6 Steps For Limiting Your ‘Fashion Footprint’

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Most people are aware of the ‘carbon footprint,’ they may have, in effect, it’s how you might be contributing to emissions based on your lifestyle. A smaller footprint is better. So for example, someone might make sure all of their devices are switched off at night instead of leaving them on standby, installing motion-sensitive lights to prevent them from being left on all night, or time their heating units to only come on in the morning to save energy.

But of course, sustainability is much more than just using the energy of this nature, but also our buying decisions. Cycling to work is better than purchasing a new gas-guzzling car, for instance, provided you can use this within the parameters of your lifestyle.

Moreover, limiting your ‘fashion footprint’ is a similar principle. If you love fashion as we do, it could be that focusing on more sustainable efforts can help you lower your net carbon footprint, make use of items for longer, and enjoy the creativity in working with older garments. In this post we’ll discuss how to do this and more:

Donate To Charity Stores

A great way of supporting charity and finding another home for your clothes is donating to charity stores. Provided the item is in good condition, clean, and wearable (of course, don’t donate underwear), then this charity can sell it and put that money towards the good work they do.

In some cases, you may be able to help specific causes by this. So certain cancer research charities may run charity stores or those dedicated to other important issues. Not to mention that in some cases, the donations you see that have been made by other people are genuinely interesting and good, even offering designer brands for a cut-rate. When you purchase from these stores, of course, you’re donating to the charity yourself. It’s one of the rare win-wins you’ll find in any store, so don’t be afraid to use them more often.

Thrift Or Try Second-Hand Apps

Thrifting is of course similar to charity stores but often found in large thrift warehouses or retro stores that aim to bring something new and interesting to the market. Second-hand apps like Depop can also help you sell your clothes or purchase directly from other people, giving you the chance to save a little money or to find some real retro inspirations.

Build a small seller’s profile on there, and before long the positive reviews you get will aid your further sales. This means if you don’t really know what to do with a clothing item, you could get back almost all of its value by using a platform like this.

Try To Lessen Bad Habits

It’s good to try and lessen your bad habits when investing in fashion, for instance, this guide on fast fashion and its harmful effects can help you avoid cheap, disposable trends and instead build a more robust style for yourself. 

Not everyone will be able to follow this next piece of advice, and that’s no judgement on you if you think it is less than helpful. However, if you can, then shopping for more robust, well-crafted items from better stores than the uber-cheap rotating stock in cheaper discount stores (which often use overseas, sometimes mistreated workers to provide that discount) can provide you a better item that will last longer.

A good pair of boots you buy may last for many years more than a cheap pair, and have a better chance of being repaired to an appropriate standard should they become damaged or worn. Over time, you save money because of that and contribute less disposed-of items.

Repurpose Items

It’s good to repurpose items if you can. Sometimes, it’s quite an effective strategy. For example, cutting jeans into jean shorts for the beach (especially if they’re a little old so you don’t mind getting them dirty) can be a helpful use at the end of their life cycle.

There are countless more ways to repurpose old clothes, especially if you wish to use them for outdoor activities. You might cut a t-shirt into a vest in order to wear for gardening, for example, without caring about stains. After all, a garment doesn’t necessarily lose its value just because you wouldn’t wear it as part of your ‘main wardrobe’ – as the materials are still there and may be used quite capable. 

Purchase From Sustainable Sources

It’s helpful to purchase from sustainable sources if you can too. Certain fashion retailers will often be very vocal about their ability to do this, where they source their garments from or how they manufacture them.

After all, it’s a hot-button marketing benefit that many consumers are looking for, so you don’t have to apply much legwork here. A simple Google search for the best sustainable fashion brands can go a long way, and with online ordering, you don’t necessarily have to have that retailer within your local town or city.

Repairs & Alterations

Having clothes repaired or altered, such as resizing, can be helpful. You might not have the skills to do that to every garment you own, but a seamster service will be able to do that, and this may cost much less than having many clothes in your wardrobe replaced.

In some cases, this may even save age-old heirlooms that you really care about. If your grandparent gives you their watch, for example, you might have the gears returned and the strap replaced to make sure it lasts many more years going forward, as a professional watch repair service will be happy to do that for you. It will certainly save you from having to replace it.

In other cases, you may have jewellery resized, for example making sure a ring fits on your finger if you’ve gained or lost weight – many women have this done during and after pregnancy, for instance.

With this advice, you’re sure to limit your fashion footprint and also look fantastic in every styling decision you make.





