Unfortunately, the average price of ethical and sustainable fashion is higher than fast fashion, because of the costs involved in producing the clothes. Paying garment workers a fair wage and sourcing sustainable materials comes at a higher price compared to the unethical and unsustainable alternatives. However, that doesn’t mean you have to only buy high priced brand-new sustainable pieces for your wardrobe, there are a range of options when it comes to shopping for sustainable fashion on a budget.
Here are our KEEPER Denim top 5 tips on how to build a sustainable wardrobe on a budget:
SECOND HAND FASHION
When you hear second hand you might think of op shops, which is a great option, however it can also include things such as swapping clothes with your friend too! This is a great alternative if both you and your friends are looking to update your wardrobes but don’t want to spend a lot of money.
DISCOVER NEW LOOKS IN YOUR WARDROBE
Check out our previous blog post on How to Fall Back in Love with Your Wardrobe to discover our tips on how to reinvent your wardrobe. It’s all about rediscovering pieces in your wardrobe that you might not have worn in a while or even mixing and matching your favourite pieces to create new looks that you’ve never worn before.
REPAIR YOUR OLD CLOTHES
When your clothes have signs of age from wash and wear, before you put them in the bin, consider whether it’s possible to repair them. If a small hole has appeared in one of your tops, repair it with a needle and thread. If a button has gone missing from a jacket, look to see if a spare was supplied when you purchased it and replace it. Making your clothes last is the most sustainable thing you can do.
PURCHASE HIGH QUALITY INVESTMENT PIECES
If it is within your budget to purchase new sustainable fashion, be sure to make well thought out purchases, of timeless pieces that won’t go out of style. It’s also important to consider that although fast fashion is cheaper, the pieces are made of low-quality fabric and won’t last more than a few seasons, meaning you will need to replace them.
Renting clothes has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. It’s a great alternative especially if you are looking for an outfit for a particular event that you probably won’t wear again or if you do it won’t be for a while.
I hope you found this blog post on how to build a sustainable wardrobe on a budget insightful. There are many options when you have a limited budget but still want to help and play your part on building a better future for the planet.