I know, building a sustainable wardrobe & shop ethically without harming the planet might sound difficult. Sometimes, we do want to purchase an eco-friendly alternative, but the price tags are simply too much for our bank account to handle to support ideal-world ethics. One of the reasons, why it’s so tempting to fall into the fast-fashion trap: It’s cheap & fast. Well, let me tell you something - nobody’s perfect, and that’s more than okay! If you are serious about turning your wardrobe and shop ethically from now on, knowledge is the first step toward buying better- educate yourself about how the fast-fashion industry works and the many ways it affects the people & planet. In the meantime, let me show the first 6 priority items a.k.a. sustainable closet all-stars, that make you feel good and look good, without causing serious damage to your bank account. Enjoy!
1. Plain White Tee
Is there anything more versatile than a Plain White Tee? I don’t think so and no wardrobe is complete without one.
Brands: KOTN & Green Shirts
2. Black Bodysuit
A classic black bodysuit looks just as good with boyfriend jeans as it does with a pencil skirt. You can mix it with any piece & pattern you like - I don’t think I have ever come across a piece it couldn't complement. If you haven't already made room for it in your wardrobe capsule, now is the time.
Brands: Erlich Textil & Underprotection
3. Denim Jeans
If there’s one piece in my wardrobe I could not live without, it’s my skinny jeans - it’s definitely a mainstay for me! But whether it’s a straight leg, loose fit, a boyfriend style or something entirely different altogether, there’s no denying that it’s an absolute essential to have in your closet.
Brands: ARMEDANGELS & Reformation
4. White Sneakers
Okay, let’s be honest. A pair of white kicks is an absolute MUST for any wardrobe. It’s your go-to option for any outfit, whether for a day at the office or a night out with your girls. Also, can we please take a minute and appreciate these insanely cool & eco-friendly kicks?
Brands: Matt & Natt and Veja
5. Knit Sweater
Surely, you need a super comfy and cozy sweater not only to snuggle up during these cold days, but also for your everyday style. I’m personally more the oversize kinda type, as they’re so easy to style. They basically beg to be paired with a pair of jeans and runners.
Brands: ARMEDANGELS & TWOTHIRDS
6. Oversized Blazer
The absolute rockstar among jackets - the blazer, which is the go-to layer for both day and night, no matter your style.
Brands: EVERLANE & Reformation
Alright, that's it for Part I. I hope you enjoyed our first blog post! Make sure to check out Part II to complete your wardrobe! Also, let us know about your personal Sustainable Wardrobe Essentials in the comments below or on Instagram @narah.soleigh !