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Three ways your wardrobe could help you avoid fast fashion

Think about the clothes you are wearing right now. How long have you had them? How often do you wear them? Like me, you’re probably wearing favourites that you always reach for, despite having a wardrobe stuffed with rarely worn clothes.

But still, you might feel the irresistible urge to buy more. In high-income countries, overconsumption of clothing contributes to the climate crisis throughout the accelerating cycle of fashion, from production and distribution to mountains of barely worn clothing waste. It might be true that the most sustainable clothes are the ones we already own, but has the industry convinced you that’s boring?

Caring about what’s inside your wardrobe, while resisting the urge to buy more clothes, might be more fun than you think. As part of my PhD research into what our relationships with our clothes might mean for sustainability in fashion, I’ve been experimenting with these simple and positive ways to reconnect with clothing:

1. Put pen to paper

In 2018, campaign group Fashion Revolution encouraged supporters to write a love story about their most-loved garment. Writing about your clothes can uncover personal stories, gaps in your knowledge and a deeper understanding of why you wear what you wear.

Hands of person in shot, leaning over paper on table
Writing about the garments you own could help reconnect you to the personal meaning of your clothes.
Wendy Ward, Author provided (no reuse)

I have written poems about some of my clothes and started to write break-up letters to each garment that leaves my wardrobe. It’s a mindful process that reminds me of places I’ve been and people I’ve met in a much more vivid way than scrolling through photos on my phone.

A recent break-up letter to a rarely worn jacket helped me to pinpoint exactly why I wasn’t wearing it, and

10+ Essentials for the Chicest Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2024

A spring capsule wardrobe also makes room for those irresistible trend-forward pieces—it is fashion we’re obsessed with, after all. And these days, there’s no It item quite like the aforementioned ladylike jacket. A bit prim, but in the most charming way, standout styles include Khaite’s cheerful off-white option to Mango’s classic tweed take. Similarly chic are barn jackets from Toteme to Everlane that bring the countryside straight to the city streets. Styling-wise, we recommend sporting yours with delightful denim and crisp shirting.  

Then, there’s the elegant white dress, which took the spring 2024 runways by serious storm. And while the LWD is a given in any spring capsule wardrobe, sleek shirtdresses from Cos to Ganni evoke a modern kind of effortlessness. Easy, breezy styles from Staud and Toteme are also high on our spring shopping list. When it comes to the season’s best accessories, no spring roundup could be completed without a sumptuous suede loafer, chic cord belt, or a bold burgundy handbag. (You have the newly-appointed Sabato De Sarno at Gucci to thank for the trending shade.)

Crafting your spring capsule wardrobe has never been easier—or looked chicer—with these 10+ must-have style essentials. Shop our edit, below.

Elegant White Dresses

An LWD is a given in any spring capsule wardrobe, dressed up with a minimalist sandal or down with a chic sneaker. Sleek shirtdresses from Cos, Ganni, and Weekend Max Mara make for effortless everyday dressing, while options from Staud, Toteme, and Khaite transition from commute to cocktail seamlessly. 


collarless maxi shirt dress


V-neck slubbed poplin dress


organic cotton-poplin shirt dress

Ladylike Jackets

Of all the lightweight, transitional outerwear offerings to choose from this spring, none are as charming as the prim and proper ladylike jacket. Err on the edgier side and choose Anine Bing’s leather

‘Digitising’ your wardrobe can help you save money and make sustainable fashion choices

Spring is traditionally the season for a good clean – and maybe a clear out. Taking stock and having a bit of a declutter can freshen things up domestically.

One popular new way of doing this involves targeting your wardrobe by making digital inventories of your clothes – and then tracking what you wear. You note the price, brand and category of your garments (and shoes and bags) and then record how much use they get.

The idea is that having this information can then lead to better choices in the future, whether that’s saving money or having a more sustainable approach to fashion.

And better choices are needed. The clothing industry in Europe is ranked fourth in terms of its detrimental environmental impact after housing, transport and food.

Clothing is heavily underused, with the number of times a garment gets worn reportedly decreasing by 36% globally between 2000 and 2015. In the UK it has been estimated that 65% of women and 44% of men have clothing in their wardrobe which they are yet to wear, while one survey found that many women consider garments worn once or twice to be “old”.

