Clothing Purchases You Can Feel Good About

Ethical shopping has become increasingly important after recent tragedies in garment factories. With high-end fashions showing this week it’s easy to want to give your wardrobe a makeover, but you can stay chic while considering sustainability in these easy ways!

Swap, Don’t Drop!

Get a group of friends together to reinvigorate your wardrobe by hosting a swap party. You can get new pieces while saving money and reusing items. The student organization, Closets Collide, holds a few swaps every year. Check out their Facebook page for more information about their swap!

A Stylish Eye From The Savvy Shopper

Everyone has things in their closets that they don’t quite know how to wear. Instead of tossing it, invite one of your stylish friends to help you figure out how to make it work. You can even make a party of it where everyone brings a different clothing item and make a challenge on finding new ways to wear them. You can even try to figure out how to create more than one outfit and use for your items. The more you realize how much you can use your current wardrobe, the less you’ll have to buy new! Check out Pinterest for some ideas or look at this guide to get your creative juices going.

DIY

Develop your crafting skills and take a sewing class! Classes are regularly offered at the Workspace at the Memorial Union. Once you learn how to set you will be able to repair worn down items instead of tossing them. Once you’ve developed your skills enough, you might even be able to make your own clothes!

Swap and Freecycle

Did you know that Story County has a “freecycle” network? It’s a group of people in the area posting items they’re looking to get rid of as well as postings of needs. If you are desperate for a blazer for the career fair, try to post your needs on the site. As the name implies, it is free, so if you want to make some money off of your old clothing items, Ames Community Swap may be a better option.

Try Organic

With a little research, see where your favorite designers are getting their cotton. Cotton production uses a quarter of the world’s pesticides. You can reduce your environmental impact as well as support safer conditions for harvesters by going organic. Stumped as to where to look? Check out this link for some ideas!

Go Local

Support the local economy and economic sustainability by shopping in Ames! Ames has many different options so you should be able to find something that fits your fancy while keeping your money in the community.

Staples

Invest in a high quality wardrobe that can be worn for years. Instead of fast fashion and trends that will be tired in a month, try buying classic pieces that will never go out of style!


Featured image: simplerecycling.com

 

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