The Ethics of Fashion: A Minimalist Approach


In all my posts I’ve spoken about different ethical places to shop and how there’s no need to purge your wardrobe of all your fast fashion clothes, because that’s just wasteful and you should keep wearing them.

But it’s important to talk about taking a minimalist approach to your wardrobe. Minimalism is a lifestyle, it’s where you only have what you need, there’s no excess, you only buy and keep what you know you will use. Taking this approach to your wardrobe will instantly help you to make more ethical choices in what you purchase.

After all, if you’re only going to have a small number of clothes in your wardrobe, you want them to be the best quality, so you know they will last a long time. This is where ethical and sustainable clothes come in. Wearing clothes made of organic materials like organic cotton, fabrics dyed naturally, clothes being made ethically, that’s what we should be putting on our bodies.

If you think about it, you probably have a wardrobe full of clothes and you know every shop you’ve bought them from, but could you tell someone how they were made? Of course the care label can tell you what country it was made in, but how do you really know the circumstances it was made in? Who made it? How much were they being paid?

This goes back to my previous article on fast fashion, there are so many questions we could ask, but we’re almost too scared to, because we don’t want to know the harsh truth of it all.

Setting up a minimalist wardrobe is quite a difficult task, especially if you have a lot of clothes, it will take time and it can be difficult to start condensing down. But having a smaller wardrobe, with clothes that you know exactly where and how they were made, that they’re organic material and will last you years. That kind of knowledge and quality to the product is so much more important. Truthfully, when you have too much choice on what to wear, you end up finding it too difficult to put outfits together, and that’s when you start buying more clothes from the high street shops.

Do you have a minimalist wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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