Why everyone should change their clothes in 2022


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The first time I decided to go to a tailor was for a fix on my favorite pair of Topshop jeans.

The zipper was broken, and I wasn’t willing to part with the jeans, which cost me £40, because I knew I wouldn’t find any perfect.

At this point, I had owned the jeans for about two years. After spending £10 on a new zipper, I’m still wearing these jeans for another two years.

Before that, I would simply stuff jeans to the bottom of my wardrobe and flatten out a new pair, but we leave that in the past.

Why should my clothes be tailored?

The fast fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to global emissions and waste, all of which are contributing to the climate crisis.

Research released last year from Aalto University in Finland revealed that the fashion industry generates more than 92 million tons of waste annually, with 11,000 items of clothing being buried every week in the UK alone.

While ethical and indirect shopping are two effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint, working with what we already have is even better.

Not only that, changing your clothes can help boost confidence and save money as well.

It opened up a whole new world for me

Emily, from London, started changing her outfit after she wore a tailored suit to her wedding.

She told Metro.co.uk: “It was very cheap, and it opened up a whole new world for me because I am so short and curvy, so previously I had to be very picky about the clothes I bought.

The zip has now been replaced in things I once loved, I dug up the jeans that were too long and changed them.

“It made me more body-confident because things now really fit, rather than sitting weirdly on the hips,” she says.

“It also saved me a lot of money because I started using clothes I already had in my wardrobe instead of buying new things.”

Shilpa Bilimoria Sherry, creative director and founder of House of Bilimoria, says: “When you have items that fit and fit you perfectly, you’ll naturally feel better in those pieces, so the item cycle gets longer, so you don’t need a lot of new clothes.

You’re more inclined to fall back on basic pieces that you know you don’t believe in and work with your body as opposed to something new.

I’ve seen this through my years of work with our customers, and have repaired and modified items more than once, as they moved through the seasons of people’s lives.

When someone’s clothes are changed to fit, they appear with a new confidence and the people around them take notice.

“That’s what contains the pieces and then works over and over again.”

When should I give up a piece of clothing?

If you have loved an item for years and years, then sometimes it will become really unusable, at least in its original form.

But how do you know if it’s time to comment?

According to Shilpa, “This will be when the weave of the cloth has completely deteriorated in parts of the piece.”

At this point, the original garment cannot be salvaged – but it doesn’t have to be the end of its life cycle.

“In this case, maybe upcycling rather than buying something completely new is the way to go,” Shilpa adds.

Parts of a piece can be salvaged and converted into a new piece.

“If it is completely unusable, we advise that the item be disposed of responsibly with companies that shred the fabric and recycle it.”

Do I have to take my clothes to the tailor?

While getting dressed professionally is an easy fix, if you’re hoping to save more money and get rid of the middleman, why not learn how to do it yourself?

Whenever London-based Chandni needs to fix or change a piece of clothing, she simply jumps into her mother’s sewing machine and does it herself.

She tells us: “I fixed the worn out parts I love instead of buying new ones.

A few months ago, I ended up taking out a load of pants and skirts I had been wearing before, because I gained some weight due to the closure and need to loosen them up again.

“Plus, if I buy something that doesn’t quite fit me and I still like it, I will usually change it to make it fit.”

(It’s more practical than pretending you’ll send something back for 30 days in a row before you try to sell it on Depop and fail to sell it.)

One benefit of doing it yourself is that when you decide the garment is beyond repair, it won’t go down the drain.

“If the piece really wasn’t salvageable, I would strip it of the parts and keep the zippers, buttons, and materials still in place and use them to make new clothes,” Chandni adds.

How to learn to change your clothes

Use the magic tape

If you haven’t mastered the art of needlework, you can lift and secure the garment with fusible tape.

“When I was in college, I didn’t have a sewing machine,” Chandni says. “So, I was going to use the magic tape, which is heated with straighteners because I also didn’t have an iron.”

be ready

“Having a sewing box with just a few threads, needles, scissors, etc. is a good idea,” says We Are founder Kin Ngoni Chikwenengere.

When going to a special occasion, always take a colored thread and needle similar to the outfit you’re wearing, just in case.

“Also make sure to keep the spare buttons – they really come in handy!”

sewing by hand

Then, says Chandni, if you plan to sew by hand, make sure you decide where you want to sew first.

“Also make sure you go past the area a few times to keep it safe,” she adds.

Also try to use short stitches so things don’t swing awkwardly at the seam.

You can pin things before sewing just to check the look of the finished product as well.

Learn from social media

Social media is an indispensable tool when it comes to acquiring a new skill.

“YouTube and Instagram are great for learning how to do certain things,” Ngoni says.

“Even as a fashion designer I still look for certain things.”

Don’t cut anything unless you’re sure

“The biggest tip I’d give is not to cut anything until you’re 100% sure,” Chandni says.

If you take something and you can leave the excess material there – please do.

That way, if you gain weight later, you can just take the item out again.

“Also, if you’re not sure about the measurements and don’t have any tape measure, use an item that fits you well in a similar material as a guide for how to change it.”

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