How to Create a Sustainable Wardrobe

And it doesn't involve hemp shrouds and rope sandals.

There’s a lot of guilting and brow-beating when talking about sustainability. It can feel overwhelming knowing where to start. But trying to be more sustainable isn’t about perfection— it’s about small gestures that become a movement and a lifestyle.

You won't need to sacrifice style or comfort to dress more sustainably and ethically. Nor do you need to get rid of your entire wardrobe and start again. It is possible to be an 'ethical fashionista', simply by being aware of how and where, and by whom, your clothing is manufactured.

It won’t happen overnight, and you probably won’t become 100% sustainable unless nude is your preferred sartorial state, but you can start by reducing your consumption and caring for the clothes you already have.

Here are some tips on getting a more sustainable and ethical wardrobe.

Rewear + Repair

Start with what you already have in your wardrobe. The most sustainable clothes are those you already have, as Orsola de Castro, founder of the Fashion Revolution movement, the global movement that scrutinises industry practices, declares.