Back in the day I used to buy a lot. Whether it was second-hand or not I would buy things I was instantly drawn to and thought I might wear for that instant adrenaline rush. I would be drawn to a specific print, a shape of a dress that I would try and not feel completely comfortable but think I would grow to love.
That was until a few years ago.
Following the collapse of the Rana Plaza in 2013 I began to think more about my shopping habits. When Fashion Revolution was set up I began to follow the movement. I watched The True Cost movie and was more determined to make changes.
A few years ago I read that Journalist Lucy Siegle recommends asking the 30 wears question when purchasing a new garment. By asking yourself (and answering honestly) whether you can commit to wearing an item 30 times, you are less likely to end up with a wardrobe full of clothes with the tags still on.
Whenever I go shopping now I ask myself this question and have, in turn, noticed that I wear the clothes I have bought a lot more regularly.
To help decide whether I’m able to commit to wearing an item 30 times, I find that it helps if I can think of at least 3 separate outfits I could make up using the new garment plus items already within my wardrobe. If I’m able to think of 3 outfits then chances are I will reach for the new item repeatedly and wear it many different ways.
I also find it helps if I think I will be able to layer the item in question easily. Using a little layering, I like to pile on the roll-necks under dresses, the chunky knit jumpers over summer dresses and the t-shirts under silk dresses. By doing all this layering I feel as though I can guarantee I’ll wear even the most floaty of the summer dresses throughout the year ensuring I can commit to those 30 wears required to ensure that the purchase of any said garment isn’t wasteful.
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