How to Build a Conscious Closet (and Why is it Important!) | Workshop Recap
Conscious Fashion. Have you ever heard the terms: fast fashion and slow fashion?
Let’s explain these two terms to provide you with a bit of context.
Fast fashion is defined as clothing that moves quickly from the catwalk to store to meet new trends. While slow fashion is the movement of designing, creating and buying garments for quality and longevity.
Now what does this have to do with you?
Did you know that fast fashion contributes to 10% of the carbon emission on the planet? Or that 90% of sweatshop workers are women?
In our final workshop of the year we discussed a topic that is very dear to us: How to Build a Conscious Closet. Our friends at Attire Media partnered up with us to shed light on the ways in which we can be a part of the slow fashion movement and why it's important.
Now building a conscious wardrobe has to do with knowing where your clothes are coming from and avoiding purchasing what you do not need. When purchasing products from brands it is important to do the research about the labour practices that a company implements before making your purchasing decision. Find out if the company you are supporting has similar values that you hold.
Now how does one intentional create a wardrobe? 🤔
Key Learnings from Attire Media
Wardrobe Audit. Go through your wardrobe and take out any pieces that no longer serve you. These pieces can be donated, repurposed or sold. Look at your closet from a larger view, what piece do you have too much of and what is missing? Are there pieces in your closet that you forgot you had? A way to keep our inventory of your closet is by taking a picture of yourself in each one of the garments in your wardrobe. This way when you cannot decide what to where you have something to look back on to create the perfect look.
Create a mood board. Our style says so much about us to the outside world so lets be intentional about it. Ask yourself what presence would you like to showcase to the world and find images of women in clothing that showcase this. For example if we want to be confident, we would find images of women in clothes where they look confident. Define your personal style through a mood board. (Pro Tip: Try using Pinterest to create mood boards for your looks)
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Be creative in the way that you use the clothes that you have. Are there pieces that went out of style but not are chic? Can a piece of clothing be repurposed into something else (for example your favourite denim pants turn into your favourite denim shorts). Can a piece of clothing be sold to create some extra cash for you and contribute to another person building a conscious closet?
Bonus Tip from Boss Lady Collective
- Have fun with your wardrobe - we love seeing when you lovelies incorporate your style into your clothing. We have the privilege of deciding what we look like so lets have fun with it by showcasing our personalities and shining bright like the stars that you are.
Annie & Sav