curated vintage & pre-loved clothes
Why buy new when there is so much out there?
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure…
Soul Dressing is about encouraging you to embrace your own style and be conscious about how you get it. Before you buy new clothes, consider where they come from, what materials were used in their production, the carbon footprint involved in shipping them to the shop you are buying them from. Clothes come from natural resources and we should pay our respects to mother nature for providing us with such abundant array of resources, however we all know they are not unlimited.
I once read in a book by Sharon Gannon that the idea of “throw away” does not really exist because there is neither “away” or Planet B. This really sunk in. We must think again about what we throw away, seeing it not as waste but as an opportunity.
Some interesting facts:
The clothing industry is bursting at the seams, it’s estimated that between 80 and 100 billion pieces of clothing are produced globally each year. In the United Kingdom alone more than 206,456 tonnes of textile waste is produced each year and only 25% of it is either reused or recycled. With the average household owning around £4,000 worth of clothes. You can read more here: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200710-why-clothes-are-so-hard-to-recycle
Here are some tips to tackle those bulging wardrobes:
Say no to clutter: When was the last time you really delved into your clothes, shoes and accessories and thought about what you wear or don’t wear? You might not manage to do it all in one go but it’s worth making time to go through your things, matching up clothes and accessories to make new combinations. During this process you may also want to make a ‘maybe’ pile of clothes, for those items you’re just not sure whether to keep or get rid of. You can always come back to that pile at a later date, or maybe decide to wear them again a few times to help you make the decision. You can always watch Marie Kondo wonderful tips for decluttering and tidying here https://learn.konmari.com/?campaign=WPNav
Know what you own and save money: Research shows that around 30% of clothing in wardrobes has not been worn for at least a year, so there may just be some forgotten pieces in there for you to enjoy again. This is a great way to see how you can make the best of what you’ve got instead of buying more.
Embrace your style to avoid unwanted purchases: Getting to know what suits you will help you decide what you need in your wardrobe and avoid the unnecessary clutter of those items that are bought and never worn. Choosing the clothes you like, and not the ones dictated by fashion, will ensure that when you open your wardrobe you will actually want to wear what’s in there. It doesn’t have to be lots, but key pieces that match up to make different looks are a great asset to your wardrobe.
If you’re done, pass it on: When you’ve completed your wardrobe sort-out there are lots of easy ways for you to get rid of items that can be worn again, and maybe make a bit of money too. Even if you think that something is well and truly past its best please don’t throw in the general waste bin, clothing can be recycled and used for other purposes.
You can always SELL, DONATE, SWAP, FIX, REPURPOSE, UP-CYCLE OR RECYCLE.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Second hand clothes on sale or return
In order to help a circular economy, we will buy your clothes on a sale or return basis. If your clothes don’t sell within 2 months, we will either return them to you or we will donate them to a local charity of your choice. We will work on a 70/30 commission, for whatever item we sell you will get 30% of the purchase price. Please only bring clothes in good condition that you would like to see going to a good home. Think of the clothes as having a soul.
Donations by appointment only. Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07986825055.