It’s no secret that clothes shopping can be expensive, and it’s even worse if you buy things in the hopes of wearing them once or twice before they go out of style. Outfit repeating is one way to avoid this problem by purchasing fewer, high-quality pieces that will last longer than cheap clothing would.
It’s part of a movement called slow fashion.
Slow fashion is a movement that’s growing in popularity. It refers to the idea of buying fewer, higher quality pieces, wearing clothes more often and making clothes last longer.
Buying less and investing in one or two high-quality pieces instead of lots of cheap ones means you have less clutter in your closet. Plus, if you buy ethically made clothes made with natural materials, they’ll last longer too!
Slow fashion is an intentional and sustainable approach to clothing.
Slow fashion is an intentional and sustainable approach to clothing. It’s not about wearing the same thing over and over again, but rather making conscious decisions about what you buy and wear. Slow fashion is about buying fewer, higher quality pieces that are better suited to your lifestyle—and then wearing those items as often as possible. This can include investing in classic staples like white button-ups or black jeans that will hold up well over time. Another way to practice slow fashion is by using second-hand or vintage items such as a pair of Birkenstocks or Levi’s 501s that have been worn down by years of use (they’re even better than new).
Outfit repeating is one example of slow fashion.
The slow fashion movement is all about making more sustainable, ethical clothing choices. It’s a reaction to the fast fashion industry—one that produces clothes cheaply, in bulk and with little regard for how they’ll be worn or discarded—and its effects on both people and the planet. By slowing down your shopping habits, you’re sending a message to clothing brands that it’s time for them to change their ways.
It’s not just about buying fewer items of higher quality either; it’s also about buying fewer things that are more likely to fall apart quickly (like over-the-knee boots). By doing so, you’ll have less waste in your closet at any given time and can invest in pieces that last longer than those made from synthetics or other fabrics prone to pilling or fading out within months if not weeks of purchase.
Fast fashion usually means lower quality clothes that are more likely to fall apart quickly.
Fast fashion is a term that describes the business model of producing cheap clothing that’s often made in sweatshops, for a faster turnover with less quality control. It’s also known as fast-fashion or disposable clothing because items are quickly made and sold at low prices, which means they’re more likely to fall apart quickly after purchase.
Fast fashion does not necessarily mean high quality; it just means cheap-to-make materials like polyester and nylon are used instead of cotton or leather. Since fast fashion doesn’t use expensive materials, the factories where it’s produced are able to pay their workers lower wages than they would get if they were sewing traditional fabrics like wool or silk. The result? Cheap prices on clothing—and even cheaper labor costs!
Lower quality clothes often come at the expense of environmental standards as well.
When you buy fast fashion, you’re buying clothes at the expense of everyone else. You’re paying the workers who make it a pittance and extracting resources from the earth that were meant to be conserved for future generations. And that’s not even taking into consideration how much more water and energy is needed in order to produce each garment than its higher quality counterparts—not to mention all the harmful chemicals they contain (like colorants).
If you want to invest in yourself and your wardrobe without harming anyone or anything else, get better-quality pieces made from sustainable materials. If a brand is willing to take the time, effort and money necessary for proper research into their supply chain then chances are good that it will lead them towards creating ethically made clothing as well as clothing that lasts longer than just one season.
Outfit repeating means buying fewer, higher quality pieces and wearing them more often.
How to make outfit repeating work for you:
- Make a list of your favourite go-to pieces. What are the items that feel good on and make you feel confident? What clothing do you always wear no matter how many times per week or month that happens to be? These are the items you want to prioritize when shopping for an outfit repeating wardrobe. When buying these pieces, think about quality over quantity; invest in high-quality, well-made essentials like jeans, white tees and jackets instead of buying cheap versions of the same item from multiple retailers that will fall apart after only one wear (or worse yet, look cheap).
How can Outfit Repeating Work For Your Family?
- Take advantage of seasons’ offerings by having each person pick items they like and using those as building blocks for outfits throughout the week. This year I’ve been really into simple turtlenecks with darker denim jeans so my husband has started wearing more of them too!
If you want to try outfit repeating, start small by wearing the same clothes for a week or two weeks at a time.
If you want to try outfit repeating, start small by wearing the same clothes for a week or two weeks at a time. From there, increase the amount of time that you repeat your outfits.
I recommend trying a month of outfit repeating!
If you want to try outfit repeating, start small by wearing the same clothes for a week or two weeks at a time. Then expand your wardrobe from there by buying fewer, higher quality pieces and wearing them more often. You’ll be surprised how much more comfortable you feel once you’ve gotten used to this way of thinking about clothing!