Last week there was a nice interview with me on Cosmobloggers about sustainable fashion and it made me realize that it has been over a year since I changed my aproach to fashion in a more radical way.
To make myself clear, I don't want to be profiled as some environmenal snob because at first, I don't support radicalism in any way and at second, it's almost impossible to set yourself appart from consuming completely. And to my opinion it would be buck-passing to refuse one and support the other, even unconsciously. To explain, I would like to bring it to the extreme case scenario: for one to live trully sustainable life, they would have to live isolated from the world and produce their own everything like electricity, build their own house from their self made materials, weave their own fabrics to sew their own clothes. Do you understand me? It happens to me also, I need to go to the store from time to time and I did in the past year. But I would like to share what the year of responsible approach to fashion gave me and took from me.
1. Realization I have too many clothes, I am never going to wear
My family always raised me to take care of my clothes, which is great. On the other hand, they also raised me to hold on to things that I have and create a bond with them. In the past year, I realized what a problem it is. I have my wardrobe full of clothes, that don't fit or don't express me anymore and I don't have the heart to give them away.
I worked on that a little and gave away many clothes piling on top of each other. The unwearable ones are now my cleaning towels and the rest I donated.
But when I want to buy something I now have to be 100% sure I will wear it.
2. Found which fits, patterns and materials are comfortable for me
I left so many clothes untouched in my closet, just because I don't feel good wearing them. Sometimes it's the way they look on me, other times it is about the fit. And when something is uncomfortable, I avoid it like devil avoids the cross. Truth is that knowing this, I bought only things, that I already wore like 20x times.
3. There are thing I draw the line at
Socks. No idea how to make thin cotton socks so the only way I see of getting them is unfortunatelly to buy them.
Lingerie. There are many tutorials on how to make va-va-voom lingerie and I will try them one day. Unfortunatelly I don't know how to make lingerie as today, and I do not have the time that I would need to study how to make it, so I am left to buy it for now.
Jeans. Denim is a monster that feeds on broken needles, and a stone to my sewing machine. Technically Jeans are not easiest pants to make at least not on my level of sewing skills, so I'don't dare. The fading blue effect is done manually by scratching. Not a chance to make it at home now. There's an option to get tailored jeans but get ready for higher price.
Activewear. I used to work for Nike and Reebok, so I have pretty nice collection of workout clothes at home and I have no need buying it. But I even though I have been considering making my own this year, I won't be able to sew strong hold bra for my d-e cups.
4. care is crucial
Maybe it's not such a good idea to say it out loud but whatever. I have a problem with sweat stains. All my white clothes are destined to be ruined from the beginning. So what to do about that? I found that bile soap helps. But about that some other time. Important is, that every time I get a stain, I try to remove it, so I can wear my clothes as long as possible.
The same goes for lint pilling. Sometimes it appears at places with the lot of friction and makes the clothes looking horrible. But you can spend little money and buy lint remover, that will help you to remove it. There's cheaper version using razor but be carefull because I, of course, made a hole with it into so many sweaters.
And the last tip is to have clothes for outside and other for home. I bought great pants in second hand last year and already ruined them as I made a hole that got so big, my ass is showing and it's impossible to sew. :(
5. I've learned to resist
Shops are full of beautiful clothes that I would love to wear immediately. The problem is only in the head. If you don't buy the thing immediately, you will most probably forget about it. I exchanged the pleasure of shopping for inspiration search for my sewing. Plus I've stopped coming to the stores to seek therapy or pleasure. Well maybe for one day only.
6. sewing fabrics can be hell
The worst is, that it is impossible to find origin. I tried to find some czech manufacturers and I succeeded, I haven't try anything yet but I will order soon. Anyone with a suggestion for a EU based linen producer? I feel that's going to be a hit.
And that's about it. Lastly, I will share a purchase, I regret the most. This poncho from H&M, I bought year and a half ago. I wear it but it is honestly the simplest thing to make, and you'll soon get a DIY.