3 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Piece
Curating a sustainable wardrobe entails a little planning and perhaps a certain amount of discipline. Once you've defined your ideal wardrobe, you can use this vision to slowly develop a collection of ethical pieces that will suit you and your lifestyle in the long term.
But sometimes we fall for things that aren't on our designated list of needs. And sometimes we're in two minds about things that do fit our carefully thought out specifications. When this happens, it can be helpful to have simple questions in place to give us a little perspective and remind us what's important, to help avoid making purchases we might regret. Your questions will most likely be specific to you, but the following three can be a good place to start.
Does the piece match my personal style and work with what I already have?
Am I being influenced by trend or price? Can I wear it with things I already have to make up multiple outfits? Do I need to buy something else to make it work? Does it make me feel good in myself?
Can I commit to wearing the piece many, many times?
Beyond the aesthetics, is it comfortable to wear? Does it fit my body properly? Is the level of quality high enough to make it truly durable? Am I prepared to look after the materials appropriately?
Is the piece ethically sound?
Who made it and were they paid fairly? Was it made sustainably using environmentally-friendly methods? Will washing and disposing of it cause environmental damage, or is it biodegradable? Is the brand transparent and making efforts to move in the right direction?
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