Congratulations to so many of you for successfully completing your school life, a big phase of your life so far and starting a new one. Your college life is a new phase packed with thrill and excitement for what’s to come- new friends, new landscapes, new subjects. The first day of the rest of your lives.

Meanwhile, so many of you will meet new freshers. New additions to your daily life, whom you will guide through this time. Every year brings new responsibilities for each one of you. Having said that, responsibilities are not only limited to your old or new peers. A long-running battle against climate change still continues. The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world. The habit of fast fashion is a hard one to let go, especially for students. Cheap and easily available clothes are tempting, but they are causing a terrible carbon footprint that you, as the Gen Z, must take responsibility for.

College days will force you to redefine and reimagine your sense of individuality in many ways, including fashion. What you don becomes your new identity. However, turning to fast fashion only disrupts the battle against climate change.

Now you’re at a crossroads- you want to revamp your wardrobe to redefine your sense of style, but in a sustainable way. In a conversation with Seema Batra, Co Founder, Ranng by Vandana; she shared with us some amazing tips on how to revamp our wardrobe into a more sustainable and pocketfriendly space.

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revamp your closet

Here are some tips to achieve a stylish, pocket friendly wardrobe which will not be a burden to our environment:

  • Declutter your own wardrobe and make room for new outfits.
  • Peep into your mother’s, grandmother’s, or older sister’s wardrobes. Collect some of your favourite pieces that won’t be worn and haven’t been worn in years.
  • You will find the fabrics of these outfits very durable- the silks are long-lasting; the cottons are comfortable. 
  • Dupattas are undoubtedly a big part of Indian heritage that can be DIY’d to completely new outfits. 
  • An old saree can be reimagined into a completely new outfit or even outfits.
  • Get old kurtas altered and redesigned according to your own style.

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Some redesigning ideas:

Convert a Saree into:

  • Kurta + Trouser/Palazzo
  • Trouser + Dupatta
  • Maxi dress
  • Knee/Ankle length Kaftan

Convert a Cotton Kurta into:

  • A shirt
  • A-line skirt.
  • Use the fabric to make patches and borders for a dupattPocket friendly closet

Convert a Dupatta into:

  • Short or long Kurta
  • A shrug
  • Knee length Kaftan
  • Use the prints for patchwork

Convert a Trouser into:

  • New cigarette pants
  • A skirt
  • Use for patch work.

As Gen Z-ers, you have a responsibility towards the environment and the easiest way to start is with your own self. 

Shop consciously, buy less without compromising on your style and fashion. Nothing is more fashionable than sustainability!

For more sustainable tips and trick stay tuned to HerZindagi.