Sustainable Fashion: How To Upcycle Your Wardrobe

Sustainable Fashion: How To Upcycle Your Wardrobe

In these times of economic crisis, it’s no surprise that people are trying to be as creative as possible when it comes to finding new ways to save money while fulfilling their needs and wants. Whether we are talking about things like Food – Perishable & Non-Perishable or Clothing – Thrifted & Store Bought, the truth is there are plenty of ways to make sure nothing goes to waste when you are done using them. So, let’s take a look at some of the many ways that you can turn your wardrobe into the perfect example of sustainability when it comes to updating your fashion and upcycling your old looks.

Not so long ago many people used to be able to purchase out-of-style looks to create new styles thanks to reselling platforms like Vinted and Etsy, but the reality is that now that vintage clothing has become part of the current fashion the prices have become quite unmanageable. This is why before even thinking of modifying pieces you might be able to look at the old clothes you have in any wardrobe and simply understand better what you have. I think I understand part of what makes an outfit a great outfit is not so much the parts as it is the sum of all the parts you are using to create the outfit as a whole. This is why for example an outfit that might be outdated might have pieces like a t-shirt or a pair of pants that might be able to create something new yet trendy with newer clothes.

There is of course also the other case where some pieces are simply unredeemable as some fashions have gone out of style for a good reason. So, what do you do with a T-shirt or a skirt that is simply hideous and out of style? If you’ve asked your grandmother or your mother, you might get the answer that you should simply make dishrags with them but the reality is that if you have a little bit of talent when it comes to suing you might be able to look at patterns online that will allow you to re-utilize the material to create something new. There is something very cottage core to making your clothes with older clothes that you could have simply thrown away. There is a whole aesthetic around re-utilizing older clothes to create new outfits like that so you can find good patterns in good ideas online for example on Pinterest or Reddit to create stylish looks.

One of the great ways to upcycle that is not often discussed is trading. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and the same goes for clothing. There are many fashion forums online that will allow you to talk with other fashion heads who might have ideas for pieces that you’ve grown tired of, and they might also have something that you could use or at the very least try to create something with. Allowing your clothing to get a second life while also allowing you to get something new in your wardrobe is a win-win situation. Not only is it environmentally friendly but it might allow you to make friends with similar predicaments and interests when it comes to fashion.

When we talk about upcycling clothes there is one solution that is a given and that is to bring your clothes to operations like the Salvation Army or local thrift shops that will allow people with less means to be able to purchase clothes. It’s important to understand that no other real bad things happen there is always someone out there who was it worse and could cherish clothes that you’re not using anymore. If you spend any time around trip stores you might notice that there are clothing pieces that you might like and adding things from your wardrobe that you don’t want anymore can be beneficial to somebody else in the long run. When it comes to upcycling you will notice that there is a lot that comes down to working within a community whether it is a fashion forum or simply your local community. After all, fashion is an art, and sharing it with others might be a great way to bring some joy as well as great styles in your life.


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