Good morning and happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend! It’s crazy to think that school is already back in action and fall is quickly approaching. It’s almost time to put those sun dresses away and start digging out the jeans and chunky sweaters! On that note, if you’re in need of a wardrobe refresh I thought I would share some fun (and eco-friendly!) ways you can add a few “new” pieces to your closet this fall without breaking the bank!
It’s so easy to just swipe your card or stockpile your cart with an online order and spend a bunch of money on items you may not even NEED which is why I’ve been keeping a close eye on what I’ve been buying lately and working to reduce the number of items I bring into my home. Also, it’s great to recognize a “want” and a “need” when it comes to shopping for clothes. However, I have a few ideas below that will not only help to give your wardrobe a little revamp but it’ll also help out your bank account and the environment too!
1. Go Thrifting
Up until now, I never did much thrifting but it’s something that seems to be on my radar more thanks to Sarah Nicole (aka The Birds Papaya)! If you follow along with Sarah over on her Instagram stories you’ll know she has a PASSION for thrifting and always shares her thrifting adventures! I have to admit, she makes it look like so much fun and she’s always finding awesome clothes (at a fraction of the cost!) that you would never find anywhere else!
Check out the picture below of her in action and take a peek at her recent blog post for more thrifting inspo: The Day my Thrifting Dreams Came True.
Thrifting is the PERFECT way to spend an afternoon with your girlfriends if you’re looking for something new and fun to do! In fact, make it a challenge and see who can find the most stylish items, and make the cutest outfit! It’s also awesome for halloween costumes or themed parties. Not to mention, half the cost as well!
2. Shop in Your Friends Closet
My cousin Tori and I swap clothes all the time and it’s known around my house that all of my friends, family, (and Team Jilly!) have an open invitation into my closet! I would WAY rather them borrow something of mine than spend the money to buy something brand new!
3. Host a Clothing Swap
This is one step further from shopping in your friends closet, we ALL have items in our wardrobe that we’re tired of wearing and keeping around. So, gather up all of those items and ask your friends, family, and even co-workers to do the same and host a clothing swap! It’s so much fun to sip on some wine, indulge in a few snacks, and shop from the comfort of your home! At the end of the night everyone gets to get rid of their “old” clothes and come home with something new and whatever gets left behind can be donated!
4. Re-purpose Your Clothes
Have you ever cut your old jeans and turned them into shorts? LOL! I totally remember so many people doing this and they always turned out so cute! If you and your friends have a pile of clothes that you’re wanting to get rid of, FIRST see what you want to swap with each other and THEN see if there are any items in the pile that can easily be re-purposed and give them a new life! Some of you may recall, I did this with one of my grandmothers blouses, I took it in and had it altered and now I get to take a little piece of her with me everywhere I go along with a cute new top!
A Few Other Things to Keep in Mind …
1. Buy from Eco-friendly Brands
Let’s face it, most of us will probably never be able to fully eliminate buying clothes BUT we can shop from places that are eco-friendly and have sustainable practices! I recently wrote a blog all about this and it gives so many amazing companies that you can shop from that are doing great things for the environment! You can read all about that, here!
2. Always Use Reusable Bags
This is such an easy thing to do and it’s a really easy habit to get into! I always carry reusable bags in my car and bring them in with me when when I know I’m going to be buying something! Reusable bags are also a great gift for your friends and family because they can be used for so many different things and you’re also helping them become more eco-friendly! It’s a win-win! LOL! I found some really cute reusable bags below that would be perfect for gifting!
If you also have any other ideas on ways to make shopping more eco-friendly PLEASE let me know in the comments below, I’m always on the hunt for new ideas!