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Love your clothes

The best way to love your wardrobe and make it more planet friendly is to keep wearing the clothes you have again and again. Simply wearing your clothes more means that you are reducing your emissions-per-wear—not to mention cost-per-wear too.

Did you know the majority of people wear only 20% of their wardrobes 80% of the time? Here are a few ideas for you to make the most out of your wardrobe:

Get organised

One of the biggest reasons we don’t wear all of our clothes is because we can’t see them and forget they are there. Organising your wardrobe and drawers by colour or item type (tops together, dresses together etc) is a great way to see everything you own in a way that means you can mix up how you normally wear your garments.

Emilie from our waste team does this and she says “being able to see all of my clothes together all at once means I wear so many more different outfits, I’d definitely recommend trying it out”

First in / last out

To push the boundaries and wear more than your few staple pieces of clothing try this first in / last out method.

Once you have worn a piece of clothing, replace it in the wardrobe with the hanger facing the opposite way to the others or put it at the far end and avoid choosing that item next time.

This is a great way of making the most of your wardrobe and pushing yourself into trying new outfit combinations. You never know, you may find your new favourite outfit this way!

Keep a note and help your future self

If you are often feeling uninspired by your wardrobe, keep a list of what you wear for you to refer to the next time inspiration is at a low. Taking photos in the mirror and saving to an album on your phone is a great visual way to get reinspired by your wardrobe but a good old fashioned list on the wardrobe door would do too!

Emilie from our waste team does this and she says “Keeping a visual log of my outfits is amazing when I’m feeling uninspired by my clothes. It’s like flipping through a magazine but with the ability to wear them all right now!”

Get a friend to style your clothes

Sometimes you can go “clothes blind” where you have looked at your outfits and clothing choices so many times you think there is nothing interesting left and you need to go out any buy something new. Having a friend over for an evening of styling is great fun but also brilliant for giving you a fresh take on your clothes. Sometimes all that’s needed is a fresh pair of eyes.

Simply ask a friend to come over for a fun evening of going through your wardrobe with you, ask them to match up some outfits for you to try and get cracking by trying them on – make sure to take photos to remind yourself of the outfits afterwards!

Get inspired and shop your own wardrobe

Flicking through magazines or social media pages of the latest seasonal trends would usually send most of us off on a trip to the shops, but why not have a try at recreating some of these current looks with clothes you already own?

They may not be exactly the same as those in the pictures, but it will be your own take on the style. You can feel great with the knowledge that you’re keeping on trend without making the planet pay too!

What are you waiting for?

If you find that your wardrobe has lots of clothes that you are “saving for best” or you think are too fancy to wear on a day-to-day basis, have a think about the last time you went to an event or occasion that warranted wearing it? Do you think you will go to another in the next few months? If the answer is no, what are you waiting for?

Have a go at styling “down” those dressy items for a more day to day look. That silk shirt you wear to work events, could you wear that with jeans for a relaxed weekend look? Or that suit blazer, could you throw that over a plain t-shirt and leggings for a smart day style? The opportunities are there for you to wear those “for best” clothes far more regularly, what are you waiting for?

Emilie from our waste team says “I have recently started doing this and have found some really lovely outfit combinations. I love to wear nice my long floaty dresses that I would usually save for holidays or weddings in the autumn with trainers and a chunky knit, I get so many more wears out of them!”

Page updated: 23/08/2022 Page updated by: Waste Management

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