While it’s easy to get sucked in to the latest trend, style really cant be bought. It’s about putting a look together, and to do that, you don’t need lots of new things, you just need to restyle what you have. Think Kate Middleton and her Alexander McQueen outfit. Kate wore the same outfit to Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015, Trooping the Colour in 2016, and at a royal engagement in Belgium in 2017, and again this year, and Prince Harry’s wedding to Megan Markle. Each time, she switched up the accessories and owned the outfit. And take, Marina Testino, founder of ethical fashion range Point Off View, who has undertaken a project, #onedresstoimpress, wearing the same outfit for 30 days to highlight our dependence on trends. Marina took a few key findings from the experiment. Firstly. the only one taking notice of your wardrobe is you, people do not care if you wear the same outfit over again, secondly, with less, you take better care of it.
So why am i saying this? The amount of clothes we send to landfill is staggering. Embarrassing. 350,000 tonnes, that’s around £140 million worth of used but still wearable clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year. The annual footprint of a household’s newly bought clothing, along with the washing and cleaning of its clothes, is estimated to be equivalent to the carbon emissions from driving an average modern car for 6,000 miles and water needed to fill over 1,000 bathtubs! Find out more about on Wrap. 350,000 tonnes, that’s around £140 million worth of used but still wearable clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year
So here’s 5 simple restyling tips to help you make the most of those outfits…
Classic shirts can look a little ‘stiff’ or workwear, roll those sleeves and it’s a whole, new relaxed look. Find that look that works for you… perhaps cuffed rather than a full roll.
Transforms anything – dresses, coats, shorts – to fit your frame and balance your outfit. Belts finish outfits, giving them a polished look. Start collecting. Top tip: check your local charity shops, you’ll often find some beauties for pennies.
If you’ve fallen out of love with some trousers, turn them in to shorts. You don’t even need to be able to sew! Fold and iron, get some hemming web and you’re done. Perfect for kids clothes that get trashed at the knees too.
Perhaps a bit of a given, but mixing up the jewellery can really make a difference. A statement necklace one day, a dainty brooch the next. Jewellery is a great way to restyle, and of course, you can reuse for other outfits.
Trousers and heels, great look. Trousers and a pair of vans or high tops. Also, a great look. Mix up the footwear and you get a totally different outfit.