How to get more out of your wardrobe
Do your research
The free Good On You app is a useful guide to everything from vegan materials, to how a brand is performing in terms of labour conditions or animal welfare.
Spotify your outfits
Plan your social calendar and rent accordingly. For serial weddinggoers, it’s a no-brainer: Wear The Walk (wearthewalk.co.uk) offers a wide range of designer dresses and accessories; while Girl Meets Dress (girlmeetsdress.com) is more mainstream (and also rents maternity wear: a great idea).
Recycle your run, and invest in ethical sportswear
Check out Contra, the new brand brought to you by the people behind Parkrun, which is ethically produced, non-gendered and body positive. Runners Need will recycle your old trainers all year round; but from 14 October–29 November there is the added incentive of a £20 voucher in its stores. For trainers that will biodegrade, try new Italian brand, Yatay (yatayatay.com) – though they’re not cheap (from £220 a pair).
Spend less time shopping, and more time making
If you have the skills and time, The Maker’s Atelier offers beautifully designed dress patterns, alongside specially selected fabrics.
The majority of our textile waste (66%) goes to landfill. Traid will collect for free from homes in London and some surrounding counties, including Hertfordshire, Surrey and Brighton. Book a collection at traid.org.uk/23collect.