22 tips for 2022: Ditch fast fashion by choosing clothes that will outlast trends

Before you click “buy” on that new trendy top, take a break and try this simple test: Ask yourself if you would wear that item 30 or more times.

Symphony Clarke, known as the Thrift Guru, notes that many of her peers feel the pressure to keep up with trends. Some even feel like they can’t post a photo in the same dress twice. “This is the lifespan of their clothes. Once you take a picture, it’s done,” she says.

The 30 wear test can help you change your mindset and shop with the idea that what you buy should stay with you, which will ultimately benefit your wallet and offset the wider costs of fast fashion to the environment. and the people who make clothes.

The next time you find yourself wanting to jump on a fashion trend, go fold some laundry and imagine how many times you’d pull those “dry clean only” pants out of the closet before hitting “checkout”. If it is less than 30 times, you may want to click “remove from cart”.

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22 tips for 2022 is edited and edited by Dalia Mortada, Arielle Retting, Janet W. Lee, Beck Harlan, Beth Donovan and Meghan Keane. This tip comes from an episode of Life Kit conducted by Elise Hu and produced by Fiona Geiran.

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