How to get more out of your wardrobe

The Guardian - Weekend - - Experience - Tam­sin Blan­chard

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.

Re­cy­cle

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.

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