Wardrobe Economics


I’ve mentioned in my post the other day, that I’ve just read ‘To Die For’. That book is so eye-opening and interesting, that I can’t help but talking about it. In one chapter she mentions an easy option how to get better at (the often expensive) ethical shopping: set a shopping budget. And not only a shopping budget – a yearly budget. Why is that a difference? Well, if you are buying about two items a week, both at about 20 € (more or less). At the end of the year, you will have spend 2080 € on clothes and own 104 new items (who needs all that?).

If you take that money, but instead of buying loads of cheap clothes you are most likely only going to wear a couple of times, you invest in 20 quality items, five for every season. Doing the maths, that means that you can spend about 100 € on every new addition to your wardrobe. You will end the year with 20 new quality items that you actually love wearing and that have been produced under ethical conditions and not even spend more money than you normally do. It’s that simple?

What do you think? Do you set yourself a budget while shopping or do you just go and buy whatever you fancy?

PS: I realize that not everyone spends 160 € every month on clothes, shoes and accessories. But if my calculation is not working for you, why don’t you just look at your bank statement and add up what you normally spend on clothes in a month. Divide the yearly sum by 20 and voila – you have the price for your next ethical finds.

Picture by the talented Helena La Petite.


  • Nina
    March 24, 2015

    Very clever tip! I had never seen things this way, it is worth considering!

    • Hanna
      March 24, 2015

      Please do!

      PS: Have you ever thought about translating your blog to English? My French is a bit rusty at the moment, but I would love to be able to read it! x

  • Summer Edwards
    July 9, 2015

    I just discovered you blog and I love it! Budgeting is one of the important steps in my 20b Day Sustainable Fashion Challenge. I’d love to know what you think of it :)

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