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

Before hitting “buy” that new trending high, pause and try this simple test: Ask yourself if you would wear this item 30 times or more.

Clarke Symphony, known as Savings Guru, notes that many of his peers feel pressured to follow trends. Some even feel like they can’t post a photo in the same outfit twice. “It’s the life of their clothes. Once a photo is taken, it’s done,” she says.

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

The next time you feel like jumping on a fashion trend, go fold some laundry and imagine all the times you’d pull those “dry clean only” pants out of your closet before hitting “checkout.” If it’s less than 30 times, you might want to click “remove from cart”.


here is more tips on how to grow a sustainable closet.

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

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Elizabeth J. Harless