Starting a conscious closet can be overwhelming! Where do you start? Is it affordable? Yes, it can be! And here are a few ideas on where to start!
1) Repurpose Garments
Repurposing is a creative way to turn something old into something new. There are so many ideas on how to repurpose clothes online! I've joined Facebook groups and discovered YouTube videos dedicated to up-cycling old garments, home goods, and more. You'll find inspiration and motivated to get crafty. A few facebook groups to get started are Up-Cycled Cloth Collective, Make It New: Upcycle, Repurpose and DIY Ideas for Sharing and Inspiring, andClothing upcycle and restyle.
As far as videos, a few channels I follow on Facebook are Craft Factory and 5-Minute Crafts GIRLY. These groups aren't exclusive to up-cycling, but the occasionally throw out some good ideas showing you how to repurpose. But seriously just YouTube "Upcycle Clothing" and you will see so many ideas! So go and get your craft on! This is also a great excuse to throw a party, haha host a repurposing party and invite your friends over for some arts & crafts.
2) Shop secondhand
There are so many secondhand stores that provide great options for starting your conscious closet. A lot of times you can ever find new pieces that still have the tags on them. Secondhand stores are an affordable way to ease into conscious consumerism. So hit up your local Goodwill today!
3) There are some affordable ethical fashion brands.
Yes, believe it or not there are some affordable ethical clothing brands. I think there is a big misconception that ethical fashion has to be more expensive, but I don't think that's always the case. I think it's about knowing HOW to shop it. Check out my post 7 Ethical Brands College Students Will Love & Can Actually Afford. I think it provides some great brands for ethical clothing brands for anyone looking for budget friendly options! Also, follow ethical fashion bloggers they post discount codes ALL the time! I literally have a page dedicated to discounts here.
4) Appreciating what you have
Guess what! This one is totally FREE! I think a big part of conscious consumerism is learning to value what you have. Everything in my closet has a purpose whether it makes me feel confident, empowers others, or gives back. So much of fast fashion has to do with impulse buying and not reflecting on the value items bring to us....because news flash there are a lot of items that do not bring meaningful value into our life. Appreciate what you have and remember the meaningful values of your current garments when considering purchasing something new.
5) Host a Swap Party!
Swap parties are SO much fun! Invite your friends over and have them bring their unwanted garments. Sort the garments by size or style and for each garment a person brought, they get to take one home. Open a bottle of wine and let the swapping begin. This is a FREE way for you to score some new clothes, prevent unwanted clothes from ending up in the landfill, and clear unwanted garments out of your closet.