The journey to buying better might seem hard at first. But there's not a single way to do it. It's all about taking steps that work for you. Although one common way to get started is to simply buy less. In no specific order, these five steps can help guide you in a good direction.
Discover your taste
When you're aware of your taste and preference, you're less likely to fall for the new trends. Less likely to rush into the closest fast fashion store to buy something you don't need.
Think about what you use the most, is it a specific colour, type of material or maybe the specific fit? By knowing things like this, it could help you become a more aware consumer.
Make planned purchases
By planning you're less likely to impulse-buy the newest trends. So before heading to the shop, check what you already own. Capsule wardrobes are a good way to stay in check.
It means when you buy something new, something else needs to go. Another way is to set a limit to how many items you can buy within a month or year.
Shop for timeless items
Opt for clothes that won't go out of style or look dated. A good way to build a timeless wardrobe is to invest in good basics and pay attention to fit and comfort.
Also do consider the colour, is it something you can see yourself in over and over again?
Find your favourite ethical brands
It matters where your money goes. So when you decide it's time to buy something new, there are many amazing ethical brands that you can choose to support. Brands that put people and the planet first. And if you're unsure if they're truly doing what they claim they do, ask the brand themselves.
The more we push for answers and progress, the harder it will be for brands to ignore it.
Consider renting your party outfit
We really need to stop contributing to the throwaway culture. So when you want a one-off item for a wedding or party, renting or borrowing is a great option.
If you can only see yourself wearing it a few times — renting could be a much better option.