How to get more out of your wardrobe and grow it for free! | Sustainable Fashion Series

Sunday, 17 March 2019



How to make the most of your wardrobe


This is part three of my sustainable fashion series. If you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series, the first one was an easy guide to sustainable fashion which you can read here and in the second one, I shared a few easy tips you can use to care for your clothes and make them last longer. You can read that here.

In this weeks post, I wanted to share some ways you can get more from your wardrobe and even grow it without spending any money on new clothes!


Lay everything out to help you find new combinations

My first tip is to get all your clothes out of your wardrobe and look at all of your pieces. This will help you see clearly what you're working with. I also find this useful when it comes to the clothes in my draws since when they’re all just sat in the drawer it can be difficult to see what you’ve actually got. 

Next choose a piece of clothing, for example, a top that you really like and go through all your bottoms including skirts and see which pieces work well together. This is a great way to find new combinations. Don’t forget to try them with different accessories too! Then have a mini fashion show and try all the outfits on. Don't forget to take a picture of each look and save them in a folder on your phone!


Use an app to organise your clothes and make mood boards

Whilst you have everything out of your wardrobe now would be a great time to take a picture of each of your pieces to upload into an app like Snupps or Stylebook. These are both great apps to organise your wardrobe with. I've recently just started using Stylebook and I love it! On the Stylebook app, you can also create outfit mood boards which are great when it comes to outfit planning and for when you want to experiment with combinations without having to actually go in your wardrobe, plus you get to feel like Cher in the opening scene of Clueless! 




Try out some styling hacks

The way you style something can completely change how it looks and I’m not just talking about what you pair it with. There are so many styling hacks you can use to make a piece of clothing look different every time you wear it. For example, a button up blouse can also be worn off the shoulders has a Bardot top or you tie it up and wear it as a crop. Get creative with it and try to think outside the box. You can also go on youtube and search 'styling hacks' for some inspiration. 

The accessories you choose can also really change an outfit. I used accessories to change the vibe of the outfit I styled for this post. Heeled ankle boots and a crossbody bag dress it up more whereas Vans and a backpack give it more of a casual vibe.

Start using the 'first in last out' rule

Using the ‘first in, last out’ system is a really great hack I found. Apparently, most people tend to wear only 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time which is something I can definitely relate too. Although I think for me it’s probably more like 10% of my wardrobe 90% of the time, haha. Anyone else feel like that? 

A first in, last out system basically means that once you’ve worn a piece it goes into one end of your wardrobe and the next time you’re picking an outfit you choose pieces from the opposite end. It’s almost like a conveyor belt or a queue and means that you work your way through wearing all the pieces in your wardrobe instead of just a small selection.





Rework some of your pieces

Another great way to make the most of the clothes you’ve already got is to rework them! A good example of reworking a piece is taking a pair of jeans that look a bit worse for wear and cutting them into shorts. Although there are so many other ways pieces can be reworked. There's an Instagram boutique called Sik Gal who have loads of reworked designer pieces which you can get inspiration from.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips on making the most of your wardrobe and I hope that the next time you’re picking your outfit you feel a bit more inspired rather than feeling like you have nothing to wear!


Let me know in the comments how much of your wardrobe you think you actually wear because I’m interested to know and also if you have any tips for getting more out of your wardrobe you can leave those in the comments too, I’d love to hear them!





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How to Make Your Clothes Last Longer - The Easy Guide to Caring for Your Clothes | Sustainable Fashion 101

Wednesday, 27 February 2019







This is the second post in my sustainable fashion series and this week we're going to talk about caring for your clothes to keep them looking brand new for longer. Caring for your clothes properly is so important to help ensure your clothes stand the test of time.





1. Use a fabric shaver.


By far the best thing I've invested in when it comes caring for my clothes is my debobbler (I don't think that's its proper name but that's what I always call it). This has singlehandedly saved so many of my clothes and made them wearable again. I have a white bodysuit from Missguided which I love but had to stop wearing because it got too bobbled and the bobbles were really noticeable on the white fabric, I used my debobbler on it and now it looks brand new again! This is the one I bought which is the Phillips fabric shaver from Amazon and it was only £13.29. I highly recommend getting one since it's been such lifesaver.



