, or if you’re short on time, go through the items that you’re unsure of and see what you can pair it within your wardrobe. If you don’t love it (and won’t wear it), or can’t pair it with anything in your wardrobe, donate it!*

I thought this dress was too 'special' to wear to work as I'd worn it to weddings previously. I was challenged to wear it to work within two weeks! (Challenge accepted)

Outfit details | dress: Tokito

Do you have a jacket that you would only wear with a particular pair of jeans? Try it with another outfit! Or do you have a top that you bought, that you are unsure what to wear with? Test it out!! You won’t know until you try it on!

Tip #2 | Lose the categorisation

I learned that I can wear clothes to work that I had mentally assigned a ‘casual’ category to. I quite literally split my wardrobe up by workwear and casual wear… But in this age of sustainable living, this is not the way to go! We want to maximise usage of each item (thank you Deejay)!

I had categorised these pants as casual wear only and Deejay challenged me to wear them to work within the next two weeks! (Challenge accepted)

  Outfit details | top: Red Cross Shops, blazer: Decjuba, pants: Cloth, shoes: Bellini

Now, on the wellbeing side of things. First thing in the morning may not be the best time for all of us to sort through our wardrobes to find that perfect outfit. I would recommend spending a few minutes the night before, pairing items, trying them on if you need, and setting it to one side ready for you to put on the next morning!

By sorting this out the night before, you’re reducing the number of decisions you need to make the next morning, clearing your mind of some clutter and creating space for your mind to process other things.

Outfit details | dress, Tokito, blazer: Asos, shoes: Novo

Where can I donate to?

*On donations, there are broadly three types of donations that you can make.

Recycled - where the clothes are recycled and the fabric is used for another purpose.

Sold - the second is where the item is donated to an op shop and it is resold to other people, and those proceeds go to people in need. The Australian Red Cross is my go to – did you know that the Red Cross Shops turned unwanted clothing and household items into $5.4 million in the last 12 months, all this money goes to helping those in need through the various programs!

Donated - The third is where the item is donated to a charitable organisation and provided directly to someone in need.

Depending on where you live, you may have one, or all of these options. Make an assessment on what you intend to donate. General rule is.. if you wouldn’t gift it to a friend, don’t go for option two or three.

So happy that you’re joining me on this sustainability journey! Keep an eye out for the next post in this series. We will be chatting to some sustainability gurus and learning more about how we can continue to improve on this journey!

What do you want to learn more about? Let us know your sustainability tips!


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