With back to school shopping season upon us, a few helpful tips for parents wanting to save some money, save the planet, and save their kid’s sense of style.
1. Buy what they’ll wear, and wear often
Just as I do when thrift shopping for myself, buy clothing your kids will wear regularly, preferably weekly. It saves money and reduces waste, and makes your life a whole lot simpler.
2. Stick with classic, timeless styles
Don’t fall into the trendy trap of clothing that’ll go out of style as quickly as it came in. Classics offer great style and flexibility, and reduce the amount of clothing that gets discarded.
3. Build a wardrobe with basics, but add some color for fun
Stick with a basic palette of neutrals for flexibility, but don’t be afraid to add some bright, even daring color with a few items.
4. Avoid fast-fashion brands
It’s a no-brainer I know, but beyond the eco-damage these brands do to the planet, they usually aren’t durable and may break down after only a few washes.
5. Layers, layers, layers
Even in warmer climates, layering is a great way to style and gain more use out of warm season clothes. That T-shirt worn in summer will be great under a sweater, which can be layered under a jacket as Fall gives way to Winter.
6. Don’t forget to pay it forward
Kids often outgrow their clothes before they wear out, especially when you stick with well-made clothing. It’s a chance to donate them so others can enjoy them.
By shopping smart (and shopping secondhand) we can look great, save money and be kind to the planet, and that’s a very good thing.
~ Sophia Hall @makegood
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