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MADHUR DUTTA ON HOW YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR WARDROBE AND CHOOSE CONSCIOUSLY.

MADHUR DUTTA ON HOW YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR WARDROBE AND CHOOSE CONSCIOUSLY.

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Madhur Dutta, a writer, musician and visual artist talks to ENUFF about making the most of your wardrobe and gives us tips on how to consume mindfully and sustainably.

How’s your journey with consuming fashion sustainably been?

 My journey with sustainability started as a consequence of my explorations with minimalism. My wardrobe was one of the first places where I applied minimalism. Overwhelmed by what I already owned, I decided to spend the entire year of 2018 on a no-spend pledge (not buying new clothes). This time helped me build a deeper and authentic understanding of my sense of style. Since then, I have preferred to work with what I already own and haven’t purchased many new items of clothing. I have easily been able to limit myself to 12 well researched and high quality items a year.

Tips on how you can make your wardrobe sustainable for summer.

1. Avoid machine drying your clothes

2. Pick eco-friendly fabrics (linen, bamboo, hemp, etc.) while shopping. Besides being better for the environment, I’ve also found them to be summer-friendly!

3. Mindfully declutter your wardrobe (sell, swap, giveaway items that no longer work for you)

What are your shopping habits? What’s your process while shopping?

As a minimalist, shopping is the last resort for me. Generally speaking, I try to work with what I already own. I do however keep a working list of items I feel would add value to my wardrobe. For instance, I am keeping an eye out for linen trousers this season.

Where do you shop from?

Some of the brands I have shopped from and loved in the past few years

Doodlage
Arture
FabIndia
Nicobar
Tailor & Circus

And others I am eager to try next –

Harago
Mapcha
March

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In your opinion, what should one look for while shopping?

I think it’s a good place to first look within. Why are you shopping? What are your preferences? What works for you and what doesn’t? Where is your wardrobe lacking and where is the excess?

Besides this, I feel it also helps to buy less and choose better. An easy way to do this is to research the brands with regards to quality/ethics/sustainability before making the purchase.

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