One of the things I hear most often when I tell people I only buy fair fashion is: “But it’s so expensive!” And of course, that’s true. Fair fashion is more expensive than the high street. With good reason also: Clothes on the high street are only cheap because people get exploited producing them. Still, it’s not impossible to only buy fair fashion and still look fashionable. Even if you’re on a small budget.
Keeping a style board on Pinterest has been one of the methods that helped me most in figuring out what to shop for in the past years. Every time I see an outfit I like, I pin it to my board. Then, if I feel like I need new clothes, I look for pieces I’ve pinned over and over again. This way, I only buy items I’ve liked for some time and don’t spend money on clothes that aren’t even my style.
Most (fair fashion) brands have a weekly newsletter these days. They often put in amazing sales and coupon codes, so you can save money if you just wait for the right newsletter. Also, most brands offer a discount just for signing up for the newsletter, such an easy way to find some eco fashion on a budget.
At the beginning of each season I look at my closet and my Pinterest board and write down what I would like to add to my closet. Then I shop for these items only (and save on unnecessary purchases once again).
If you start out with fair fashion, online secondhand shops are your best friend. They might seem a little overwhelming at first, but with a few tricks navigating them gets a lot easier. First of all, only look for very stylish brands that are a little out of your normal price range. For example, I really miss shopping at Zara but looking for Zara on Kleiderkreisel drives me insane. There are just too many pieces that aren’t great anymore (and too many pieces in general). Instead, looking for COS, &otherstories, Edited or fair fashion favourites like Filippa K are way more fun! Once you’ve found a piece you really like, look at what other pieces the seller has in store – it’s very likely there’s more beautiful pieces to find.
This is a simple method that doesn’t cost any money. Every couple of month, take out everything that’s in your closet. Fall in love with the pieces that you’ve forgotten about, waiting in the back of your closet. This way, you will find ‘new’ pieces for the season ahead without spending a penny!
Another fun way to get rid of old clothes and find new favourites is to host a clothing swap. Invite a few good friends, tell them to bring some friends as well and start swapping! Everyone can bring a snack and the clothes they don’t like anymore. Hopefully, you’ll all find some new favourites and also just have a great time with your best friends.
These are the steps that made it easier for me to shop eco fashion on a budget without missing out on style. Do you have tips and tricks as well? Tell me in the comments!