Once you’ve found that perfect pair of heels or the best little black dress on Gumtree, the last thing you want is to fork out cash for something that will only last one season. With fast fashion being a large, growing industry today, we all find ourselves purchasing way more clothing and keeping them for a much shorter period. So how can we get more for our money and extend the life of our wardrobes? Here are a few pointers.
- Be mindful when you do a closet clear-out. Go through your clothing items one by one and decide whether they are worth keeping or not.
- Once finished, take a closer look at the ‘toss or donate’ pile. Were any of the items things that you bought and never wore? Did any items wear out super quickly? What materials were the clothes made out of that didn’t last long? Knowing what worked for you and what didn’t will help you make smarter clothing decisions in the future.
- Rent or borrow when you can. Do you really need a brand-new dress for your friend’s upcoming wedding when you know you will likely only wear it once?
- If you feel like you have nothing to wear, have a stylish friend come help you think and come up with new outfit ideas using the items you already have. Styling things in new ways you never thought of will make you feel like you have an whole new wardrobe.
- Extend the life of your clothes by listing them for sale on Gumtree. This way, someone else gets another few years use out of them, and you make a little cash!
- Before tossing anything, think hard about whether they are really ruined or whether they can be saved. Stains? Grab the best and most highly recommended stain remover on the market and give that a go first. Loose button? Sew it back on!
- Do some research on different clothing materials and do your part to take the best care of your items to ensure they last as long as possible.
- Do your best to shop quality over quantity. Does the fabric feel sturdy and good quality? Something may look pretty, but if it feels like it will break down after only a few wears, you are going to continue having a wardrobe that doesn’t last.