The High Fives
16 July, 2021 by
The High Fives
Amy Kuschel Brugger

Hey there,

Today I'm sharing the High 5's of weaving wellness into your wardrobe. 

I created this guide to help get off the merry-go-round of buying more, wearing things less, purging cluttered closets, and sending clothes to landfill.

It's a tried and true list of design principals that work for me when designing my collection as well as curating my own wardrobe. 

I hope this helps you embrace your style and live with less junk, more joy! Let me know what you think.


1. style

High in Style. Be true to your own sense of style and wear only things you love.

This elevates your mood and your sense of gratitude. Plus, you’re more likely to take good care of things you appreciate, keeping them longer, consuming less, and sending less to landfill. 

2. versatility

Highly Versatile. Will I wear it all the time?

You don’t need a lot of clothes when you invest in versatile pieces that play well in your closet. Plus, you’re less stressed when your wardrobe is easy to navigate, saving time and energy each morning. A healthy goal is to aim for 50 wears when you buy something new - as opposed to the fast fashion average of 5. According to Fashion Revolution Denmark, this reduces carbon emissions by 400% per item, per year.

3. quality

High Quality. Is it well made? If the quality is high, you’ll get more use out of it. 

Spending more for quality upfront saves you in the long run. Consider cost per wear, which is lower on items we wear a lot versus cheap thrills that don’t get a lot of use. So, instead of asking “why is it so expensive?” ask yourself, “why is this so cheap?” If it's super cheap, someone is getting squeezed: the farmer, the seamstress, mother nature. And remember, it’s not a good deal if you don’t wear it. 

4. natural fibers

High in Natural Fibers. What am I putting on my body? What is it made of AND where does it go when I’m done with it?

Natural fibers are breathable and biodegradable. Cotton, linen, hemp, and other plant based fibers are grown seasonally and biodegrade when they're no longer useful. Conversely, plastic fibers like polyester, nylon, and acrylic are made from fossil fuels that take millions of years to cultivate. When you wash clothes made of these synthetic materials, plastic seeps out polluting our water supply and sea life. And making matters worse, when you’re done, these oil based products typically end up in landfill where they will off-gas for up to 200 years before breaking down.

5. altruism 

Helper’s High. Who made my clothes - and who benefits when I buy this?

Be mindful and generous when you can, shopping your values, voting with your wallet to promote ethical brands that support fair wages, quality of life, sustainable production methods, and proper use of our precious resources. 

The High Fives
Amy Kuschel Brugger 16 July, 2021
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