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Timeless style

Looking after your clothes is something that never goes out of style. Simone Venner reveals how to make your wardrobe last longer

Nothing makes me feel more smug than wearing my favourite 12-year-old boots and still receiving compliments. I remember saving up for them, drying them of after getting out from the rain and storing them in the original boot bag they came in. They would finish off every outfit and make me feel amazing. These were my lucky boots.

Sadly, over the years I’ve noticed that fast fashion has become the accepted norm. I’m saddened by how classic items are now so easily thrown aside and replaced in efforts to keep up with new trends. But thankfully, with the rise in awareness of the effects of climate change, eco-conscious fashion seems to be the newest trend.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Fashion has always been a strong form of expression for me; I’ve pored over glossy issues of Vogue from a young age, and get a thrill when the seasons change, and with them, the excuse to spend on new and exciting pieces for my wardrobe. With the rise and ease of shopping online it has become easier and quicker to get my hands on the latest styles, and it’s with a mixture of shame and excitement I go and collect my deliveries from the post room at work. But recently I realised the frequency and level of my spending was getting out of control – ‘I can just send it all back’, I’d foolishly reason with myself. It wasn’t until I read about the environmental impact of the fashion industry that I started to think about the part I was playing myself. Those next day deliveries have to be picked, packed and couriered, using man power and fuel. The bargain £5 tops come at a greater price, too – how can workers possibly be getting paid fairly to make them? And the fabrics surely can’t be ethically-sourced either? Fast fashion is alluring and tempting – it’s a quick and easy way to make us feel good, temporarily, but the damage it’s doing to the environment doesn’t sit well with me. So, I’ve vowed to make a change and to choose more sustainable ways to shop. This month we’ve looked into the issues surrounding fashion, from body image to throwaway culture, and found alternative ways for you to enjoy clothes, whilst being kinder to the planet. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor