When you got garments coming undone or gone out of fashion, it is so easy to buy new clothes in the fast fashion world. But there is life beyond and you can bet for slow fashion. Hereunder, we propose you 4 economic alternatives to renovate your wardrobe in a sustainable way… Shall we start?
1. CUSTOMIZED TAILORING
Turning to a professional dressmaker who mends your clothes maybe is not affordable for everyone. That is why to know some basic techniques of sewing is so useful, as we told you before in this post: “9 reasons for learning to sew your own clothes”. But if you are not really convinced, think that you can customize your garments in a creative and unique way. A patch can become a piece of art. To give visibility to your clothes mending is a great challenge. It is a fashion statement and a symbol of exclusivity for your wardrobe.
2. BECOME AN UPCYCLING LOVER
To create a new garment from an old one is one of the distinctive essentials in IREMA Slow Fashion. We love to give clothes, scraps or fabrics a second life. In “Why to love the art of upcycling” we told you more things about this amazing practice, but we never get tired of remembering some advantages of upcycling, such as:
- You can wear clothes with a timeless a unique style, without the need of following tends and fashions. Besides, your garments will be bespoke and the way you want it.
- You revalue the garment and extend its useful life, providing added value.
- You practice sustainability. There is nothing more sustainable than something that doesn’t exist.
- You don’t have to make big changes, it is enough with shortening the sleeves of an old shirt, for example.
3. GO TO A CLOTHING SWAP PARTY
What is a clothing swap party? Maybe you are asking yourself that. Well, it is the typical exchanging of clothes -who has never exchanged a garment with a friend? -but raised to another level. In a party with a lot of people, and more people means more clothes to exchange. You can reunite with your friends or you can find a swap party on Internet. Join the collaborative consume, believe us, you won’t regret!
4. JOIN A FASHION LIBRARY
If you go to a fashion library, you will find clothes instead of books. It is a very extended practice in Finland (Rent in shop) and Holland (Lena). You can rent garments and renovate your look whenever you want, but in an ethical way. In addition, theses spaces are often showrooms for local designers to show their talent. What do you think? Interesting, isn’t?
And that is all for now… As you can see, to get a sustainable wardrobe is easier than you could think a priori. Tell us, what idea do you prefer? What are you going to start with? 😉