To Buy or Not To Buy? The Conscious Shopping Guide

The more I learn about the ethics of the fashion industry, the more I realize that there are a ridiculous number of ways you can contribute to this movement. But today, I want to draw your attention to probably the easiest way to start being a conscious shopper.

It boils down to asking yourself 3 very important questions before making any purchase when shopping, which I summarized in the image below!

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Do you need it?

I mean, will your toes freeze off in this Canadian winter if you don’t buy those boots, or are they just so stinkin’ cute that you neeeeed them?

Do you love it?

Ok, so maybe you don’t truly need those cute boots. But is there something about them that is so hard to find in other boots? If you’re going to walk out of that store and forget about them in 30 minutes, they’re not worth it. But if you can’t stop thinking about it…

Will you wear it 30 times?

This comes from one of Livia Firth’s pieces of advice when it comes to shopping smarter.  She suggests thinking about whether or not you are going to wear the item 30 times before buying it. I did the math, and that ends up being 5 times a month if you’re wearing it 6 months a year, but if you’re planning to keep it for longer than just one season (which you better be!), then that’s 2.5 wears a month for the two seasons. When you think of it that way, it really puts it into perspective. Will you actually be wearing this, or are you just buying it for fun?

So there you have it; 3 simple questions that have to potential to completely revolutionize your way of shopping. Try it out sometime, eh? Your conscience, environment, and wallet will thank you!

Got any other sneaky tricks to help you make a decision about a purchase? Let me know in the comments below!

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