In my younger years, I was constantly chasing trends. Whether it was an It silhouette, statement accessory, or buzzy new shoe style, I was quickly enamored. And thanks to the ever-changing trend cycle, I was just as quickly bored and on to the next thing. This flighty behavior is not only exhausting but extremely wasteful—both in terms of money and discarded pieces. While I do my best to donate clothing and shoes I no longer wear and shop sustainable brands, the negative impact the fashion industry as a whole has on the environment is not lost on me.
In an effort to reduce my personal contribution to that negative impact, I’ve examined my shopping habits and introduced a few actionable items that feel like sustainable solutions. I’m making an effort to shop mostly secondhand (The RealReal has become my best friend), getting shoes resoled instead of swapping for a new pair, and have made it a point to stop buying into every trend that pops up. Instead, I’m investing in timeless pieces that I’ll wear for years. From classic coats to vintage jeans, here is my timeless wardrobe checklist for cultivating a closet that has longevity.