CLOSET OR­GA­NIZER

Start with what you al­ready own.

Fashion (Canada) - - Fashion - —Carly Ostroff

When 30-year-old Lee Vos­burgh, who’s based in Guelph, Ont., started her fash­ion blog, Style Bee (@LeeVos­burgh), she ze­roed in on max­i­miz­ing her ex­ist­ing wardrobe. Con­sider try­ing her “10 x 10 Challenge,” which ad­vises peo­ple to select 10 wardrobe pieces, come up with 10 out­fits and ro­tate them ac­cord­ingly over 10 days. “When you can see what you have to work with, you’re much less likely to feel like you don’t have any­thing to wear or you need some­thing new,” she says. Here are her tips for build­ing your most sus­tain­able wardrobe yet:

START WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW:

“Don’t add any­thing, and don’t get rid of any­thing,” says Vos­burgh. Try things on and wear them out some­where to re­ally fig­ure out what works and what doesn’t, and re­peat the process for 30 days. That way you’re less likely to over­look pieces you ac­tu­ally want to keep.

PURGE YOUR CLOSET RE­SPON­SI­BLY:

Once you’re ready to part with some clothes, think about sell­ing them so they don’t end up in a land­fill. Vos­burgh rec­om­mends down­load­ing apps like De­pop and TheRealReal or tak­ing items to lo­cal con­sign­ment stores that will pay you 40 per cent of the sale pro­ceeds.

RE­MEM­BER THAT SHAR­ING IS CAR­ING:

Try turn­ing your monthly book club into a lit­tle cloth­ing swap as a fun way to change things up, says Vos­burgh. Any­thing left over can be do­nated di­rectly to or­ga­ni­za­tions like The Sal­va­tion Army or Dress for Suc­cess.

RE­PAIR TO RE-WEAR:

Ac­cord­ing to Vos­burgh, tai­lor­ing clothes that aren’t quite work­ing can in­stantly trans­form them into cus­tom pieces de­signed to fit your body. “It’s a great way to give new life to an old piece that might other­wise just sit on a shelf,” she says.

SHOP LO­CAL:

“It of­ten means a higher price point,” says Vos­burgh, “but you’re investing in an artist and their work and the time and ef­fort that they put into it.”

COST PER WEAR:

Vos­burgh rec­om­mends investing in the best qual­ity pieces you can af­ford be­cause they will stand the test of time and be eas­ier to re­pair. “With lots of fast­fash­ion items, once they fall apart, there’s no way to sal­vage them,” she says.

CRE­ATE A SHORT WISH LIST:

“When you’re tempted to im­pulse shop, you can re­fer to the list and re­mem­ber what you’re re­ally in­ter­ested in and sav­ing up for,” rec­om­mends Vos­burgh. She also sug­gests cap­ping your list at 10 items at any given time.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.