When it comes to adopting a green lifestyle, the buck does not stop at opting for sustainable fabrics. Reducing wasteful splurges and one-time wear ensembles can also go a long way in becoming a green fashionista. According to a UNECE report, almost 85 per cent of textiles produced end up in the landfill annually while washing clothes releases 500,000 tons of microfibers into the ocean each year...equivalent to 50 billion plastic bottles.
Solution? Well, it's time to get creative to re-style and re-wear the clothes that you already own. It's 2020 and sustainable fashion is more than a buzz word now. Issa lifestyle. Self-confessed clothes repeater and celebrity stylist Aastha Sharma shares how to prep your closet for a sustainable lifestyle.
"I regularly repeat my clothes and I love doing that because if I bought something it is because I loved it and don’t want it to go waste. So, I try to invest as much as I can into clothes that I can wear again and again. I just style it differently each time. You can make it grungey or sexy just by changing accessories, hair or makeup. This can completely change around an outfit without much effort," she says. Check out her suggestions for your wardrobe staples:
Sustainable Fashionistas, Stylist-Approved Ways to Re-wear Your Faves
"Get creative. Most of the times, the blouse of your lehenga can be worn with a sari, the lehenga can itself be paired with a white shirt, t-shirt or you can just change the whole look of the ensemble with different separates."
"I recently got myself a lehenga with a hip-length long choli made from 'itr'. I wanted to wear it again and again, so, I got the lehenga in a light colour in case I needed to wear it with a different top. I would suggest not opting for a heavy outfit that you just cannot wear again."
Easy, breezy maxi dresses
"You can keep repeating your maxi dresses. Wear them as is or grunge it up with a pair of leather boots, leather belt or jacket. You can also keep it sexy by wearing it with stilettos and a pair of earrings and bold lip colour."
Repeat jackets like a pro
"Some of your separates such as cool jackets are great for changing the look and vibe of an outfit. Pair a jacket with different outfits such as dress, shorts…I think I really like to concentrate on jackets to repeat outfits."
"So, you can wear kaftans with Indian jewellery for a wedding with a choker and chandbalis to transform and make it look really different from when you wear it at the beach with contemporary, minimal jewellery, hair and makeup."
Slay in saris
"Pre-stitched saris are excellent to re-wear. There are some with embellished and jacket blouses. Each piece can be worn to a different occasion. So, with the jacket sari, you remove the sari and just wear it as a dress for a party. "
"Then you can wear the sari for a wedding with traditional Indian jewellery. Each piece can be styled in 2-3 different ways and you can wear them with boots, stilettos and as dresses, you can even wear them with sneakers.