Curating a socially conscious wardrobe with simple sustainable clothing can seem time-consuming at first. You have to research brands and their ethics, organize your closet, and wrestle with the guilt you might feel for taking so long to figure this out.
Whatever the reason for why you haven’t started, I am here to tell you that getting conscious about your wardrobe will save you time.
1. Getting Ready
It used to take me super long to get ready in the morning. I would stand in my closet with my towel wrapped around me staring at the open drawers. I might try on two or three options before deciding on the same shirt and pants combo I wore last week.
Having less clothes now means I can actually SEE what clothes I have. I already know what’s there, and what looks good together. Additionally, I can be more creative in my outfits because I can see everything in one glance.
Bonus: I have found that when I love what I have to wear, it’s much easier, faster, and pleasant to get dressed.
I have to admit that I was really panicked about this one at first. I really thought that I would do more laundry when I downsized my wardrobe. Maybe it sounds counter-intuitive, but of course I do LESS laundry since I have LESS clothing. I also wear my clothes several times before I wash them now too, since I want to not only be conscious of where I purchase my clothes, but also how I care for them. Plus, conserving water by not washing clothes that really aren’t dirty is a win for the environment too. Simple sustainable clothing AND less chores!
When I initially started my ethical fashion journey, I spent some time researching brands whenever I needed to buy something. I now have lots of “go to” brands that replaced my old mall brands. If I need a new pair of socks, I know exactly which 2 stores I will look at first.
However, and this is the big one, I shop WAY LESS. Being conscious of fashion ethics also means being conscious of habits. I no longer shop just for the sake of shopping or just because I have an event coming up. Building an intentional wardrobe means that I make sure I have pieces that work for multiple occasions so I never need to run out and grab something on a whim. This little bit of forethought saves me a TON of time and so much stress.
While you may spend some time initially sorting and organizing your closet or researching brands, the habits you change will save you lots of time in your daily and weekly routines. If the benefit to the environment or the people making your clothes isn’t enough, consider the significant impact conscious fashion can have on your personal life.
If you are looking for simple sustainable clothing and don’t know where to begin, I can help! Sign up now by clicking on the image below to receive your free closet inventory and get started on my step-by-step process to create your ethical wardrobe starting with the clothes you already have!