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5 Practices to Improve Your Relationship with Clothing

With fast fashion and over consumption trends at an all time high, it can be easy to develop an unfulfilling relationship with your clothing. If you find yourself dissatisfied with your closet and constantly seeking a look that feels right you may want to explore some of these practices. By mindfully building your wardrobe, getting dressed can become a fun experience of self expression!


1. Shop sustainably

Shopping sustainably doesn’t have to be a restrictive practice that narrows down your choices. It is a mindset that considers where and how garments are made, what they are made of and how often you purchase. A great way to shop more sustainably is to visit thrift stores, consignment stores, and online resellers. Giving a product a second loving home not only reduces waste but makes you more intentional with your purchase. The act of sifting through loads of randomized items makes it that much more exciting when you find a gem you love! Shopping from local markets and small businesses that produce in small batches, like E’s Element, is another great source to explore. Sustainability also means choosing high quality items that will last rather than end up in a landfill after a few years.

2. Buy pieces you absolutely love

A great way to build a wardrobe you can play with is by only purchasing items you absolutely love. A piece should be fun to wear! If you look forward to wearing each garment you own, getting dressed will always be an easy experience. It can be difficult to get to this point. Purging through items that no longer serve you can help ensure there's nothing in your closet that leaves you feeling like you have lots of clothes but nothing to wear. By owning only items that feel special your relationship with clothing exceeds necessity and functionality. It creates space for your garments becoming an extension of who you are!

3. Create a budget 

Purchasing clothes can be an impulsive practice. Shopping is fun and there is no shortage of beautiful items that fall on the pricier side! A good way to strike a balance between an abundance of low cost basics and high cost statement pieces is to create a budget. Considering your income, think about how much you can comfortably spend on long lasting basics and super special pieces you’ve had your eye on for a while. Working within a budget can help avoid over spending that results in feeling like clothes are a guilty pleasure. Buying clothes should feel like a justified investment. Buying high quality, hand sewn items like E’s Element Essential Sweatsuit are great investments as they’re not too costly and super durable!

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4. Think modular

A common frustration that contributes to a negative relationship with clothing is lack of identity and style. Oftentimes people get caught up in shopping for their dream, one off pieces that are difficult to match with their existing clothes. This can make getting dressed feel difficult. If you constantly feel stuck while dressing, try to shift to a modular outlook when shopping. When selecting a piece, imagine 3 or more outfits you can make with it based on things you already own. Or if you are reviving your wardrobe, buy items that pair well together and can be mixed and matched. Avoid buying outfits that can only be worn in one combination. A modular wardrobe makes it easy to quickly grab any mix of items and feel good wearing it!

5. Care for your clothes 

Properly caring for your clothes is a reflection of care for yourself and your overall lifestyle. While adhering to specific care instructions can be time consuming, the act of slowing down to preserve and maintain garments is meditative. Try your best to read the label instructions for washing, drying and storing clothes. Maintaining the integrity of a garment helps you avoid having to replace it. Aim to keep your clothes to pass on to a future generation!

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