minimalist's article about conscious buying clothes - rules to buy what we need, considering ethics, environment

How to Buy Clothes? – 8 Rules of Conscious Shopping

Do you want to live a conscious life? Start with buying clothes more reasonably! For the person who wants to grow, every smallest action can be a challenge, a subject to rethink and set it on a better track. So how to buy clothes consciously?

When speaking of clothes purchases, you first need to tear off all layers of marketing messages that want to be the only builders of your thinking about clothes. Market authorities manage to convince millions of people how to buy clothes: what should we like, how many pieces we should have, how often replace them with new ones and so on.

How to buy clothes? 8 rules of conscious shopping

After leaving it all to the side, we can try to get comfortable clothes, gain minimalism in the closet, do economical, ethical and ecological shopping, with the least impact on the environment. Look at all these spheres to create practical sets of clothes for you and your family, not conflicting with the conscious worldview.

Tips on how to buy clothes consciously and without spending too much money

You can take this list with you every time you shop for clothes.

1 | Keep it minimal: Buy only when you need it – not just in case. Ideally, the new item replaces the worn out one

First, why to buy something you do not need and look for a place in the closet for this new item, take care of it, wash it? This rule makes your shopping budget shopping!

Secondly, unfortunately, almost every purchase of clothes (as well as most other things) is applying to the system of slave labor of its producers. So try to replace the question How to buy clothes? with Do I really need to buy it?

Show your middle finger to heartless exploiters and their marketing machines and do not buy anything just because it was in a nice magazine.

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2 | Keep it lovely: Choose clothes without subtitles or images – particularly monstrous animals on clothes for children

Do you want to advertise any companies or silly slogans? Do you want to be signed with a brand or idea? Or to explain to your child that these are the eyes of the car, or that the creature, which resembles nothing, is a cat because the creator of a monstrous product animation said so? I do not want.

If you do not accidentally buy your child a suit with the inscription stinks at the back at the height of diaper – I can only look down on you.

3 | Avoid striped clothes

Striped shirts and sweaters look so cute on little boys… At first glance. Then you realize he has too many striped clothes (when you avoid monsters, subtitles and brand names, the choice that remains is very narrow). And too many stripes make your head sore.

But the most important for me is that stripes so much resemble clothes of prisoners of concentration camps. Sometimes I think maybe it’s planned: governments and big brands want us to be their prisoners and slaves.

4 | Keep it natural: Buy only 100% cotton (or wool, silk, cashmere)

Artificial materials do not heat (thick sweater for winter 100% polyester – and people buy it), they can be terribly full of static, they hinder skin respiration (ie, in the winter you feel cold while sweating).

Being rolled up with the plastic has a negative impact on our health. And also on the environment – from the manufacturing process to fact that the plastic does not decompose.

Do not buy plastic clothes – do not create demand for crap.

A few words about other materials: I do not have any experiences with silk, I think wool is cool, as well as linen – only that you must iron the latter.

how to buy natural clothes

Sweaters that will warm you (wool + cashmere): 1. Grey 2. Pink

Read also: Keep Warm Naturally. Woolen Sweaters, Cardigans and Hoodies ($18-$250)

Be careful when buying 2-packs, 3-packs etc.

I don’t buy much, but I’ve already two times experienced being cheated when buying 2-packs or 3-packs of t-shirts and pants.

The main label of the set said the clothes are 100% cotton.
I’ve checked the label sewed into one piece of the set: 100% cotton.
At home, I’ve found that one thing of the set is cotton with polyester or viscose.
And I got furious.

5 | Keep it comfy: For children – no buttons, collars and other items that might pinch

Convenience over social patterns that stick men in shirts almost from birth, because it’s such sweet ‘n’ sexy.

6 | Keep it neutral: Avoid very bright colors and very dark clothes

Firstly. It is very likely that the color will go off, so the harmful substances will not only remain in the water from the laundry, but also on your skin. And skin absorbs everything that stays on it even only for a few seconds.

Secondly, you make the washing easier when you follow this tip – you limit the number of things suitable only for hand washing.

7 | Keep it simple: Do not buy anything that needs ironing

That’s right. For example, I just put together a life in which I do not need ironing. Among my and my Son’s clothes zero pieces require ironing. I iron maybe two or three times a year when I want to be nice to my Husband.

8 | Refuse packing your new clothes in a plastic bag

If we’re talking about shopping: buying ecologically is not only thinking about the soil and seals, and reducing waste but it is thinking about your own and your children’s health.

Follow these rules on how to buy clothes and enjoy the comfortable and practical wardrobe that does not cost you too much!

Further reading:

See my current set of clothes =>

See my Boys’ set of clothes =>

Step by step guide to decluttering (not only) kids’ wardrobe.

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