For a long time, whenever I entered a store, my eyes were immediately drawn to ruffled blouses and sequinned skirts. I wanted to buy clothes that simply stood out at a party, no matter what they were made of. But a three-month fashion cleanse started me on a journey of sustainable fashion that irrevocably changed my style to make it what it is today. I can say that I actually grew into my love for the basics. Today, I cherish my jersey tank tops and custom-fit jeans as much as I valued those dramatic dresses. More importantly, I am willing to pay for versatile, high quality basics that will last in my wardrobe for a long time now, unlike statement clothing that loses its value once it’s worn in front of certain crowd, and can never be repeated again then.
‘Less is more’ is the golden rule of fashion, and no clothing embodies this philosophy as much as sustainable basics. A basic T-shirt, for example, can easily be worn with a pair of distressed shorts at a casual outing, but wear it under a blazer with trousers or a skirt, and it can played off as office attire too. A silky LBD works for family dinners, but add statement earrings to your ensemble, and the same outfit can take you to drinks at the bar after you’re done as well. That’s the thing about wardrobe basics—they become what you them to be. Here are 10 environmentally friendly sartorial pieces that we curated with the goal of making your wardrobe sustainable and versatile at the same time. Keep scrolling.