5 new year's fashion resolutions
We’re just a few days into a new decade and though 2020 feels particularly refreshing, there are lessons to learn from the last few years that can be implemented in your fashion routine to make you feel better as well as helping the environment and communities. Big issues such as climate change, politics and the state of the fashion industry are still looming but there are little steps to make that can definitely make us care more about the world around us.
While expanding our closet and trying new trends were always the goal, we now go back to consume less and shop more consciously. This doesn’t mean you have to stop buying items that make you happy but doing so in a thoughtful way will make you feel even more fulfilled. Here we give you a couple of new year’s resolutions to guide you through the next decade.
Buy less but better
We probably all have enough garments in our closet to last us a lifetime but of course, every season brings new fashionable staples to refresh our wardrobe. What if this year you decided to invest only in a couple of high quality pieces that you love and keep forever? They will be more likely to pass the test of time and they will always look good and on-trend whichever the season. Buy more basics in neutral colors instead of trend driven staples that will fit you even as you grow older and that go with absolutely everything you already own or will buy in the future.
Think thoroughly before you buy a garment and invest in seasonless pieces that you can wear all year round. A pair of flared jeans can be worn in summer with a tank top just as with cowboy boots in winter. And finally, ask yourself if you will wear this floral dress at least 30 times in the next few years before you buy it and avoid buying only for an occasion.
Curate your wardrobe
Don’t wait until spring to give a good clean to your closet by giving away all the clothes you haven’t worn last year. You will then start the new decade with a fresh wardrobe that focus on classic and timeless pieces that you can wear on any occasion whether for work or for a dinner with friends. Start by organizing your wardrobe to give you a better overview of what you already have and the pieces that you still need to add to complete your looks. Then work by the rule of for every item purchased at least one you already have will be donated so that you keep a collection of core pieces that you really love. This will free space in your closet to be better organized and save you time when looking for this black top that will go perfectly with a pleated skirt.
Avoid the high street
We all know by now that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industries in the world and this is mainly due to fast fashion that churns out bad quality clothes to sell for little money. This year, try to stay away from the obvious brands and find local, independent labels carrying a meaningful ethos that is good for the planet and for the people making the clothes. There are so many interesting designers out there creating garments with a story which you will probably cherish for way longer than a 10 euros t-shirt. Buying one handmade dress from your local town is much more gratifying than purchasing ten on the high street that everyone around the world is also wearing. Take advantage of your travels in foreign countries to bring back local garments that will contribute to the economy and that make up great souvenirs for the years to come.
Recycle your clothes
Now that you’ve decided to separate yourself from a good chunk of your wardrobe, remember to give your old thrills to charities for people in need. Too many clothes end up in landfills while they could be reused to make new garments or simply given to people that can’t afford new ones. There are many ways to resell items that don’t fit you anymore but might make someone else happy. And if they are really too damaged, you can now give them away at several recycling points and in high street stores. Remember though that natural fabrics are easier to recycle than synthetics so from now on read the labels before buying a new piece to already think further down the line and give your clothes a second life.
Embrace outfit planning
As part of organizing your wardrobe, make a plan of the clothes you will wear in the week to avoid any unnecessary morning stress before going to work. Have a fail-safe outfit combination for days when you really have nothing to wear such as black high waisted trousers with a white shirt and block heel boots. But don’t be shy to try out different combinations and still discover new ways of wearing each of your items – fashion has to stay fun and playing with accessories is also a good way to refresh your look. This will then allow you to find your uniform that really fits you and in which you feel comfortable and chic at any time.