Basic Clothing Items for Autumn/Winter

The chill is in the air here in Cheshire and it is now officially autumn. Autumn is the start of the layering fashion season and it is normally my favourite time of the year because it is usually not too cold, with minimal rain. The autumn/winter fashion season is also my favourite. The colours in the autumn/winter collection are always so beautiful and I am a huge fan of layering pieces. Like many others, I will be shopping around for some fashion wardrobe essentials in the next few weeks. If you are on the hunt for basic clothing items this season, you are reading the right post. Here are some ideas for you:

Basic Clothing Items for Autumn/Winter
A Good Winter Jacket

Winter jackets are basic clothing essentials for the chilly season so it is always a good idea to invest in a great quality piece. You will be wearing a lot of it in this weather so make the right investment. This Superdry Ripstop Longline Puffer Jacket below is a great option. It looks nice and cosy, and the fact that it is black and long means you can pop it on pretty much every day if you want. I always like it when winter jackets are functional and stylish.

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A Stylish Jumper

I love wrapping myself in stylish jumpers once the chilly season starts. Jumpers are great practical clothing items for your wardrobe this season. I like to have a couple in different designs and colours. This Drop Shoulder Letter Sweatshirt/Jumper by SHEIN below is a fab choice. It comes in a variety of colours and all the shades look so good.

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Stylish Cardigans

It is always a great idea to have a couple of cardigans in your wardrobe ready for layering. Cardigans are great for when you need to pop on an extra layer of clothing but still look fashionable. I will be grabbing a few this season since this is one area in my wardrobe that needs filling. This Ribbed V-Neck Relaxed Longline Cardigan by M&S below is a great option.

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A Blanket Scarf

Scarves are so important for every season. I like to have a couple in my wardrobe for various seasons. Blanket scarves are great for cold weather. These stylish accessories look good and keep you warm and toasty at the same time. I currently have my eye on this Firenze Geometric Print Blanket Scarf by Accessorize (pictured below). It looks fabulous and would be a nice addition to a winter wardrobe.

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What do you think of these basic clothing items for autumn/winter? Did any catch your eye?

 

 

 

 

Managing The Administrative Burden Of Fashion Pop-Up Stores

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A fashion pop-up store is a temporary storefront selling apparel that, thanks to its somewhat exclusive and time-based nature, inspires excitement through and through. There are many reasons to run a fashion pop-up show, from showcasing the works of local designers, to supporting causes, to simply getting your own garments out there.

Renting a space or a booth at a fashion event can be a good place to start. Yet outside of sitting there and perhaps starting an event on social media, it can be hard to know how to generate interest and what you should do in order to properly promote the event itself. On top of that, you may find it difficult to keep up with the administrative burden surrounding it.

That’s why in this post, we hope to discuss a few supplemental tips that can help you succeed in the logistical management of such a project. We also extend our best wishes, as this kind of entrepreneurial spirit is exactly what anyone in the fashion space needs for success.

Rent A Storage Space

From the tables to the hanging racks, to any other display materials, and of course the clothes themselves, this task can be quite bulky in terms of the pure amount of objects and packages you need to bring with you. This is why renting a storage space can be so effective; here you’ll be able to dictate the pace of your logistics and also keep your goods safe from the weather and possible theft before you’re ready to start organizing your stall or shop.

With a professional storage area, you can make sure that the clothes will always be waiting for you in great condition, ready to sell. It’s a minimal expense for long-term peace of mind.

Brand Your Event

Sure, you might have a pop-up store that will only be here temporarily, but that doesn’t mean you have less of a responsibility to sell people on the idea. This is why it’s a great idea to focus on branding as much as anything else. 

A cohesive name for your fashion store, an easy and clear means of discussing what it’s in support of or what the designer’s name is, and applying this material to all of your social media events, blogs and profiles can make a tremendous difference. Using a freelance graphic designer and copywriter through a site like Upwork or even Fiverr can be a great way to start that – and to get an affordable branding package in one fell swoop.

Hire/Train Brand Ambassadors

Sure, you might not have a foremost business that operates with full-time employees, but it’s worth having presenters, ambassadors, or simply points of professional contact at your show so you don’t have to chaperone people around all day. You’d be surprised how easy it can be to hire professionals in this role, and in some cases, you may even be able to ask for help from the local fashion course of a university and pay some students to attend. This way, you can make sure your popup store is well attended, and that any issues can be addressed with nuance.

 

With this advice, we hope you can more easily manage the administrative burden of your fashion pop-up store. We’re certain this will remain a success for you.



 

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