When I created my website, my very first article was on “Sustainable Fashion On a Budget”. Since then, my writing has improved, my website looks cooler, and more and more people have joined the sustainable fashion movement.
Still, over the years, “sustainable fashion on a budget” remains the theme I get questions about most.
Honestly, it is not surprising, especially in this economy where inflation is at an all-time high, and many are just trying to make ends meet. We all aim to be more conscious by spending the least amount possible.
So, I decided to rewrite my first blog post and provide more tips. Here is “Sustainable Fashion On a Budget: Improved Version”.
A Green Wardrobe: Budget Style
The misconception that sustainable fashion comes with a hefty price tag often discourages many from embracing this eco-conscious lifestyle. However, this is far from true. Here are seven tips for embracing sustainability in fashion on a budget.
The first step towards sustainable fashion on a budget is to adopt a mindset of mindful consumption. Instead of blindly following the fashion industry’s constant cycle of trends, consider investing in timeless items that can be mixed and matched. This approach allows you to create your own capsule wardrobe, filled with versatile, high-quality items that you genuinely love. In addition, you have the ability to create your own unique style that is not reliant on the ever-changing fashion trends. Not only does this save you money by avoiding the constant replacement of cheap, non-durable clothing, but it also reduces your environmental footprint.
And no, your capsule wardrobe does not have to be only neutral tones and black and white. Personally, I love to implement many different colors. For more information on a capsule wardrobe, read my blog post here.
Swap and Share
Recently, clothing swap events have been popping up everywhere. A clothing swap is an event where you bring the clothes you no longer want and trade them with others for their unwanted items. It is a fantastic way to change up your wardrobe without spending any money.
Organize a clothing swap with friends, or check your local community to see if there are any organized near you.
Rent for Special Occasions
For special events where you might need a specific outfit, consider renting instead of buying. Various platforms allow you to rent high-quality, designer items for a fraction of the retail price. In my blog post “Rent Your War To Sustainability,” I mention several. Opting to rent eliminates the necessity of buying a dress you will only wear once. Not only does it remove the strain on your wallet, it is also a more sustainable choice.
First things first, please do not do this with your new clothes. But, a fun approach to sustainable fashion is embracing your creativity and upcycling your clothes. For example, you can customize your thrift store finds so it fits better or even repurpose your old clothes to make something new. Whether it is adding patches or embroidery or transforming your old jeans into a new skirt, upcycling allows you to express your creativity while significantly extending the life of your garments.
Learning some basic sewing skills can be super beneficial for this tip, as it allows you to repair damages or even resize clothing.
Thrifting has never been more popular and for a good reason. Second-hand stores and online platforms offer many amazing, unique, affordable finds. Thrifting is especially nice when you have a certain trend that you like. Instead of buying it new, go to a thrift store or open the Vinted app to find it. Personally, I love to use Vinted to find cute heels or sneakers (no worries, a Vinted Guide will be posted soon).
By giving pre-loved items a second life, you contribute to the circular economy and reduce the demand for new production. It is an eco-friendly option, and it is so much fun.
Affordable Sustainable Fashion Brands
As sustainable fashion gains momentum, many brands are making efforts to produce eco-friendly clothing at accessible price points. Research and discover brands that align with your values and offer affordable, sustainable options. Keep an eye out for sales, discounts, and loyalty programs that can make these ethical choices even more budget-friendly.
When you have reached the end with your clothes and are certain you will not use them anymore, dispose of them responsibly. If the items are still in good condition and can be worn by others, consider giving them to friends, selling them online, or donating to charities. If the clothes cannot be used anymore, please recycle them properly to prevent them from ending in landfills.
Remember, sustainable fashion on a budget is about making conscious choices, embracing creativity, and being resourceful. By incorporating these tips into your fashion journey, you can build a wardrobe that reflects your values without compromising your financial goals.