3 CLOSET STAPLES
BY SAM BALZANO
Spring is the time of year that most people decide to revamp their wardrobe. With fresh blooms outside and longer, sunnier days, it makes sense that someone would be looking to clean out and refresh their closet. Spring cleaning is a reviving time for your home & closet, but we often forget about the impact of cleaning out these spaces. Out with the old and in with the new can be a damaging mindset, especially in the fashion industry. It is hard to resist the temptation of being trendy, but sticking with some long-lasting basics to build around in your closet can make keeping up with the fashion industry much more practical for you & the environment.
1. QUALITY DENIM
The number one item that is worth investing in for your closet is a good pair of denim. From season to season and year to year, the right pair of jeans can carry your entire wardrobe. There is a reason the Levi Brand has been around for over a hundred years and has become a staple in the denim industry. Whether it is social or environmental justice, Levi is making constant progress toward being a sustainable and ethical brand. The Ribcage Straight is perfect for keeping up with the trends but is also a great fit on many different body types.
2. A GRAPHIC T
Some things never go out of style, and one of those is graphic T-shirts. It is a great way to express your personal style, & the ways to wear one shirt can be endless. Incorporate some not-so-basics from Dazey LA, a handmade to order company that focuses on slow fashion and empowering its customers. While they sell other clothing and art on their website, their graphic T’s are truly the easiest way to make a statement.
There is one item in your closet that is truly made to be used year-round, and it is a good bag. You typically wouldn’t find the words ethical and leather in the same phrase, but Able is not your typical brand. Able focuses on employing and empowering women as a solution to end poverty. Their bags are made out of leather that is sustainably recycled from the meatpacking industry, so you can feel good about where your leather came from and feel confident the person making your bag is being paid liveable wages. The Elvia Tote is the perfect bag to keep what you need close by and organized all year long.
If you are looking to get rid of some items that no longer receive love in your home, it is always important to consider where they end up. In our home, we have three ways we try to maximize the benefits of a closet clean-out. The first tool I use is by posting on resale websites, like Poshmark. Although this can be time-consuming, this is where you are more likely to make a profit on your items. After attempting the most profit, next, there are options like Plato’s closet or consignment stores. Here you will make a smaller profit, but you will still be helping to minimize clothing waste. Lastly, it is important to donate any lightly used items to a local organization or places like Goodwill and Salvation Army to help make a lasting positive impact in your community.