On the heels of Fashion Revolution Week, our guess is that you feel overwhelmed at the thought of a more conscious consumer. Are we right?
Maybe you don’t know where to start. Maybe you think you don’t have the budget to overhaul your closet. Or maybe you lack the patience or time to dig through your local thrift store. Well, not to worry, we’ve put together some quick tips on how to start making small decisions that will make a big impact, not only in your wardrobe but in the world!
Tip #1: Re-organize Your Closet
It’s sad, but true – most of us have so many clothes we don’t even realize what we have. A great way to take advantage of your full wardrobe is to just do some rearranging. Pull your clothing that is tucked in the back, to the front. Take what’s on the bottom rack to the top. The mere placement of your clothes matter in what you wear and what you don’t.
Tip #2: Commit To a Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is a curated collection of your very favorite pieces that you mix and match and wear all over again. Less sometimes really is more! We’ve learned a lot from Caroline Joy Rector and her blog, Un-fancy, about mindful style. She has me wanting to do one of her experiments!
Tip #3: Recycle Your Clothing
We love a good closet purge just as much as the next girl, but remember donating your clothing isn’t always the best way! By recycling your clothes, your threads can be re-purposed into alternate textiles helping eliminate the waste that the clothing industry notorious for. H&M actually has a great program called the garment recycling initiative. You can bring in your old, worn out, un-cool clothes in any condition and they’ll recycle them for you!
Tip #4: Wash Less, Wear More
Washing your clothes every time you wear them isn’t good for them and it’s certainly not good for the planet! I read that washing and drying a load every two days leaves a carbon footprint the equivalent of a 2 ½ hour flight. That being said, I wash and dry my clothes less, but wear them more. Sure there are pieces that you need to wash after every wear (hello, underwear) but there are some items that you don’t. For example, I only wash my jeans after five or six wears. I get to preserve the age and finish of my jeans along with the planet!
Tip #5: Buy from Ethical Brands
Lastly, if you ARE going to buy new clothing, commit to at least trying to buy ethically. Do some research on where your clothing is made. We know there are limited options out there, but they are in fact out there. Or hey we know of a great small ethical brand called Trove! Shop your heart out knowing that we abide by fair trade principles in our business.
We love the adventurous spirit of our go-to Guatemala Co-Designers and Project Managers, Rachel and Averie! Both hailing from the United States, but now making Guatemala their home, these two best friends founded Casa Flor in 2016 to bring dignity and opportunity to local artisans.
Casa Flor literally means flower house, and we love their inspiration behind their business name.
Casa, meaning house, was included as they want to provide a sense of home, family, and environment to the artisans with which they partner. They deeply desire to have a personal relationship with each person.
Flor, meaning flower, represents the colorful playfulness that their designs bring to the world.
Rachel and Averie ensure the textiles and garment pieces are ethically made, and we are so excited to celebrate the techniques passed down from generation to generation in Guatemala in our first collection.
“Here at Casa Flor, we believe that your clothes tell a story and we want that story to speak of honor and dignity.” - Rachel
It has been so fun to see Rachel and Averie take our first round of patterns and transform them into designs that we know you’ll love for years to come.