2. Start steaming.

Something else I recently purchased was a steamer. I hate ironing (anyone else?) so I love my steamer for getting rid of creases. It's so much quicker and more convenient to use than an iron and makes my clothes crease free. I've been using the Dodocool portable garment steamer from Amazon which is £18.99.







3. Read your labels! 


This might sound a bit obvious but its so important to read the wash label in your clothes so they don't get damaged. It's important to check the temperature an item should be washed at and whether the item needs to be hand-washed or dry cleaned. More delicate items such as blouses and jumpers should be washed on a delicate setting. Also, don't mix your colours! You can also pin the laundry symbol guide from above on Pinterest, it came from a post from One Good Thing which explains more about wash labels. You can read the post here.



4. Don't over wash your clothes. 

You don't need to wash all your items after only one use, in fact over washing certain items can damage them, wool and denim items should be washed as little as possible to avoid damage so try not to wash them unless they really need it. Jeans can also be put in a ziplock bag in the freezer overnight to kill germs instead of washing them. I haven't tried this yet but apparently it really helps to preserve your denim.



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5. Be careful when storing them.


The way you store your clothes can also lengthen their life span. I like to hang items that are more delicate and that can crease easily up in my wardrobe. When it comes to my chest of drawers I've recently started folding my items using the KonMari method of folding. This method prevents creases, allows me to fit more items in each drawer and I can see everything. The diagram above shows how to fold a top using this method, you can read more in this post from Juju Sprinkles. I first heard of this method in this video from Lucy Jessica Carter which I recommend you give a watch.



Do you have any clothing care tips? Have you tried a debobbler before? Let me know in the comments.




Sustainable Fashion 101 | A Beginners Guide to Sustainable Fashion

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

It's time to change the way we shop!


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Something I saw a lot of people talking about last year was sustainable fashion. One of my resolutions this year is to be more intentional with my spending and aware of how my purchases are affecting the environment. Over the last few weeks, I have been researching sustainable fashion, which has lead me to write this blog post.

We live in a time where the world is at our fingertips, we have so many retailers that we can access from our phones which makes it all too easy to online shop. This coupled with next day delivery means our consumption has lead to the fashion industry producing over 100 billion new garments per year. We’ve all been there when you’ve got a night out coming up and need a new outfit, it’s so easy to just go on a clothing app the evening before and place an order. Often your new outfit is delivered the next morning barely 12 hours from when you placed the order.

But has amazing as all of this is it’s not sustainable. The garment industry has become the second biggest polluter in the world, which is crazy to think about. I would never have realised this before doing my research.


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How is the garment industry polluting the environment?


I’m going to try and keep this brief because there are so many ways the environments being affected! 
Here are a few facts I found: 

* Cotton production requires a large amount of water and pesticides, both of which are bad for the environment. 

* The world's 8th largest supplier of cotton is Kazakhstan and due to this, the Aral Sea is drying up. Which has made the local climate hotter, affected locals health and reduced the number of jobs in the area. The picture below shows the Aral sea in 1989 (left) and in 2014 (right).




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* 300,000 tonnes of clothes are dumped in landfill each year.

* Microfibres being washed out of synthetic fabrics contributes to the build of plastic in rivers and oceans.

* In some parts of the world factories are dumping chemicals into rivers which has lead to a lack of clean drinking water for locals and if changes aren’t made could also eventually affect us in the UK.




All of these facts came from a documentary I watched has part of my research, which was Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashions Dirty Secrets, I definitely recommend you watch the documentary if you want to learn more (you can watch it here) it’s mind-blowing to see how much of an impact our purchases are actually having on the environment.

All of this means we need to change our spending habits and our approach to consuming clothes.





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So what can we do to make difference?