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How to organise your wardrobe in 2024

Ahh a New Year, what better time to introduce a little organisation into your life? Be it a New Year’s Resolution or simply wanting to start 2024 with a clean (and tidy) slate, decluttering your wardrobe is a great chore to cross off the list, early doors. Although, if you ask us, any day is a great day for a wardrobe tidy. Especially if the mountain of clothes on your clothes chair has grown out of control.

Whether they admit it or not, everyone has a clothes chair. It might not actually be a chair, it could be a stool or even just a corner of your room, but it’s a place where you dump clothes if you’re too lazy or tired to put them away properly. To fully banish this bad habit, you need to know how to organise your wardrobe the *right* way.

We know what you’re thinking, surely there is no correct way to organise your clothes? Guess again. We consulted a decluttering expert to make the whole process muchhh less stressful. Elika Gibbs of Practical Princess and Virginia Feacey, Country Manager UK at second-hand designer resale site Rebelle have shared their top tips to help us all lead less cluttered lives.

The results will see not just your wardrobe tidy, but your room too. Plus, it makes a huge difference when it comes to actually getting dressed. When you can actually see all your blazers, dresses, jeans and skirts clearly, styling up outfits will be a dream.

How to organise your wardrobe

1. Start with one big clear-out

Virginia suggests going through every item in your wardrobe and adding it to the following categories:

Side note: this actually works.

If you’re not sure which pile something should go on, try it on! “You may have forgotten

Men’s Wardrobe Essentials: 64 Menswear Pieces to Own in 2024

When it comes to style, we’re guilty of talking about the idea of men’s wardrobe essentials as if everyone knows what the hell we’re rambling on about. But they’re more complicated than, say, the essentials you need to exist in the world: keys, wallet, phone, phone charger. Forge those and you’ll have a miserable day. But when it comes to what you wear, dividing what’s crucial from what’s just nice-to-have—and then finding the stuff that feels like your vibe—takes some energy. Which is where we come in.

Men’s Wardrobe Essentials Checklist

What exactly should a men’s basic wardrobe include? If we’re talking about the atomic-level, just-arrived-on-Earth necessities, we end up with a list of five or six staples that’s almost useless in its vagueness: underwear, socks, a shirt, pants, shoes, maybe a jacket depending on where you call home. So we’ve pulled together a more specific starter pack of men’s essentials. One that—in our opinion—covers almost every need short of a black-tie gala.

34 Clothing essentials for every man’s wardrobe | British GQ

While the temptation is all too real to follow in the footsteps of Elton John when it comes to sunglasses, even the whackiest of men’s style icons have a classic pair of wayfarers, aviators or clubmasters for lower-key moments. These are best done in black or rich tortoiseshell acetate, and can add a touch of luxe with gold or silver hardware (see Tom Ford Eyewear and Ray-Ban) or the subtle flex of a designer logo at the temples. Keep this with you whenever there’s the tease of sunshine on the forecast, and save those more statement cat eye and matrix shapes for bigger ‘fits.

A black suit

Be it for a black tie event or a funeral, the black suit is a versatile staple for your tailoring collection. There are few smarter looks than a black suit, white shirt, black tie combo, but there’ll be plenty of ways to level up your looks in head-to-toe black or with a chunky pair of Derbies. Plus, you’ll likely get lots of use out of the trousers on their own.

A statement ring

The best way to flesh out your ‘fits? With some almighty accessories, of course. Take a page from the style book of Mr Mescal amid others and edge-up new-season looks with a flash of metal, silver or gold atop your fingers. You’re bound to discover you’re a hand-talker in no time.

Spinelli Kilcollin ‘Sirius’ 18kt gold ring

Le Gramme sterling silver ring

Tom Wood ‘Step’ sterling-silver ring

A pair of technical trousers

Sitting somewhere between a jogger and cargo pant aesthetically, but in the altogether lighter and more breathable fabrication of nylon, polyester, or a mix of the two, the technical trouser has become a very popular choice for those who favour the utilitarian look. Often coming with the functional

Office Clothes for Women: 11 Essentials That Every Work Wardrobe Needs

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Summer has officially reached peak heat, thus prompting the daily question of what to wear to work that is both chic and cool at the same time.The goal is to strike the ideal balance of sophistication and stylishness in the perfect pleated trouser, ultra-crisp white shirting, and seriously sleek skirts. But by way of labels like Toteme, Proenza Schouler, and Cos, who create luxurious pieces of trendy professional clothes, there are several smart tricks to try when shopping for the best office clothes for women.

