The way to Construct a Inexperienced & Sustainable Menswear Wardrobe

published on July 2, 2020

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette
In today's video, we discuss 9 ways

how you can make your wardrobe more
green and sustainable

It's a well-known issue that the garment industry and the
manufacturing of clothing contributes to

labor abuses in low-cost countries to
the abuse of natural resources and last

but not least, to hyper-consumerism
especially fast fashion brands take

advantage of the ever-increasing rate of
turnover trends and fashion seasons in

clothing that exploits insecurities in
men which in turn leads to them buying

every time something new comes out and
throwing the old stuff away

By the way, this is obviously not an issue for men,
but for women and children as well

I mean though that's bad, unfortunately,
there's no way to make your wardrobe

100% green and sustainable All clothes
are made from some form of raw material

that is an either spun or woven into
fabric that is dyed and the final

product is typically shipped around the
globe to get to the end consumer

All these stages have environmental impacts;
some more than others, but they all do to a certain extent

Now as a consumer, it is
basically impossible to opt-out of the

supply chain unless you decide to go
naked all the time,

or maybe herd your own sheep, spin your own yarn and make your own clothes

However, to say with Anne-Marie Bonneau: "We don't need a handful of people who do

zero waste perfectly We need millions of
people who do it imperfectly

because that has a much
bigger impact on our environment and the

green aspect" So rather than starting for
perfection and feeling guilty about

having interest in clothes, it's better
to use a few ways to reduce your impact,

on your footprint, to create a more green
and sustainable wardrobe

So how can you be more sustainable? Well first of all, always ask yourself what is the real

impact of the thing I'm buying here
right now? For instance, just about every

fabric, natural or not, has an impact on
the environment Even something like

bamboo, but is really popular right now
that uses viscose derived from bamboo

plants which are renewable and grow fast
That can also have an impact in the

sense that maybe rainforest is destroyed
to grow more bamboo

Fortunately, in this day and age, there are lots of companies who talk about how their

things are made, what kind of materials
they use, and what impact that whole

thing has on the environment So for
example, if you buy a blazer in a nylon

or polyester blend, it will likely age
very quickly and after two or three

seasons, you'll see peeling and you'll
probably want to throw away the whole

thing On the flip side, you get a hundred
percent wool blazer, you can probably

wear it for ten years or several decades
to come Which brings us to point number

two, invest in quality rather than
quantity Frankly, one of the easiest

things you can do as a consumer is to
buy your clothing more intentionally but

less frequently For example, a sweater in
a timeless style with a high quality

yarn is something that you can probably
wear over the course of 30 years and

obviously, that is much more sustainable
than buying a cheap sweater out of a

short, stable material at a lower cost in
a trendy pattern that will peel just a

few times after you wear it Personally, I
try to avoid buying things if I can't

trace back the origins especially if the
item is new If a company can't get me

detailed information about the yarn they
use, the staple length, and what goes into

making the product, I rather skip it and
buy from a company that can give me

those answers because that way, I know I
buy quality and not a crap

3 Even though the concept of a green or
sustainable wardrobe may not resonate

with you, think about it from a resource
perspective, not just for mother nature

but also for your own wallet Typically, a
green or sustainable wardrobe is more

intentional, more satisfying, and also
less wasteful and you typically spend

less money on it in
a long term rather than buying cheap stuff

left or right without any thought
through concept Why? Well, because it's

filled with useful, versatile and
high-quality pieces that don't have to

be replenished very often and that will
stand the test of time And that means

you have to invest a whole lot less
money and isn't that nice if it can use

that money and buy something else for it?
The fourth thing you can do for a more

sustainable wardrobe is to dig a little
deeper into yourself and what you want

and develop your own style that is
independent of current fashion movements

If you think you know your style already,
well, have you ever bought something that

you never really ended up wearing? If you
have, then chances are you haven't quite

nailed your style yet Reality is, we all
make mistakes

The beauty of mistakes is that we can
learn from them So if you have bought

something in the past that you didn't
end up wearing, ask yourself why, why did

I not end up wearing it? Why did I buy it
in the first place? then as follow-up

questions ask yourself, how do you want
to be perceived? Also, how does outfit X Y

or Z or that certain garment make you feel?
Because if something makes you feel good

the way you stand, the way you've walked,
when you look, really radiates that feeling

Also, analyze your wardrobe and
ask what are the garments I wear over

and over again? Then figure out what
makes you keep coming back to them Is it

the fit, the color, is it maybe just the
convenience of it, what is it?

