How To Build A Responsible Wardrobe?

By Claire, on 19.11.2021

In recent years, a new interest in reasoned and “slow” consumption has emerged , particularly in the ready-to-wear sector. Do you remember it? On April 24, 2013, the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh took with it the lives of thousands of people who worked in high risk conditions for international brands. With this drama, a global movement of unprecedented scale has emerged, that of Fashion Revolution Week . Each year during this period, the campaigns carried out make it possible to give a voice to each individual from the industry channels. The objective: to raise awareness of the major damage caused by globalization and “fast fashion”. To this day, the fashion industry remains one of the most polluting in the world. Our habits surveyed by a recent survey *, the French wear barely 40% of their clothes . There are many reasons for this: the garment is no longer the right size, to its liking, or defective, it was motivated by an attractive price and not by need, it is not compatible with other parts, occasions to dress it are rare or nonexistent, etc. In the wake of our past mistakes then stands the vision of a responsible wardrobe . On our shelves, clarity. Nothing too much, everything in measure. Idealization done, perhaps you already want to embark on an assumed sorting, to rethink everything. If this is the case, however, we invite you to take a break and continue reading these lines carefully. The reality of a responsible wardrobe reminds us that each item of clothing counts, it is advisable to proceed in stages ... Here are some ideas that could lead to lasting change in your life.

Use this process to take stock of your habits and your functioning.

A responsible and committed wardrobe, an ally of your personal development? It is possible and even highly recommended. Every day offers the possibility of learning more about oneself and yet, caught in the tornado, we do not think about it. Gather what you never wear, then indulge in this questioning:
  • What emotional background were you in when you bought this piece?
  • What was your motivation?
  • What were your doubts?
  • What is holding you back from wearing this garment?
Inadequate morphology, faded colors, unsuitable pace of life, emotional outbursts, repressed intuition: this honest and conscious analysis of missed purchases should have a lot to tell you. Take the time it takes. Your personal knowledge will be enriched, will allow you to buy better and to make substantial savings.

Understand the difference between "need" and "want".

This earlier scan has probably enlightened you - your mind as well as your dressing room. With time and experience, we understand that there are several categories of clothing: on the one hand, the essentials, which accompany us unconditionally throughout our days. They go with everything and we never tire of them. On the other hand, favorite purchases can give that touch of madness to the approval of outfits. Their particular appeal, whether fabric or color, made us envious. How much essentials and favorite purchases do you need? Be specific and then set your tolerance level.

Compose with what you already have ... Or not.

We tell ourselves that sorting allows us to make space, around us and in our overloaded mind ... Guilty, we ask ourselves: could we not make an effort to simply carry these textile castaways? As we have understood, "the best waste is that which is not produced". Even if you decide to give, to recycle, allowing them to have a new life is your decision. Your conscious decision. The journey to your responsible wardrobe has only just begun. Forging a new link with this theme, whether it is about our past or future decisions, should encourage us towards accountability. Let’s stop the guilt that doesn’t help anyone, and tackle this subject with accuracy and resilience. * German moving company Movinga, 2018

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