Curating a socially conscious wardrobe can seem time-consuming at first. You have to research brands and their ethics. Perhaps organize your closet and purge items. Plus, changing a habit just takes time and mental energy. Maybe you feel guilty for taking this long to figure out that most clothing companies are not paying their employees fair wages. Maybe it’s hard to swallow the upfront cost that can sometimes accompany ethically made clothing.
Whatever the reason for why you’re skeptical about ethical fashion, I am here to tell you that in the long run getting conscious about your wardrobe will save you time.
1. Getting Ready
I can’t tell you how long it used to take me to get ready in the morning. I would stand in my closet with my towel wrapped around me staring at the stuff hanging or the open drawer. I might try on two or three options before deciding on the same shirt and pants combo I wore last week, and probably every other week before that. Having less clothes now means I can actually SEE what clothes I have. I don’t have to spend time staring at the clothes or sifting through the drawers because I already know what’s there, and what looks good together. Additionally, I can be more creative in my outfit combinations because I can see everything in one glance. And this is really just a side benefit related to time savings, but I have found that when I love what I have to wear, it’s much easier and 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.
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 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!