There are so many things we can all do to minimise the impact on the environment and they’re all really easy to start implementing in your life.
    * Shop less, buy better. - Reducing the number of clothes we buy, and when we do shop, buying higher quality clothes that will stand the test of time can make a big difference and can also help decrease the number of clothes that end up in landfill.
    * Be more selective with who we purchase from. - Being more mindful of the companies we buy from is so important. Which means buying from less fast fashion brands and more sustainable fashion brands. Unfortunately, many of the popular clothing websites fall into the fast fashion category. To find out how sustainable your favourite clothing sites are and to discover more sustainable clothing sites, you can use the Good On You app (it also tells you how ethical a brand is). I’ve been using the app myself and it’s definitely come in handy. You can get the app here.
    * Buy less fast fashion and more timeless pieces that won’t go out of style. Similar to buying high-quality pieces this will reduce the number of clothes leaving your wardrobe.
    * Don’t worry about trends - I feel like this needs to be said, you don’t have to buy into every trend just because it’s in style if you don’t know if you’ll actually wear it then don’t buy it.  Also, just because something's gone out of style doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it immediately if you still like it keep wearing it. Be your own trendsetter!
    * Don’t treat your clothes as disposable as this will lessen their life span.
* Never throw clothes away - instead, you can:
    * Donate them to charity 
    * Sell them on an app like Depop (download here)
    * Do a clothes swap with your friends
    * Look into reworking them - I’ll talk more about this in a future post.

    * Take care of your clothing to lengthen their life span - This is something I’m going to talk more about in my next post.

* Shop your own wardrobe and make the most of the clothes you’ve got. I’ll also be talking about this in my next post.

I wanted this post to be a simple guide to sustainable fashion so I hope you find it useful.

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips for buying more sustainably and if there are any sustainable fashion brands I need to try.




The end of year edit 2018 | Reflecting on 2018, saying hello to 2019 and my highlights from the girl boss movement

Wednesday, 2 January 2019



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 Something that has inspired me most this year has been the girl boss movement, women have continued to take over this year and stand together stronger than ever. We’ve achieved so many amazing things this year that this post would be way too long if I listed them all so I'm only going to talk about a few of my favourites and some of the women I personally look up to and admire.




        WWE Evolution



Sometimes when I’m bored I like watching WWE matches on YouTube, wrestling is often viewed as a male industry so I think it's so amazing to see women performing in the same ring and showing that women can be just as strong as men. In October this year, WWE hosted the first ever all women's pay per view, a whole event dedicated to girl power and it was so good! I don't know what it is about WWE but once you start watching it you can't stop, I definitely recommend checking out some of the highlights, and the fact they used Salute by Little Mix has the theme song makes it even better.




     Little Mix - LM5 and Strip

Speaking of Little Mix we need to talk about their album LM5 and their song Strip. These girls never cease to amaze me and the release LM5 added to their collection of girl power anthems. The album talks about feminism and women’s right and they chose only female artists to collaborate with. One song I wanted to talk about in particular is their song Strip, the song is all about loving your body and yourself exactly how you are which is such an important message. They also released a music video for it which features loads of powerful women all of which's individual stories were shared through the Little Mix Instagram account. You can watch the music video here and read the stories here.



        Halsey’s Glamour Awards poem

 Staying on the topic of musicians, at this year's glamour awards Halsey (whose music I also love) read a poem she wrote about being an inconvenient woman. The poem was about how women are made to feel inconvenient purely for having a voice. The last lines of the poem read "You were not put on this earth to make everybody else's life easier. So please, be inconvenient." I love this because it's so true, never feel like it's your duty to make someone else's life easier because it's not. You can hear the full poem here.



  Fall in Line by Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato

Another incredible empowering song that was released this year was Fall in Line by Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato. I’m a massive Demi fan so I knew I’d love the song before I even heard it and it didn’t disappoint. The song is about not being here to please others and not following societies standards. They also performed the song at the Billboard music awards which was really good and it’s even been nominated for a Grammy. Watch the music video here.



        Redefine Pretty by Em Ford

The final thing I wanted to mention is a video by Em Ford called Redefine Pretty. I remember watching Em’s channel when she had a couple of thousand subscribers before You Look Disgusting went viral and it’s amazing to see how much she’s achieved. Redefine Pretty is a short documentary which looks at the effect that retouched images and today's beauty standards have on women. The documentary features interviews with various women and also a neuroscience study which showed that when looking at retouched unobtainable images our brain activity is the same as that of someone with PTSD. In short, retouched images are seriously damaging to our mental health and it's time we all redefined beauty standards. The documentary is so powerful and interesting, it's a must watch and you can watch it here if you haven't already.


Like I said before there have been so many more highlights which I haven’t listed and after seeing how much women have achieved in 2018 I can’t wait to see women slay 2019 as well.


Let me know what your highlights have been this year and what your main goal for 2019 is in the comments.





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