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Transeasonal is Sustainable

Why transeasonal styles are essential for a sustainable wardrobe

Dressing for in-between seasons can be a difficult task. Some days are cold and windy, while the next day may be incredibly hot. You may be stuck on what to buy during this period as brands prepare to launch for the upcoming season. This time of the year is also what we call the transeasonal period between each collection. However, did you know that purchasing transeasonal pieces can be a sustainable decision? Choosing versatile and functional styles that mesh with your current wardrobe lets you shop consciously, which is amazing for the environment. Curious to know how? Bamboo Body is here to break it down for you.

What does transeasonal mean and what is transeasonal dressing?

It's not quite summer, and it's not quite winter. What are you supposed to wear during the ever-changing seasons?

Transeasonal dressing refers to the pieces in your wardrobe that you can wear all year round - whether that be dress for the cold, the heat, the night or the day. This might sound like it can make your wardrobe restrictive, but in fact, the opposite occurs when you invest in transeasonal pieces. Being able to mix and match your entire wardrobe is an incredibly versatile way to start a capsule wardrobe and allows you to focus on accessorising in a way that aligns with your personal style and trends you may enjoy.

"In many ways transitional dressing is code for how real women dress" - Vogue

Hop tip: invest in quality natural and sustainable pieces that will last you for years to come.

Unsustainability in the production of clothing

Fast fashion has such a negative impact on the environment. Fast fashion is the overproduction of clothing usually made in poor working conditions with unsustainable fabrics. Traditionally, brands will launch 1-4 collections within a year coinciding with the seasons; Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. With fewer cycles, there is more of a focus on quality. The over consumerism of fast fashion has led to the introduction of 'micro-seasons' allowing these brands to push over 26-52 seasons within a year and around 1000 new styles in a week! This also leads to the rapid acceleration of trend cycles meaning your piece could potentially be 'out of fashion' by the time you have received your order.

The majority of the Australian population are avid consumers, with each person chucking 23kg of the 27kg of clothing they would acquire each year. Social media has had a huge impact on our purchasing habits and prioritising niche trends over seasonal styles. Online creators seem to be choosing price and efficiency over quality and are unfortunately sharing this philosophy with their following. These pieces are incredibly affordable as brands use low-cost textiles such as polyester which are not biodegradable. On top of this, the overproduction of clothing leads to terrible working conditions for little to no pay, making this a humanitarian issue as well as an environmental one.

Why is transeasonal more sustainable?

Transeasonal is more sustainable because you can wear the style all year round which ultimately means that you are consuming less. You are much more conscious of your purchases and whether or not they can be adaptable to your style. This gives you the ability to create a curated wardrobe that is versatile, adaptable and ready for whatever weather comes to you.

Rather than buying pieces set for the winter, why not invest in something breathable and of high quality that you can wear through to the summertime. Can you layer it? Can you dress it up with accessories? These types of questions are important with investing in transeasonal pieces so that you can invite new pieces into your adaptable wardrobe.

The perfect thing about transeasonal pieces is that you can solidify your style. Pick basics that you are comfortable and confident in. This could be a wide leg pant or even a wrap dress. Contrarily, it can also be adaptable to your ever-changing style while still fitting in. Just change around the accessories, or add a pop of colour. Focus on the silhouette and versatility of the garment and what YOU want out of the piece.

Having transeasonal pieces means that businesses can scale down how many collections they release in a year which also means they are producing less. This also means that they are able to maintain ethical working conditions in their factories as their workers are not overworked and underpaid.

We've created a list of ways to create a sustainable transeasonal wardrobe:

1. Choose your Basics

Invest in seasonless staples that can be worn over or under any piece. This doesn't have to mean black, white and beige. Choose colours that you think work well together and allow you to mix and match for any occasion. Additionally, choose styles and shapes that work for you. For example, you may want to choose a wide-leg pant instead of something skinny to elongate your body. Or, perhaps you prefer a v-neck line rather than a scoop neck - and that is perfectly fine!

2. Quality is key

Invest in pieces that will last throughout the seasons. Investing in high-quality pieces means you will spend less than if you were to buy cheaper pieces every month. Choose organic and breathable materials such as bamboo, organic cotton or hemp that will biodegrade over time.

Learn to take care of your pieces. Read the care labels and learn how often you should wash a garment.

3. Accessorising is everything

Styling is all about accessorising. A sustainable way to adapt to new trends that you like is to invest in accessories that will last a lifetime. If a certain trend catches your eye, make sure to choose something that is adaptable to your style and will remain a prominent part of your style for years to come. If you think the trend will be short lived, maybe think about the consequences of partipating in it. Can you find a versatile alternative? Just because you're not directly purchasing a trend doesn't mean you're not in style. Investing in high-quality staple accessories means you can still be on-trend without breaking the bank.

4. Layering

Invest in pieces that you can layer on top of each other and which you can put on and take off whenever the weather decides to change on you. Turtle necks, coats and knits are perfect examples of transeasonal pieces that give you the ability to layer and style with each.

Check out our basics range at Bamboo Body to find your transeasonal style.