The Dummy’s Guide to Sustainable Fashion

What is fast fashion?

Fast fashion is the devil’s work. On one side, you have the cute clothes, the trends, the body positivity and on the other you have massive tons of waste (I’m talking 92 million tons of it every year), underpaid workers (let’s say 1 to 4 Canadian Dollars a day for 12 to 16 hours of work), huge releases of greenhouse gases and so much more. End of the line, fast fashion is a no no!

Sustainability in fashion

Now I agree that some brands like Shein, YesStyle, H&M and so one have really cute, trendy, stylish clothes for really cheap. And I also get that you don’t want to spend a large amount of money on things that you will wear probably only once. And that’s the problem, having a fashion style that is fast, hence the term fast fashion. But don’t worry: here are some solutions.

Slow Fashion vs. Fast Fashion – The Goodfound
Slow vs Fast

1) Timeless fashion: Buying essentials that look good every year

Let’s look at it this way: a study done by Dr Jennifer Baumgartner shows that 20% of your closet is worn 80% of the time. In other words, most of your clothes are rotting away in your closet. Those clothes most probably end up in landfills! The solution: buying fewer, all year round clothes. Clothes that look good for years to come and that are good quality. This erases the need to buy and throw out clothes in a cyclic fashion. Not only do you contribute to helping save the planet, but you save your money, your time spent on shopping and trying to put together the perfect outfit, and a huge amount of space in your closet. The minimalist, essential look and lifestyle is a big help when you’re trying to be sustainable!

Men’s Timeless fashion

Men’s timeless fashion:

  • Pair of denim jeans
  • Blouse or button up shirt
  • Shoes (basic ankle or oxford shoes)
  • A pair of sunglasses in the summer
  • Scarf for the chilly days
  • You do you!
  • https://youtu.be/OMDIUTFhR78 (extra tips)
30 Outfit Ideas for September 2021- PureWow

Women’s timeless fashion

  • A pair of skinny or loose fitting jeans or pants
  • A trench coat
  • Sweater or blouse
  • A small purse or backpack
  • Shoes or sandals
  • The options are limitless
  • https://youtu.be/TuPyVPdH814 (extra tips)

2) Shopping second hand: Giving a second home to new clothes, upcycling & Making your own clothes

  • One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Literally… so secondhand clothes are an option you should definitely consider!
    • Second hand apps such as Poshmark (not sponsored…unfortunately) are a great way to get rid of your clothes and make some cash on the side. Its also a good place to find good quality clothes for super cheap.
  • Upcycling: Make new clothes out of your old ones (all you need is a needle and thread)
  • Making your own clothes: From buying the fabric (recycled and sustainable of course) to sewing, making your own DIY clothes is not only much cheaper and sustainable, but also a blast to do!
    • Here’s a fun project: make your own trench coat (a wardrobe essential) during reading week (if you aren’t cramming for finals ;-;) https://youtu.be/Q2kthdm61pI
    • When choosing fabric try buying biodegradable, such as cotton, linen and hemp

3) Buying better quality that lasts longer

  1. Buying something that is pricier but will last longer is something to consider when buying sustainable clothes. Since most are made ethically, the prices are slightly more expensive. However, you not only pay the price for something that is ethically good, you end with a piece of clothing that is far better quality than anything in any fast fashion store and will last you for much longer.
  2. Many sustainable brands are much pricier but for the quality and cause, they end up being overall cheaper.

Brands

*None of these brands are sponsored (;-;)*

*all of this information is half facts, half opinion*

1) Girlfriend’s Collective:

https://girlfriend.com/

Social group, Youth, Fun, Leisure, Team, Photography, Vacation, Recreation, Style,
Girlfriend’s collective

Clothing and Vibes

  • Lululemon fans, this one’s for you
  • Sportswear (their leggings…absolute masterpiece)

Sustainability

  1. 100% recycled materials
  2. Materials mainly made out of used water bottles
  3. Created their own microplastic filter (it’s only 45$)
  4. Monitors its consumption
  5. Fairtrade
  6. I love love love (literally)

Price range

  • 25$ to 200$ (excluding some puffer jackets that are 400$)
  • The leggings are the same price (sometimes cheaper) than Lululemon’s

Rating

  • 4.7/5
    • Reasonable for the quality
    • Size inclusive (XS-6XXL)
    • Model variety
    • Only sell active wear (-0.3)

2) Everlane

https://www.everlane.com/

Clothing and Vibes

  • Casual outfits
Everlane
  • Good store for transition from fast fashion to sustainable fashion

Sustainability

  1. Use of recycled materials
  2. …that’s it

Price range

  • 25$ to 300$
  • Good shop to start off with your sustainable journey

Rating

  • 3.3/5
    • Claims to be ”radically transparent” about their sustainability but… there’s barely any information available
    • Not size inclusive
    • Limited use of sustainable materials
    • Basically, it’s a one time buy
    • Very good for beginners who are looking into getting sustainable clothing, so definitely check it out and form your own opinion.

Extras

Here’s another blog that goes over a complete review of Everlane and some of their best selling products:

3) Pact

https://wearpact.com/

Clothing and Vibes

Super Soft Organic Apparel | Wear PACT
Pact
  • Casual wear (mainly essentials and monochrome outfits)
  • Similar to Everlane’s clothing style choice

Sustainability

  1. Transparent with their production
  2. Recycled materials
  3. Fairtrade
  4. Carbon conscious shipping
  5. Reusable packaging

Price range

  • 25$ to 300$ (most ranging around 80$ to 200$)

Overall rating

  • 4.3/5
    • Its more on the expensive side
    • Kind of size inclusive (XS to 2XL)
    • Model variety is much more on the skinny side
    • Overall fairly good

4) Kotn

https://kotn.com/

Clothing and Vibes

  • Casual, cozy, activewear, shoes (you can find anything)
Kotn 'Thank You' Sale for Basics That Are Anything But | Well+Good
Kotn

Sustainability

Price range

  • 30$ to 300$

Overall Rating

  • 4.7/5
    • They have a wide variety of clothing and for good prices
    • Only make use of organic cotton (no other sustainable measures in place)
    • Size inclusive but not as much as Girlfriend’s Collective
    • By far the cheapest with a bigger variety to pick from

Overall Thoughts

Hopefully the ideas above have inspired you to take a critical look at your wardrobe… and revamp it in a sustainable way. Besides… the brands I’ve mentioned here are great ideas for holiday gifts!

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