FashionCreative ways to make clothes last longer Fashion images that saturate our news feeds help the industry bring in a whopping £26 billion to our economy. On average we each spend £640 on clothes per year and collectively throw out almost 300,000 tonnes of clothing. One third of this has barely been worn! This is men and women alike with men only wearing 13% of the clothing in their wardrobes. Maintaining your style without throwing away your old things is easier than you think, and can save you money. Take a look at the events, blogs and top tips to give you a few threads of thought. 3 things you can do today Beat fast fashion. Be aware of impluse buys and think about whether you really want or need something. This will help you buy less, but better. Love seconds. Find some gems in second hand clothes shops or swap clothes and accessories you no longer want with your friends and family. You could even revamp something old with a few embellishments. Get some tips in our Make, do and mend handbook. Care for your clothes. Simple actions like washing clothes at 30ºC, only ironing when necessary and reducing tumble drying can make your clothes last much longer - read more about 'Clever Care'. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Blog Ideas bank Fashion 10 ways to breathe new life into your wardrobe Bored of your wardrobe and feel the urge to buy something new? Hold on to your money and instead, professional stylist Emma Slade shares her 10 tips to revamping your wardrobe. 1) Host a swapping party! Get a good group of friends together, ask everyone to bring a bag of clothes they’ve fallen out of love with, and spend a few lovely hours sifting through the pile and choosing what you’d like to swap or trade. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure after all! See our guide for hosting fashion events here. 2) Have a night in with your clothes to experiment Give yourself some time for you and try things on – mix it up and seek out new combinations that might normally be a little out of your comfort zone – then treat these new looks like a new haircut – look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself time to soak it in. See how you feel and build on what you already have in that wardrobe of yours. I guarantee you’ll surprise yourself. 3) Re-think the way you wear things Think out of the box. Don’t get restricted by the way you ordinarily wear a piece. Get creative and check out the trends for inspiration. Think: Layering tops, sweaters or even jeans under strappy slip dresses Add a bow tie to a buttoned up shirt Style sporty track pants for everyday with a blazer, a statement clutch, and some boxy heels 4) Go season-less Opt for season-less piece that you can get more wear out of! Dungarees are a great example – dress them up with heels or dress them down for winter with a roll neck and your Adidas superstars. Throw a T-shirt over it and you're ready to pop out for a casual lunch. With some pointed pumps and a blazer, it can serve as chic work wear. It even transitions nicely into night time if you add some statement jewellery. 5) Make alterations Altering old favourites is a good way of extending the life of your clothes. Adding a badge to a denim jacket, dress or sweater is still a fashion lover’s secret weapon when it comes to a speedy, unique customization trick. But why not go further and consider taking up the hem on your jeans to create some on trend crops for example. If you can sew on a badge, I’ll bet you can take up a hem… 6) Break the rules!! Instead of neatly tucking your skinnies into your boots this winter – consider a cropped jean silhouette and let the hem of your jean graze the top of your boot show a little of your patterned tights or a naked ankle even. 7) Have fun with your clothes Truly enjoy them, give them the long life they deserve and think about what you already have before you buy. That way your wardrobe and your style ensembles will always be coherent. 8) Play with details and accessories It's all in the detail. Shake up one of your staple ensembles by adding something you wouldn’t normally – statement jewellery, a different jacket or coat that is a juxtaposition in style to your dress, even try swapping your heels for trainers with that going out dress. Surprise can be a great secret weapon when pulling together a stand out ensemble. 9) Shop with your wardrobe in mind When adding a key new piece to your wardrobe – shop for the wardrobe you already have and choose quality-pairing pieces that will evolve your capsule looks. Be more creative with the styling of what’s in your existing wardrobe. It’s really rewarding and considering what you’ve already got will help you to shop smarter. 10) Discover charity shops and vintage seconds Bag yourself a bargain – charity shops can be full of the little treasures. Find yourself an afternoon to trawl the local thrift shops. My Tops Tips for hitting the charity shop: Don’t try to mirror an era. Instead mix your eras – if you add a pair of retro 90’s high tops or sneakers to a cheeky little 60’s dress you’re going to look much less like you stepped out of your nans closet and more like an accomplished style maven. In some respects, if you’re unprepared, charity shopping can feel a little like shopping on Boxing day. For those who are not accustomed, I find it’s best to go at it with a clear idea of what you’re looking for in mind, to avoid feeling overwhelmed or unsure. So, decide on an outfit you need for an occasion and look firstly for a key pieces you can build around. This key piece can either be from the charity shop or it can be from your existing wardrobe, and if this is the case be sure to bring it with you. If you need inspiration the easiest place to start is the new season’s trends.