How Can a College Student Own a Sustainable Wardrobe?

28 March 2021

In most cases our first impression is that the fashion industry costs our earth one way or another, when in fact fashion and sustainability can coexist. So, as college students, how can we build budget friendly yet sustainable wardrobes?

The very first step is to know your own taste and define your style. It may sound very cliché but wearing the outfit that you are confident with is definitely the key to fashion. Recall those outfits in which you find yourself glowing when you look in the mirror, then start identifying the similarities through these outfits – maybe it’s the colors, the fabrics, the styles, etc. There must be some pattern between them. Or simply open your closet and organize your clothes with the same tone, and you will then figure out your preferences. By knowing which look fits you best, you can avoid aimless shopping, save unnecessary costs, and reduce the chances of looking not so fabulous!

However, you might wonder what if your preferences change? It is totally normal that our tastes change throughout the years. Regularly updating your closets is also a fun thing to do. Instead of leaving the old clothes in the corner of the closet or, even worse, throwing them away, you can swap your clothes! Nowadays, there are many online swapping platforms. By thrifting, you can have an item from someone else, which means someone else also has yours. When you notice that somewhere out there, there is someone happily owning your clothes, such joy of being able to bring out the best use of your clothes is indescribable! Alternately, you can earn money from selling the old clothes on swapping platforms. To update your closet, there are now plenty of secondhand shops for you to discover. Shopping second hand is economical both for you and the planet. Besides, digging in a secondhand shop is like searching for treasures – you never know which outfit can surprisingly fit you!

When shopping for clothes, choosing quality over quantity is crucial. Looking at the labels and making sure it is made with high quality materials can help you avoid continuously shopping. Also, if you would like your clothes to last longer, hence be more sustainable, the way you do your laundry matters!

Last but not least, shop consciously. By doing so, we can help ensure that workers are well treated, and that cotton fields are managed in a sustainable way… plenty of benefits can be achieved through these effortless actions. Keep in mind that every little decision we make does affect the fashion industry and the planet. Sustainability is not an abstract concept; it should be embedded in our daily lives. As long as our wardrobe only contains the items that we look perfect in and are high quality, we can own a sustainable and fashionable wardrobe with little money.