Imagine breathing new life into your wardrobe without needing to order anything new online or spend anything in the process? Here’s how.  

For those of us spending more time at home at the moment, pulling together a new combo of once-forgotten clothes and breathing life back into your favourite items could be a great way to save cash on buying new pieces and lift spirits at the same time. 

Read on to find out how you can take stock of what you own, make items last longer, fix those pieces in need of fixing, and jazz up any bits past their best. 

1) Rediscover 

A dive into your wardrobe is a great place to start. A whopping 80% of 16-24-year olds have lost track of what’s in their wardrobe, so if you stumble across a jumper you forgot you had, you’re not alone! 

Check back in with your wardrobe and remind yourself of all of those things you might have forgotten about. Re-organising whilst you’re there is a great way to make pulling together outfits easier - try colour co-ordinating items or organising into clothing groups. 

These top tips for rediscovering your wardrobe will make the process a little easier.  Discover some bits you no longer want? Keep hold of them for now until charity shops and recycling centres reopen. 

2) Re-wear and re-style 

The UK buys a LOT of clothing (more than any other European country according to ECAP), and sends 11 million items to landfill every week (Oxfam)! That’s a lot of money spent and wasted... 

Research has found that impulse buying is often due to boredom. Although we might be in the house a lot more, finding ways to re-wear and re-style our clothes saves cashboosts our creativity and reduce our impact on the planet at the same time. Win, win, win.  

How about itching the shopping scratch by shopping your own wardrobinsteadDelve deep and pull together 3 outfits from things you’ve not worn in years…you’ll be surprised with what you come up with! We found that almost 1 in 3 young people wouldn’t re-wear something after wearing it once on social media – share your new looks on social media with #LiveSavvy and #ShopYourWardobe to help break down the stigma! Here’s some inspiration from the Hubbub team. 

3) Care  

Caring for our clothes  correctly is the best way of making them last. Check out these top laundry tips, from washing at 30 degrees and air drying, to spot washing and understanding care labelsIn light of Covid-19, if you are likely to have been in contact with the virus, please follow professional advice on how best to wash your clothes and what temperature is needed.

For more savvy tips on making more of your clothes, check out these tips. 

4) Repair and Upcycle 

A lot of the clothing that ends up in landfill across the UK could be repaired or upcycled - that means cash could be saved if we weren’t replacing them with new pieces. Picking up a sewing kit can seem daunting, so we’ve compiled an easy step-by-step guide to sewing buttons and fixing hems 

Hubbub Hack: If a top is well past it’s best, why not use the material to make into cloths or face pads?  

Keep an eye out on our socials over the coming weeks - we’ll be sharing loads of useful tutorials on key repair skills, from re-vamping old trainers to fixing a hole, and easy ways to upcycle old fabrics. 

Hungry for more?  

Check out our What On Earth? Podcast where we talk all about the impact of, cottondenim and fast fashion more widely. To get the low down on microplastics, have a look at our What’s In My Wash campaign.  

Stay tuned

Keen for more!? Good news – we’ll soon be launching our new fashion campaign, Wear The Movement. We want to create a world where young people understand what sustainable fashion is and make decisions with the environment in mind. Keep your eyes peeled for more! 

On Hubbub’s Instagram we’re launching a series of challenges around rediscovering and re-wear, as well as loads of simple hacks and ask us anything sessions on super useful, cash-saving repair and upcycling skills. Get involved!