If you are a follower of mine, you probably have the desire to finally become Yourself And Beyond, to improve your wardrobe, your way to consume and to be more responsible while still loving your style. Fast Fashion versus Sustainable Style, here we go.
You must think that you need to spend a lot to do this… but trust me, the biggest part is free and super duper refreshing! And at the end, you will probably save more money than you usually spend on your regular fast fashion style/wardrobe.
So here we are.
Step 1: The fasting process!
- Unsubscribe from the 100 emails you receive weekly. Oh girl you’re gonna feel incredibly light! Stop Revolve emails, H&M emails, get all the temptations away so you don’t have that constant “oh but I need this”.
- Pick the right magazines. Maybe go with Oprah magazine instead of ELLE for a while and stop following every single trend that doesn’t necessarily fit your lifestyle anyway.
- Replace shopping with an outdoor activity. Duh there are millions of things good for your soul than going to fill up your credit card with poorly made garments.
- The psychological closet. We tend to wear the same damn thing no matter what and 70% of our closet still remains “unworn”. During this fasting process, try to build a new outfit, get creative.
Step 2: Decide what you want to support.
There are many ways to become a better consumer and it can be overwhelming at first. So pick your battle. Here are a few ideas: 🙂
- 100% Handmade
- 100% organic cotton, linen, hemp
- Made with polyester from recycled plastic bottles
- Made locally
- Made by artisans in developing countries
- Made by an emerging designer or small brand
- Timeless and made to last
You won’t be able to get it all in at once and the sustainable designers usually pick one or two battles. Also some can be completely the opposite. If you prefer natural material such as cotton, wool, and natural dye clothing, you may not want to go with garments made from recycled plastic bottles, usually polyester. Get to know your favorite battles.
Here are mine to give you an idea:
- I’m a big second-hand, consignment, thrifter. That’s where I find my creativity, my style. That’s also where I get inspired to make my own collections.
- Upcycled fabrics, yes! This is what I do with my clothing line, reusing what is unwanted, leftover to make wonderful pieces. I love to see something getting transformed and renewed!
- Also, I love some timeless and made to last pieces (thinking of wool coats for example or solid and versatile shoes or jewelry).
Step 3: Closet o’clock.
- We go garment by garment and pull out what one day you bought because it surely was cute, hasn’t really been valuable since you wore it once. Poor quality, doesn’t feel right, nowhere to wear it and so on. Just trim it!
- Wait for the consignment shop to open again and go make some cash 🙂
Step 4: Shopping list.
Because you are fast fashion fasting, you’re gonna reuse a lot of things in your closet and you may realize some things are missing to complete several looks. Missing that nude pair of sandals, a purse that is not black and bulky but that you can use on your next vacation, but also running your errands and grocery shopping with it etc.
Step 5: The shopping itself!
And that’s where the new sustainable YOU appears! You are not going to run to the mall because truly you won’t find what you are looking for… There are a ton of other alternatives! I am working on a list of favorite brands you can go to, but for now, you can always ask me and we can do the work together! I am super friendly I promise and I like seeing the growth of you, becoming yourself and beyond. Also don’t forget to follow my Instagram @sustainableyourself, where I like to talk about my work, my collections and what other fantastic and creative people do.
WEDNESDAY BIZ INSPO!
I had to get this shirt (photo above) and here are the reasons why:
- The message: We are all connected. Each one of us shares our HUMANITY in common. We hope this shirt encourages each of us to recognize this fact, and act accordingly. It’s a perfect message in this social distancing lifestyle and it means a lot more than we think. This shirt is also the connection between me, the consumer, the persons who made it and the owner of Know Supply. This is a true connection.
- The artwork: yes I am also supporting the artist @chelseamichalart
- The compo: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton
- Made in India, I love to support my Indian people of course!
- Fair Trade Certified… duhh!
- I have a special signature of the person who made it!
If you want to make a difference in your wardrobe, don’t forget to check them out https://knownsupply.com/