Once you've mastered that, you can ask
yourself what does an ideal wardrobe for

me look like? A sad question that can be,
what do I value the most in clothing?

Is it comfort, versatility, simplicity, or
quality? You figure it out

The whole purpose of asking these questions is that,
you come up with a style that works for you,

your personality, and what makes you feel
good That means, you can wear it consistently

You will always be
perceived as well-dressed and it always

provides a certain confidence because
you chose this exact outfit for your

very own reasons; and that means you're
not just following a new trend because it's hip right now

Now best of all, once you've
found your style and nailed it, you can

wear the same things over and over again
in different combinations; but because of

that you will buy less which will save
you money

5 Stop impulse buying

Why? Well its rarely a way to really improve your
wardrobe but at the same time, chances

are very high that you're just wasting money
It leads to you buying things that you

were just coming across and you buy them
on a whim but it's not actually

something that fills the gaps in your
current wardrobe, and because of that

it's likely not very versatile If you
resist your impulse and go with your

plan, you're much less likely to end up
with junk that ends up in your wardrobe

just because it was 90% on sale but it
doesn't really suit a purpose

What's a sixth way to be more sustainable?
Well, simply throw away less clothing

Of course, throwing away fewer of your clothes

starts with buying fewer of the wrong
things in the first place So next time

you face an impulse buy or something
that pleases your eye, ask yourself these

questions: how long will this piece last
my wardrobe and for how many years am I

gonna wear it? Be honest, not romantic
How many times will I wear it before I

toss it? And if I toss it, will I do so
because I don't like this style anymore

and times have changed, or will I
toss it because it's so delicate that it

will have worn out? If any of those
questions indicate that you won't have

this piece for a long time, simply don't
buy it

7 A fantastic way to be green and
sustainable is to buy a vintage or

secondhand clothing
I know, vintage clothes are often

referred to as dead man's clothing and
some people are turned off by that; but

personally, I love vintage second-hand
clothes For me it all started not with a

mindset of wanting to be sustainable in
green, but simply by striving for quality,

not having a budget for it as a highschool student

Now often, vintage clothes or second-hand
clothes have the connotation of you

being broke and not being able to buy
something new that you can afford,

however, even though I am now at a point
where I could afford to only have

custom-made pieces for me, I still love
vintage clothing

because they have wonderful fabrics, they
have cuts in styles and details, that are

simply hard to find these days and I
just appreciate buying something that

has a history So while it's true that a
vintage clothes are often a whole lot

less expensive than new clothes, you also
buy something that has already been

produced and so you have a much smaller
impact; because most of the time these

garments would just be recycled and
reused to make into an inferior garment

This way, you just stop buying new things
and because of that, new manufacturers

produce fewer new things To learn more
about how to dress like a gentleman on a

budget, check out this video and if you
want to see how I go about in a vintage

store; what I look for so don't waste
time and find the stuff I want, please

check out this in-depth guide here
Furthermore, many vintage pieces are a

rather high quality because after all
those years, they're still in good enough

shape to be resold If you want to see my
favorite vintage items that I bought, or

my overcoat collection which is really
mostly made of second-hand vintage

pieces, check out this video here
Personally, I'd also urge you to think

outside of the realm of clothing You can
find fantastic vintage secondhand

furniture glassware, China, and so forth;
basically anything relative to interior

design and dedicated stores at places
like eBay or Etsy, but also local estate

sales Today I love vintage goods not
only because of their quality, but also

because of their unique character that
you can't find in run-of-the-mill stuff

that you buy in stores that's produced a
thousand times over No one else will

have this dining room set with those
wonderful chairs, that you put together

this stuff from Craigslist By shopping
vintage, you'll also become aware of

great brands that have good quality that
have stood the test of time And once my

wife and I, we bought a couch from Hancock and Moore that was the second hand and

we loved it so much that any couch
come forward will be guaranteed from this

manufacturer even if we have to buy it
new Unless of course, we reupholster the

old couch because it has such good bones
Which brings us to point number eight:

Care and repair,
don't just throw things away

Well-cared-for clothes will not only last you
longer but also look much better with age

So rather than just throwing
something away ask yourself, can I fix it?

