Developing a more minimalistic approach to our closet needs is gaining maximum appeal.
On the backend of this conscious movement, comes the renewed appreciation for buying fewer, deliberately sought basics. As any good personal stylist will agree, purchasing from consignment stores and vintage boutiques can offer buyers quality apparel, at more affordable prices.
Whatever the motivation to streamline and redefine one’s closet staples, the decluttering journey can bring surprising financial rewards, when reselling your higher quality, well kept items.
So ask yourself, if you were to develop habits of buying less, at better quality, what resold essentials would you snap up? Maybe you have some worthy pieces in your closet that you’re ready to let go of to make space for less?
Here are 7 tips to earn cash while purging your closet;
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Move over January and February! March, in fact any month, is just as good a time to make a stylish resolution, don’t you think?
Lucky for you, today is your best day to feel more stylish, inwardly and outwardly, while committing to kinder, more ethically focused fashion choices.
With this in mind, I’m offering 5 fashion shopping resolution ideas; take your pick as which inspires and fits you best!
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If we’re ready to support a more environmentally sustainable and ethically focused lifestyle, then selecting “quality clothing over quantity” is a sure start.
It’s said we are filling our wardrobes 60% more than only 10 years ago, and journalist Lucy Siegle tells us 80 billion new garments are produced globally every year.
Not only are we consuming more than necessary, but also we are feverishly filling our wardrobes with bargain-priced pieces, only to quickly discard them for another seasonal ‘must-have’.
For those of us who were clothes shopping before the fast-fashion phenomenon took hold 20 years ago, can perhaps recognise the deterioration of fabric and stitching quality in today’s disposable apparel.
Mothers and grandmothers who were brought up in the 1940-60’s, still hold an appreciation for a well-sewn item of clothing. Their eye for quality might have been developed through their own sewing skills or that of tailors and seamstresses of their day.
Yet now with the ferocious spread of cheap fast-fashion production and consumption, we’re hard pressed to identify true quality.
Buying less, then selecting quality items, are empowering actions in support of more sustainable and ethical consumerism.
Here’s a starting point to signs of quality clothing:
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There’s no bigger critic than ourselves, is there? Especially when it comes to our perception of what beauty is, let alone society’s persuasions.
So why then have I chosen to shave my shoulder-length hair to an uncommon buzz cut? Especially at 46, with life already etched into my face!
Granted it is an up coming trend – one need only look at the recent Fall Fashion Week models to see that – but no, I’m 46 and not delusional. Trends don’t motivate me and neither do youthful flawless faces.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month maybe it’s presumed that that was my catalyst. No, I advocate cancer prevention through eating a whole foods, plant-based diet, regular exercise and mindfulness. This encourages one’s focus on lifestyle and disease prevention first, rather than detection later.
My intention behind this bold shave is the intuitive feeling of opportunity:
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This mother-daughter interview first appeared on the Main Street Vegan blog, 2 years ago. I’d love to share it with my readers!
Isabelle is almost a teenager. A time when friends become new major influencers. Yet this vegan tween is already facing and dealing with peer pressure on her own terms. This beautiful young girl is also my daughter and today she gently tells us about what it’s like to stand up for ones ethics at the age of 12.
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As a parent to two young activists, I’m standing in my living room, witness to something pretty darn inspiring.
I watch as my youngest daughter prances around like she has ants in her pants. She reads aloud, sharing every encouraging comment made on her fledgling YouTube channel sharing.
She’s literally radiant in her realisation that she has the ability to connect, interact and positively impact others around our globe.
“I’ve made a difference mummy!” She’s sure of it. That’s all one needs.
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Across all social media platforms, teens and young adults are immersed in fashion ‘must-haves’. It’s these millions of images and messages that ultimately encourage gross self-indulgence through unyielding consumerism.
Yet, flip the coin and there’s another side to fashion, both engaging and self-empowering!
We’re onto something very exciting if, and when, we use fashion as a driving force to lead our teens into worthy self-esteem through acts of global healing.
Activating self-empowerment through fashion sounds oddly contradictory to what mainstream fashion asks of us though. In fact, fast fashion retailers ask nothing of us other than to buy, buy and buy even more.
Isn’t the term “slave to fashion” more suitable to today’s 52-week fashion shopping cycle?
What if we were to hone our kid’s shopping habits by exposing them to the human and environmental cost of the fashion industry?
For instance, by not buying regularly from fast fashion retailers, our teens can each reduce 82 pounds (37 kg) of textile waste per year! (Easily the weight of a tween!)
It’s not just youngsters who are given an invitation to consider the possibility that we’re far more than just consumers! Each of us votes with our hard-earned currency, and we can choose to be part of something bigger.
As parents though we can recognise that fashion is a powerfully persuasive and apt tool to redirect our teens’ energies to greater purpose.
Here’s 7 tips to navigate your teen to conscious fashion:
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