Ethical Clothing Is the Only Way Forward

For ages, women have been associated with vanity. The urge to look beautiful at all times has also been capitalized by the ones who knew they could mint money out of it. Be it buying endless clothes because of the rapidly changing fashion or getting the makeup products which could otherwise pay the mortgage installment, we the women have been made to dwell on our insecurities that we have harbored for generations. This idea is so ingrained in our psychology that we would not even mind putting down our fellow sisters for not being up to a particular mark.

Probably, this is the reason despite having the cupboards overflowing with clothes we never have enough clothes to wear. Every time you leave the house for a movie date, you realize there is nothing to wear in the closet. This implies that everything overflowing from the nooks and corners of the poor Almira, with screeching racks, is basically useless. This also brings this point home that these clothes might not be worn in the future as well if those have been lying in your closet since the last world war.

 

Apart from the way the sales crash our mindset convincing us that buying new clothes during a particular discount period would help us saving money, we refuse to acknowledge the impact of our excessive fashion products on the environment.

Yes, you heard me right there.

This is why the concept of ethical clothing has now evolved. Protecting the environment is not only the role of the governments but all of us can also bring a change in one way or the other. Opting for ethical clothing not only impacts the environment but also helps you become a part of the socially responsible brands who do not involve in unethical practices like harming the wildlife, indigenous communities, and the workers,

Here are some tips for maintaining an ethical closet.

Value and take good care of the clothes you already own.

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If you already take good care of your clothes, handwash them, fold them gently instead of hanging in the closet, arrange them in a way that they are right in front of you, you would probably not have the inkling to buy more.

Only shop what you love

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All of us have been shopaholics at some point in our lives. Retail therapy is a term coined exactly for people to believe that buying brings pleasure. Many times we end up buying things we do not even like much. It is, therefore, important to go for the items that really attract you and you can’t let go of them.

Go for high-quality clothes

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Always prefer quality over quantity. This is also one tip of looking glamorous and chic at all times. It is always better to have one piece of clothing which is high quality and aesthetically pleasing than having a number of clothes which you bought only for the sake of variety and money.

Buy vintage when possible

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Vintage clothing is not only the new trend but also helps to minimize your impact on the planet. Why not buy a pre-loved item of superior quality at a lower price than just splurging over the contemporary items which neither look classy nor add value to the planet? These days there are many great vintage stores from where you can shop the most exquisite clothes, bags, and jewelry.

Support ethical brands

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Ethical brands are those which follow the ethics and not just make money by hook or by crook. Their production processes are ethical and many times the proceeds go to empower the communities and causes that support the stance. Some of these might cost a little more than fast fashion but the quality and cause are superior.

Here the point to be noted is that excessive shopping is not only associated with women but also with men these days. Capitalism has created shopping and buying as the only mean of comfort for people hence the concept of retail therapy has been introduced by the corporations over the years. Ethical clothing can be one way of beating this odd.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Saadia

    Thank you for this article. I agree with your view that helping the environment has already become a personal task, and us women can help through the purchases we make (or not). I also appreciate your tips for maintaining an ethical closet.

    I will go on to share this article to our social media followers so more people can read about the impact of their fashion choices to the environment and we can all move forward to support conscious consumerism.

    Peace

    Joyce
    Better World Apparel

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