Of course, it all has to make sense
Mending a $70 H&M jacket for $100 is

probably not wise because you could buy a
new one for less and the jacket in

general is not meant to be worn for a
long time

The flipside is $2,000 sport coat that
you picked up for 25 bucks at Goodwill

should be mended for $100 because it
has a whole lot of wear left in it

So the big question is, how do you care for
your clothes and protect your investment

and at the same time become more green
and sustainable? Well honestly, in most

cases you don't even have to spend money
bringing your stuff to a dry cleaner

Oftentimes, a bit of steam helps, a nice
clothes brush and if you want to learn

more about how you can really care for
your wardrobe please check out our

in-depth series where you cover anything:
from ironing to washing a sweater or

even a suit; and also how to get rid of
smells of vintage clothes that you may

buy Some times repairing things also
means think of it outside of the box

For example, I had this red sweater from Polo
Ralph Lauren that was pretty old and I

loved wearing it and eventually I wore
it out on my elbows so I just bought a

bit of red leather and had elbow patches
sewn on and now it has many more years

of wear left in it Now, even if your
clothes do wear out, for example, your

shirts where the interlining is visible
and the color is basically falling apart;

you can still wear that stuff around the
house, maybe for cooking, right when you

have fat splatters or maybe for gardening
Last but not the least, the ninth thing you

can do to build a more sustainable
wardrobe, is to invest in versatile

pieces In the past, we introduced you to a
capsule wardrobe and you can learn more

about it here At its core, the idea of a
capsule wardrobe is that, you can pair

anything with anything else Now while
that's very extreme, and you sometimes

may want to wear a velvet dinner jacket
that doesn't combine with anything else

in your wardrobe, there are certain items
such as a navy blazer that can be worn

with a matching pair of pants for a suit,
or maybe with a pair of jeans, a pair of

chinos, or gray flannels
It's just a very versatile garment and

if you buy those pieces that work very
well with other stuff, it's going to be

very easy for you to combine something
It means you buy less, it also means you

save money, and you're just going to be
much happier because when you travel you

are just very flexible in what you can
wear For example, the same is true for a

pair of cufflinks that you buy That goes
with a lot of outfits or let's say you

invest in the Fort Belvedere belt system
with different buckles and belts That

way, you could buy three belts, maybe
three buckles that give you nine

options to basically cover you for all
the occasions you will need them for; so

rather than buying nine belts, you're
buying just three, but you get the

versatility of nine So obviously, smart
modular systems of that nature will help

you keep a smaller ecological footprint
and build a greener and more sustainable

wardrobe
In today's video, I'm wearing a vintage tweed

sport coat which I found at Brimfield,
which is the largest outdoor flea market

in the US It cost about 30 bucks, its made
from a nice Donegal tweed and has these

beautiful football leather buttons
I'm combining it with a striped shirt from

Italian maker Siniscalchi, which is a very
expensive bespoke maker but I bought

the shirt used about 15 years ago
You know the fabric is very thin and

breathable, this is of high quality and
has last until now I'm combining it

with a Wool Challis Tie from Fort
Belvedere in Burgundy with Yellow Dots

and a Wool Silk Pocket Square likewise from Fort Belvedere which you can

both find in our shop here The tie bar
is vintage, I picked up for three bucks

My cufflinks are modeled after Monkey
Fist knots, they're made out of solid

sterling silver that is heavily gold-plated and it will never rub off and I

can pass them down to my great-grandchildren one day The ring I'm wearing is

gold with a citrine stone they also
bought in Brimfield at a flea market at

the then, current gold price My shoes are
not vintage but they're in a burgundy

color which is extremely versatile and I
can wear this kind of color for a

business event, I can wear it for a
casual event and it's probably the most

versatile shoe color a man can have
To an anchor point of the outfit I

chose to wear a pair of mustard yellow
cotton chinos that I had made for me

in Sri Lanka years ago I tied it together
with a pair of Shadow Striped Socks in

Brown and Beige from Fort Belvedere, and
a burgundy belt that matches the shoes

and a gold buckle both from the Fort
Belvedere belt system which you can find in

our shop here

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