How to Make Your Sweaters Last Longer

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As you may have noticed, I wear the same clothes a lot. It’s part of my plan to appreciate what I own as opposed to buying something new. The only problem with that is the more you wear your clothes, the faster they wear out. Sweaters are notorious for this. They have the potential to pill, snag, shrink, and stretch out. I do have my methods for making them last longer though. Here are a few tips if you are trying to get the most out of your sweaters.

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4 Ways I’m Becoming More Mindful About My Clothing Purchases

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As I think about the new year and the next decade, one of the thoughts that weighs heaviest on my mind is the collective impact we have on our planet. It’s driving me to want to become a more mindful consumer. As someone who blogs about personal style and shares their clothing purchases publicly, I can’t in good conscience encourage people to consume more than is absolutely necessary. That’s why I’m trying to set a good example by taking deliberate steps to become more sustainable in my fashion choices. Here are 4 strategies I’m employing to make fewer, but more thoughtful purchases while still maintaining a functional wardrobe that reflects my personal style.

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How I Shop Sustainably

As another Earth Day passes by, I’m left feeling guilty about the plastic bag I forgot to decline at Ulta the other day. I’m also left feeling a little hopeless, to be honest. Our climate change situation feels more dire than ever, and I wonder if enough is being done to curb its effects. I have to ask myself, what can I do to make real and lasting change? As a style blogger, I feel a responsibility to admit that the fashion industry is not the most sustainable model. Fast fashion seems to be taking over our news feeds with new items and new sales pushing us to consume more every week. I feel like we all need to be a little more conscious of the effect our consumerism has on the environment. In an effort to change my own habits, here are three ways I’m shopping more sustainably. sustainable-fashion-1

1. Buy less. This one is scary, I know. But if you focus on buying quality instead of quantity, you can get there. This is part of the reason I started a capsule wardrobe. I want to own less. By focusing on only the high-quality functional items I truly love, I can achieve that goal and make less of an impact on the environment. This J.Crew camel coat is something I wear constantly. It’s functional and I love the style. It’s something I intend on keeping forever.

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2. Buy secondhand. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I love a good thrifted item. The craziest/best part is that you can find items with the tags still on or like new. And now there are so many secondhand shopping options out there: Poshmark, eBay, thredUP, and many more. In Pittsburgh and Cleveland, we have Avalon Exchange and Clothes Mentor. This brocade skirt I wore for New Year’s Eve this year is just one example of my thrifting scores.

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3. Buy from Sustainable Brands. More sustainable brands are available than ever before and I feel like more are going to keep cropping up. Reformation, Patagonia, and my personal favorite, Everlane. I feel like I never stop talking about their loafers. They are my favorite pair of shoes. I’m also obsessed with their Day Market Tote. It’s my everyday bag and it’s roomy enough for my work laptop.