Hi there! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Yesterday I finished The 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge. If you're just joining me, you can visit my Week 1 and Week 2 posts to see what I've accomplished up to this point. I've enjoyed the whole process, but the third week was the most fun yet!
This week I...
Restyled Old Favorites
|Inspiration for my restyled outfit.|
- Finding ways to restyle your existing pieces helps you maximize their usability. When you can use one garment several ways, that's one less piece you have to buy.
- Restyling helps you get to know your closet thoroughly. You'll be less likely to impulse purchase when you know what you already own and therefore, what pieces you need to purchase.
Assessed Wardrobe Needs
|I may never need to buy another coat ever again!|
Day 16's task was about figuring out what pieces you need to purchase. By the time you reach this point, you have a very good understanding of your wardrobe and probably have an idea of what you need to replace or supplement. This is a good time to plan ahead for future seasons and take advantage of sales. The end of season sales will be starting soon.
My favorite things to purchase during the sales are coats, jeans, shoes, and handbags...which is probably why I won't need to buy any of those things for many many years! If you peeked in my closet, you'd probably think "This is a crazy coat lady!" or "What a jean junkie!". On the other hand, there's a definite shortage of tops. Shirts and sweaters are priority items on my purchase list.
Explored Online Stores
Day 17 was all about getting comfortable with online shopping. I've been online shopping for many years and love it. I've developed a good understanding of how styles and cuts fit and look on me. Many stores now offer free shipping and free return shipping, so if you don't love something, it's painless to return it. I spent this time researching sustainable retailers and narrowing down the ones from which I'd like to purchase.
|I ordered some tops to go with these jeans!|
This was the moment I'd been waiting for! What can I say? I love shopping! Before I hit the computer, I made a list of the pieces I need and had my monthly budget ready. I was able to find several pieces that fit my needs and my budget. I'm so excited for them to arrive! I discovered a fantastic brand that I'm eager to share with you.
Reevaluated My Knowledge of Sustainable Fashion
The first week I evaluated my experience level on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being inexperienced and 5 being expert. I gave myself a 2. Although I felt I had a good grasp of the basic concepts of sustainable fashion, I knew there was still much to learn. After completing The 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge, I have rated myself a 4. I feel like I actually knew more than I originally thought. Many of the daily tasks reinforced things I was already instinctively doing, but gave me more of an organized focus. The Challenge has given me the tools and confidence to create and maintain a sustainable wardrobe.
I'd like send a huge "Thank you!" to Summer Edwards, the creator of The 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge. It's very evident that she put a lot of thought and time into creating this challenge. She asked me to write a testimonial for her to publish alongside information about the challenge. As it perfectly sums up my thoughts, I'd like to share it with you:
Being a newcomer to eco-friendly fashion, the 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge has been extremely beneficial in helping me evaluate all aspects of my fashion choices. The easy to follow tips have helped me with everything from making the most of my existing wardrobe, to creating a realistic budget for future purchases, to making informed decisions about fabrics and labels, to repurposing unwearable garments. I've loved the creative challenging of restyling some forgotten pieces and sharing my outfits on Twitter. One of the greatest things I've learned from the Challenge is that while often expensive, sustainable fashion isn't necessarily out of reach. I now understand that by factoring the cost per wear of a quality, sustainable item that will last for years versus a cheaply made item that will only last for a few wears, you can actually save money in the long run by building a quality over quantity wardrobe. I now feel that I have the tools to make a positive environmental impact through my fashion choices. I highly recommend the 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge to anyone interested in creating an eco-friendly wardrobe.
If you'd like to take part in The 20 Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge, visit Tortoise and Lady Grey to sign up. It's a small investment of time with a big pay off to the environment!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have wonderful day!