Gallery: 5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Green Your Wardrobe

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As Inhabitat’s fashion editor, I spend a lot of time (yes, a tad bit little longer than is required for my job) perusing through seriously crave-worthy fashions, from the frilly and ethereal, to the haunting and hardcore. That being said, looking at all of these beautiful clothes can be very bittersweet when you’re working with a less than rockstar budget. In fact, one of the biggest complaints I hear about ethical and eco-conscious fashion is that it is just too expensive! I definitely acknowledge the fact that buying a lot of these labels is not cheap, but you have to admit that it makes sense that clothing using the latest and most innovative fabrics and paying fair wages to local people would be more pricey. I try my best to save up and buy my favorite eco-chic pieces when they go on sale to support the cause, but who says you need to spend big bucks to rock a look that is both green and cutting edge? Here are 5 easy and supercheap ways to green your wardrobe by using your noggin instead of your benjamins.

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  1. patis1km September 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    This is a fantastic idea for the economically-challenged among us. I have never been much of a seamstress, but I can at least alter my clothes so that they last longer. When jeans wear out, sweaters fit wierd or shirts get holes in them, I try to whip up solutions that are fun and different. Not only to alternative solutions save you money, but they give you a chance to be creative and revamp an entire wardrobe.

    A good place to start is to collect fabrics (either remnants from craft/retail stores or old garments/bedclothes) and make a good stash. Use up that ugly fabric on lining torn purses or patching a pair of pants. Even haphazard knee patches on an old pair of jeans make for an interesting conversation piece and fashion statement. Not only that, you can convert pillowcases into handbags or old shirts into bandanas.

    I have a terrible habit of getting stains or holes in my university T-shirts, and have a whole stack of ’em just wasting space. Instead of letting them sit there, I could make car pillows, stuffed animals, purses or headbands out of them. Whatever your skill-set with sewing, there are alternative clothing options for everyone (though making good friends with a sewing whiz helps a lot). Best of luck to fellow wardrobe wizards out there!

  2. August 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Love the fact you are championing ways to green up your wardrobe…I wanted to let you know about which is an affordable ethical fashion website to suit the most credit crunched of budgets…check us out I set up Bochica precisely because I couldn’t afford the majority of ethical fashion out there….hope you like the site

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