Vogue’s Summer Workwear Wish List:

If you’re planning to embark on a workwear-friendly wardrobe overhaul, shirting is a solid starting point. Look for soft materials to launch your way back into something resembling desk-side polish—we love the classic styles from Anine Bing and Vince. For those of us who are ready to embrace some form of structure, a trusty blazer is the definition of understated elegance. Luckily, lightweight versions, like Everlane’s bright white offering to Zara’s linen version, are cool

How to make your wardrobe sustainable

Will’s sportswear wardrobe includes skiwear, which he only wears once a year. It’s an area ripe for the rental market, says Williams. Will could rent out his ski gear for most of the year, keeping the items in use and making some extra money on the side. EcoSki is one specialist skiwear rental platform in the UK, although many fashion platforms also offer the category. The danger is that, through regular use, the items may not last as long, but the growing professionalism of the rental market to include things like insurance encourages renters to look after and prolong the life of garments.

How to create a sufficient wardrobe

At the start of our wardrobe audits, the three of us had one key trait in common: we all owned more clothes than were deemed “sufficient” by the Hot or Cool Institute. We now have another: despite the report’s allowance of five new items per year, none of us feels the urge to buy that much. Personally, I’ll be investing in new swimwear – mine has lost its shape (and I’m a regular swimmer) – but that’s it. Martha will continue to buy leggings, but look into alternatives.

“Honestly, I don’t feel I need anything,” says Will. “My flip-flops have seen better days, but it doesn’t feel urgent. The football team I support has released a really nice new shirt, and in my defence I haven’t bought a new one since 2013. But after the audit I am struggling to justify purchasing one.”

So is there a formula for auditing a wardrobe, for making better clothing choices? While there is “no silver bullet”, Williams suggests splitting your existing wardrobe into two categories: investment and cost. “For items that you love and wear, that you feel good about, that reflect your identity

The Wardrobe Essentials and Staples That Should Be in Your Closet in 2023

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Spring has officially sprung, and with that, we bid adieu to those wintery pieces that have dominated our closets over the last several months. The start of a new season is also often synonymous with change, whether it’s to improve personal routines, set and manifest goals, or even make a sartorial shift—a fresh idea about how you’d like to dress for the remainder of the year. Maybe you’re rethinking how to approach your style, cleaning out your closet of unworn items of the past, or looking to update and elevate your collection of wardrobe essentials altogether.

Our Essential Edit: 

To help, the Vogue Shopping team has gathered a robust list of our favorite, most versatile pieces we consider to be foundational for any closet. Pared back but never boring, these are the wardrobe essentials our editors find themselves turning to season after season, the mainstay items, and the pieces we’re loving for 2023. And while we’ll still welcome irresistible seasonal and trend-forward pieces like quilted shell jackets and sleek denim midiskirts—it’s fashion we’re obsessed with, after all!—we know those need

What’s the ideal amount of clothing in a sustainable wardrobe?

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Why this group thinks you can — and should — only have 85 items of clothing

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How many pieces of clothing do you think you have in your wardrobe? In today’s world of fast fashion, easy online shopping and ever-changing trends, chances are it’s way too many.

Now, a new report from a Berlin sustainability think-tank, the Hot or Cool Institute, lays out how many items of clothing the average person in a four-season G20 country such as ours really needs: 85 (keep in mind that includes coats and shoes, but not underwear and accessories). 

Going by the institute’s math, that works out to about 23 outfits total, which they say can include one to four pieces of clothing.

The report notes we need to drastically reduce our clothing consumption if we’re going to meet the 1.5 C target of the Paris Agreement.

“Current trends in fashion consumption, in particular fast fashion, cannot be maintained if we aim to achieve a fair and just transition to climate neutrality,” the authors say.

That number 85 falls within what the institute calls a “fair consumption space,” defined as “a space where consumption levels stay below environmentally unsustainable levels yet above sufficiency levels that allow individuals to fulfil their basic needs.” 

It assumes the average person needs workwear, home wear, sports

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