Restyle, rewear, rejoice: how to get festive and stay sustainable this Christmas

Stressing about what to wear to your Christmas parties this year? You’re not the only one! In fact 7 million of us are going to buy something new to wear out in December, which means we’ll be spending a whopping £330.5 million on new outfits in the run-up to Christmas.

Here we share our five ways to save your pocket and the planet this festive season. 

Why should we care about sustainable fashion?

What we wear can come with a big price tag for the planet, with fashion accounting for about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions (BBC). Producing clothes uses a lot of land, water and toxins and often these outfits will only get worn a few times before being thrown away. 

300,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill every year in the UK (WRAP) which means all the energy that's gone into making them gets wasted. The good news is there are simple ways to get a new look, sustainably.

6 ways to dress sustainably and make clothes last longer. 

Dressing sustainably is all about buying less and better. You can make your wardrobe more sustainable by: 

1. Rewear, restyle or upcycle an outfit you already own. 

2. Borrow or swap with friends. 

3. Rent from one of the great rental sites like Loanhood, By Rotation or Hurr. To reduce the footprint of this opt for peer to peer rentals and look for renters nearby.

4. Buy second-hand from a vintage shop, depop or a charity shop. 

5. Care for your shiny, sparkley, sequined and beaded fabrics properly. Here's 10 tips to help: 


6. Don't throw clothes in the bin! Most clothes contain plastic fibres and will last for hundreds of years in landfill. Here's 10 things you can do with them instead: 


Restyle your fave looks

Haunted by your best outfits of Christmas past? Bring them back to life with these top tips to restyle your best looks for this years' Xmas parties. 

  1. Mix up your statement pieces, if you have shoes you only wear with that suit or a jacket that only gets matched with a few outfits throw out the rule book and try pairing it with something more surprising. 
  2. Think about colour, wearing different shades of the same colour or choosing colours from the opposite side of the colour wheel (orange and blue) can help make something old feel brand new. 
  3. Think about accessories, a different coat, shoes or jacket can make it look like you're wearing a different outfit. 

Join the movement

Follow @hellohubbub on Instagram and tag your reworn outfit with #ThanksItsLastYears and tell all your mates you're going sustainable this year!