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Work your wardrobe around a few classic pieces, adding a few new garments to liven it up and get that up-to-the-moment look to help you save money and the environment. (Shutterstock)
Earth Day reminds us to reinforce our commitment to living a green lifestyle. Sustainability is the key to this concept and it stretches all the way to your closet.
Instead of weeding out your clothes and buying each season's trendiest items, learn to work your wardrobe around a few classic pieces, adding a few new garments to liven it up and get that up-to-the-moment look.
Simplifying your wardrobe can also de-stress your life and make dressing less onerous. According to Susan Jacobs, of Personal Style Image and Wardrobe Consulting in London. Ont., "Getting dressed for your day should be fun and stress-free. Life has enough stressors in it and getting ready for your day shouldn't be one of those things.
Your clothing is one part of marketing yourself. By having a wardrobe of pieces -- old and new -- that you love, and that fit and flatter while projecting your best self, you are way ahead of the game in terms of putting who you really are out there. By dressing authentically, you're telling them about who you are right off the bat."
Jacobs says she has helped hundreds of clients streamline their wardrobes to lessen the impact on their minds and pocketbooks, and a positive side benefit of this ensures that each person is having less impact on the planet, as well.
To build a sustainable wardrobe, ensure you purchase good quality pieces of classic cut and style in solid colours that complement your natural colouring and lifestyle. Add some new, inexpensive pieces and accessories each season to perk up your look.
"Accessories are an affordable way to wake up your look from season to season. It's financially and environmentally responsible and adds versatility," says Jacobs. "Accessories allow you to add your signature to your look and should make up 70% of your wardrobe. Accessories include scarves, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and embellished tops."
Necessary core items are:
Dark denim dressy jeans
Little black dress
Black pencil skirt (any fabric)
And for spring and summer:
Navy capris (to the ankle to be work appropriate)
Colourful patterned dress
Basic black pumps
The last item is one that Jacobs feels is vital to any look. "Confidence is always in style."
By putting these pieces together, there is no need to redo your wardrobe. By mixing and matching with accessories to brighten things up, you can create many looks that will work for any season.
"Don't go for the $20 top that you can only wear with jeans," says Jacobs. "Buy the $100 good quality white blouse that you can wear with black pants, a pencil skirt, jeans or dress slacks. It can serve you well in a variety of situations and make the price per wear much more reasonable. This kind of purchase costs you less in the end and makes your wardrobe much more sustainable."