Most people who hire someone to clean up their home wouldn’t think of hiring someone to clean up their wardrobe. Yet six tonnes of textiles and clothing are dumped in Australian landfills EVERY 10 MINUTES.
To stop dumping this rubbish we need to stop buying it.
But how? Well, you could vow to live in a 30-piece capsule wardrobe or quit impulse buys and save up for high-end or exxy sustainable brands in only ‘timeless’ styles and never chuck a thing in the charity bin. These two would be good decisions for our Earth.
However, if you’re anything like me, the idea of living the rest of your life in a neutral, smug-chic uniform might bring you out in hives.
So the best option for a fashion-hungry shopping fiend who wants to put paid to their wasteful ways is EMBRACE THE NOT-NEW.
Which brings me right back to my first point. We outsource lots of jobs these days, either because they’re boring (cleaning) or hard (changing a lock), so if we’re faced with the challenge of a whole new style of shopping (no big glossy ads to guide you to the ‘trends’ in familiar stores), why wouldn’t we outsource?
If you’re still not with me, read on for six readymade excuses to hire your own wardrobe stylist (aka yours truly).
“NOTHING TO WEAR” I work with every kind of wardrobe, from those that overfloweth to those half starved of contents. One thing they all have in common? Their owners can’t fathom HOW to wear most of the clothes and accessories inside them.
“CLIMATE CHANGE” We make and buy way too many clothes. Today’s disposable synthetic fashion means wastage is a noxious nightmare. Fashion’s carbon footprint is high above aviation’s, its ethics are hideous, its chemicals toxic, its water-use rapid.. oh, and once it’s in our hands, fashion’s poisonous microfibres escape from our laundry loads and into the stomachs of fish. The solution? To stop demanding ‘more new’ and to work with what already exists.
“TOO MUCH STUFF” If you can’t see the trees for the forest when you open your wardrobe, daily dressing is going to feel overwhelming no matter how many great clothes you have. I’m no Marie Kondo, in fact I’m a maximalist who collects lots of fabulous vintage, but I know how to find the budding beauties being strangled by the overgrowth – and what to do with the rest.
“UNINSPIRED” Throughout your life, you have probably been through phases of good style, and phases of bad, and this is usually determined by other aspects that seem far away from your wardrobe. Becoming a parent might send you backwards, a career change might boost you forward. Weight gain, divorce, weight loss – it can all impact your relationship with your clothes. When you find your wardrobe overwhelming or uninspiring, and this affects your day-to-day happiness, you know it’s time to hire a professional.
“I LOVE VINTAGE… Do you find that whenever you ask that stylish woman in your office or at the supermarket where she got her clothes, she invariably says “it’s vintage”? Annoying, isn’t it? The thing is, vintage elements are guaranteed to add flair and unique style to any wardrobe (and that point’s deserving of another story) – so long as you know what to buy and how to style it.
…BUT I CAN’T WEAR IT!” Oh? So you don’t think vintage suits you? Or you can never find it in your size? Or you usually feel silly in vintage, or you never know which pieces to buy or where to shop or the difference between good vintage and cheap secondhand tat? If you do ever buy it, you don’t know how to wear it or what to wear it with?
You need a personal wardrobe stylist.
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