Creating a closet full of pieces you love the heck out of doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg or contribute to the fast fashion consumer mentality.
How to not break the bank or our planet:
1. All the thrifting. Second hand or pass me downs are nothing to be ashamed of. When someone compliments me on a piece of clothing I beam happiness when I get to reply "Thanks, I thrifted it." Wear that dolla saving glory as a badge of honor, your wallet is happy and our planet is happy.
If thrift stores overwhelm you here's my biggest tip to navigate the headache of sorting and sifting until you find the gold: go in with a game plan. Make a list of what you're looking for so you don't get side tracked. Is it a jacket in a certain color? You looking for jeans? A top for a second date? Get as specific as possible so you can narrow down the isles to look in. Places usually sort by color, size and category. If you don't even know where to begin, just ask a sales associate to point you in the right direction.
2. Apps! Second hand shopping apps are great. Have a favorite insta influencer? Chances are they sell their clothes on Poshmark. Shopping from your couch has never been easier, you're stayin green while stayin cozy.
3. Clothes swap. Get a bunch of friends together and swap clothes. Do a fair trade or weekly pass off. Switch up your closet without spending a buck, and by the time you guys swap back you'll have totally forgotten about that piece and be excited to see it back in your dresser.
4. This is for the crafty: repurpose an older piece of clothing. There are so many good DIY channels explaining how to turn jeans into skirts, take in bigger pants to cute high waisteds, and flip shirts into crops. Have an old washed out black top? Reverse tie dye that bad boy for an edgy new lewk.
5. Don't beat yourself up if you buy something new. If you're going to keep it for a long time and get great use out of it, then that too is a sustainable choice. It's when we buy something cheap quality and wear it once that's creating harm. Just be thoughtful about your purchases!