Have you ever discovered a new-to-you blog and completely lost all track of time while devouring as many of the awesome posts as possible? Such was the case when I visited Sustainability in Style. This amazingly informative eco conscious site is the brain-child of environmental scientist Katie Roberts and covers just about every topic related to sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry.
Get to know this marvelous eco fashionista and snag her top tips for creating a sustainable wardrobe:
Sustainability in Style began as a way to document (and keep myself accountable to) my 365-Day Wardrobe workout challenge. The challenge was a year-long shopping ban for clothing and accessories (including thrifted items) that came about as a way to ‘make do’ with what I had and weed out the items that had accumulated in my closet following a year of working in fast fashion when science funding had run out.
Once Sustainability in Style was launched on Instagram things started to get really interesting. Followers started talking sustainability and fashion with me, with some pledging to start their own Wardrobe Workout challenge. The blog is a weird blend of things that interest me. Primarily based around fashion, which was where I stated my studies and career, it branches off to look at fashion from a scientific viewpoint, and also includes many yogic ideas of mindfulness and gratitude.
After quitting the fashion industry due to conflicting values with the way the global fashion supply chain operates, I studied Environmental Science majoring in Sustainability and now work as a plant scientist. I am currently studying a Master of Environment majoring in Sustainability education and Sustainable Business. The yoga side of things comes from a couple of years ago when I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher certificate. I’m not currently teaching but practice regularly and can’t wait to have a home yoga studio when we have completed some house renovations.
Sustainability in Style has long been my labor of love and is now a wonderful place to talk sustainability, fashion, and science, and gives me a great opportunity to pass on some of the information I gather during my master’s studies.
Katie’s Top Tips for creating a Sustainable Wardrobe:
1. Ask yourself if you really need it. It can be tempting to just buy thrifted items because they are there and are inexpensive but you need to work out if it is something that you will really use. A cluttered closet is not a functional one! Try to only buy what you know that you will love and wear for a long time.
2. DIY can be great fun, but just like the point above, don’t DIY without purpose. Make sure that your DIY projects are ones that will enhance your life and your closet. There is nothing worse than having a house full of items you made and can’t bear to get rid of but serve no purpose other than collecting dust.
3. Have fun! There are so many doom and gloom messages out there in the world and the area of environment and sustainability is full of negativity in the mainstream media. Be happy, enjoy what you have, and be grateful for everything in your closet. Taking time out (like a shopping ban) to appreciate what you have can really make you feel good about yourself and help to define your personal style. There is a great quote by author Roald Dahl that really shows that happy people are the prettiest people and it goes like this: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” And really… who doesn’t want to be known as that gal who shine sunbeams all over the world?
4. If you see something you like the look of there is a good chance you already own something just like it. A weird but true fact and something I discovered during my Wardrobe Workout. Be sure to check your current closet contents to make sure you don’t already own the item you are lusting after before you buy.
5. Keep a record of what lives in your closet. This is really important for those who like to thrift, as we all know that you can’t hesitate about thrift purchases. If you do they will be sold out from under your nose! Using an app like My Fashion Assistant to track what you own is really helpful for closet curating on the go.
A massive Canadian bear squeeze to Katie for sharing her sustainable journey and fantastic tips!
Pop on over to Sustainability in Style and discover the tranquillity that an eco fashion lifestyle can bring.