As a counterpart to Black Friday (did a post on online shopping here), I thought to we should talk about recycling today. Truth to be told is that the world needs less of new consumption and more recycling and second hand. I know that people aren’t too keen on clothes that have already been worn before (need to work on changing that mindset though, including me), but perhaps one way to start is to recycle your own wardrobe. Here’s a post on how to recycle your wardrobe, or perhaps a more catchy phrase: shop your own closet!
Recycle Your Wardrobe
Put Away Clothes
The first step to recycling your wardrobe is to put away clothes you haven’t worn in a long time. These are clothes you love enough not to give away, but clothes you’re tired of. By putting them away for awhile, like in a box or a drawer – you give yourself a chance to love the piece again. It can be putting away a beloved navy blue sweater for a few months and start using it again when summer arrives. I suggest that you should at least put away 10 – 15 clothing pieces and set a reminder or write a note to go through the box in four months or so. The clothing pieces you haven’t thought about at all after four months, or aren’t excited to see, are probably pieces that are better off in someone else’s wardrobe.
One way to start this process, and do so in a natural way, is to do it seasonal. Put away your lightweight summer clothes for fall/winter so you’ll get a chance to feel refreshed when you see them for the first time after six months. When you see your clothing pieces that’s been away for months, you’ll most likely either be excited (congrats) or not (donate or give away). So take an hour or so, go through your wardrobe thoroughly and collect the clothes you’re tired of/haven’t used in awhile. This is a great chance of challenging yourself of not wearing your favorite cardigan four days/week. Recycle and stay creative!
Change the Structure of your Wardrobe
Speaking of our brains, another way to change up the perception is to redecorate your wardrobe. Rotate where your clothes are hanging. Perhaps sort after color, style or texture. The clothes that are on top in a pile could be stocked under, perhaps your blouses needs to be in front and not hide behind your dresses. This trick is simply about viewing your clothes in a new way and thereby feel inspired to wear them again. The brain easily gets used to something, so by changing things up – your wardrobe will hopefully feel new and inspiring again. Simply recycle what you already got! It’s really easy to trick the brain here and just change the spot of a few pieces if you’re really lazy!
Ask For a Second Opinion
One of the most fun, but bold, way of doing fashion is to ask others for their opinion. This can be used when recycling your wardrobe as another person views your wardrobe differently. Let a friend, or someone whose style you like, view your wardrobe and clothes. Perhaps that person will think the grey cardigan you’ve never worn will be brilliant with that blouse, those pants and that scarf – outfit combinations you’ve never thought of! Your outfit alternatives will expand and more clothes you already own will be used. Your brain will be challenged in creative ways as someone will share how they view colors/prints/clothes. It’s a way of bonding over fashion and making the most out of your wardrobe without spending anything!
Folks! Do you have any ideas on how to recycle your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments!