How to Build an Ethical Closet

Not sure where to start when it comes to building an ethical closet? You can shop with ethical brands, but you don't have to throw out everything you own and start from scratch. Here are our top tips to create a versatile and ethical wardrobe starting with what you already own. 

1. Love the pieces you already own

It's time to take a look at what you already own and fall back in love with your closet. Try styling your existing pieces with new accessories or try pairing different styles together in a new way. Play around with what you already own. Find the items in your closet that always make you look and feel your best. 

 

2. Follow the care instructions 

Take care of the pieces you already have in your closet. Follow the care instructions so your clothes last longer and stay in great condition longer. Try to go longer between wears without laundering clothes especially denim. Pieces like denim doesn't need to be washed after every wear. 

3. Invest in good wooden hangers

Most plastic and wire hangers will stretch out the shoulders of your tops and leave you with saggy mishaped clothing. You might have to pay a little more, but wooden hangers will last longer and take better care of your clothes and help them last longer. 

4. Mend your clothes 

Do you have a blouse missing a button, pants with a broken zipper, a blazer that doesn't fit quite right? If it's a quality piece it might be worth it to mend it or have it altered. Find a tailor or learn to do it yourself! 

5. Invest in quality pieces

Invest in quality pieces instead of consuming the cheap fast fashion pieces when you can. This will help you curate an ethical closet full of versatile quality pieces that will last much longer and can be worn again and again. 

 

6. Shop second hand

According to thredUP, “if everyone bought one item used instead of new this year, it would save 5.7B lbs of CO2e.” It's better for the environment and you might find some unique pieces you love! 

 

7. Swap your clothes

Clothes swapping is a sustainable and fun way to find a new outfit without spending any money. Swap events can be an organized event or just a casual get together with you and friends in your living room. Try a clothing swap and build your ethical closet. 

8. Less is more 

Think capsule wardrobe here. Not only will it lead to less decision fatigue when deciding what to wear, but a small closet of seasonally appropriate, mix-and-match clothes could help you create an ethical closet. You'll shop less and wear styles more often. Sticking with a minimal wardrobe can save you time, energy, and money.