6 Tips for a Sustainable Wardrobe

6 Tips for a Sustainable Wardrobe

You're probably familiar with the basics like avoiding fast fashion brands, upcycling, and thrifting, but what about those secret sustainable moves that fly under the radar? Let's explore some other options you might not have considered! 

1. Custom-Sizing Magic 

Let's face it: off-the-rack sizes are tricky. The solution could be to give made-to-measure a try. Thief&Bandit is all about embracing your unique curves and edges. By choosing custom-sized pieces, you're not only ensuring a great fit but also reducing textile waste in our landfills. Say goodbye to the "almost fits" and hello to a wardrobe that honours your body's every contour. It's time to wear your confidence with expert tailoring. 

 woman in gold and black printed mushroom turtleneck and skirt

2. Bespoke Prints

Why settle for digital mass produced graphic prints when you can invest in hand-printed textiles that tell a story? Our designs at Thief&Bandit begin as ink sketches drawn by Thief&Bandit owner and creative director, Amie Cunningham. Her world of flora and fauna, strange creatures, and moody landscapes tell a unique story. Her distinctive hand and the soft texture of the ink (which we screen print in house) feels like wearing a piece of art. 

table featuring art supplies, paints and drawings 

3. Swap for Something Fresh

Gather your friends, bring those pieces you've fallen out of love with, and trade for something fresh. It's like shopping without the guilt trip. By swapping, you're giving pre-loved clothes a new lease on life and preventing them from languishing in the back of your closet. 


4. The Art Of Visible Mending

Got a favourite piece with a stubborn tear? Think twice before tossing it and consider visible mending. Grab some colourful threads and stitch that tear into a statement and celebrate the imperfections. Your patched-up piece becomes a symbol of resilience.

Not skilled in the hand-embroidery department? Try covering your stain or rip with one of our patches!

denim jacket with sewn on patches of birds, rabbits, mushrooms, flowers

5. Cost Per Wear Charm

Let's talk about being a conscious consumer with a hint of economics. Instead of filling your closet with cheap, fleeting trends, invest in high-quality pieces from independent designers. Sure, they might have a higher upfront cost, but consider the cost per wear. These timeless gems are built to last, saving you money in the long run. Plus, by supporting local designers, you're nurturing your community and encouraging a sustainable fashion ecosystem.

Here's a testimonial from one of our customers: "Your pieces are extremely durable! I'm going on 5 years with the first few things I ordered from you and they are barely worn-looking!! Thank you for producing a product that stands the test of time" S. Varten


6. Capsule Wardrobe Renaissance: Remix & Reimagine

Take your classic capsule wardrobe and try adding a few statement pieces. Instead of sticking to a fixed set of items, why not constantly remix and reimagine? Get creative with your combinations, try layering old band tees under our reversible corsets. This approach lets you make the most of what you already own while curbing the urge to splurge on fleeting trends.  

woman wearing band t shirt underneath a corset with printed horses and a studded choker

Remember, sustainability isn't about deprivation; it's about embracing thoughtful choices that align with your personal style. Whether you're opting for custom-sized garments, wearing hand-printed textiles, hosting wardrobe swaps, mastering visible mending, or investing in quality local designers, you're making a difference.

At Thief&Bandit, we're all about celebrating the quirks and making conscious choices. Here's to a wardrobe that's as unique, vibrant, and ever-evolving as you are.

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