Off The Hanger
A fresh take on your wardrobe
A quarter (26%, WRAP 2022) of our clothes haven’t been worn in the past year and we’re still buying more new ones. It turns out on average we have 118 items of clothing in our wardrobes. But how many times have you tried styling them? And do you know how many clothes you’ve got to play with? Off The Hanger rediscovers the potential already sitting inside our wardrobes and the opportunity to find new outfits for free, rather than buying new.
Hung up on (more and more) fashion
Micro seasons, free returns, big sales... it’s never been cheaper or easier to buy clothing. Our homes are stuffed with clothes that rarely see the limelight, which makes sense, because confidently rocking a new look always feels fun. Recent polling by Hubbub reveals that around half of 16-34 year olds agree that buying new clothes makes them happy.
The race to keep up with the latest trends is causing a big problem for the planet, with fashion accounting for up to 10% of global emissions. However, reducing the impact of our clothing habits can start with something simple, like making the most of the clothes we already have in our wardrobe.
Let’s zoom in on the issue!
Buying clothing on a monthly basis is highest amongst 18-30 year olds, so we took a closer look at buying habits and what might help them save money and get more from their wardrobes.
Buying more clothes has become too trendy
Over 81% of 18-24 years olds and 68% of 25-34 year olds buy clothing at least once a month (WRAP, 2022)
It’s hard to wear all your clothes if you don’t know what you’ve got
46% of 18-34 year olds say their wardrobes are disorganised and it can be difficult to know what’s there (WRAP, 2022)
Having individual style means a lot
Almost half (49%) of 18-34 year olds buy clothes to create unique style and identities (WRAP, 2022)
A new era of fashion is coming
Two fifths of 16-24 year olds and just over half of 25 – 34 year olds believe buying fewer clothes is a good way to reduce their impact on the environment (Hubbub, 2023). It's hard to know where to start, but realising that wearing clothes they already own can make a difference is a big step.
Can you count all your clothes on both hands? Or is your fashionable wardrobe more like a floordrobe?
No matter how much you own, there’s bound to be stylish pieces hanging in your wardrobe, so it’s time to start browsing your fits with Off The Hanger.
Use the Off The Hanger counter to find out you how much you own, how much you’ve spent and get a personalised reading of your collection of clothes. Doing the count could save you money, help you fall back in love with your wardrobe and rediscover hidden gems.
Want more on how to make your wardrobe work for you and the planet?
Tune into the new season of our podcast ‘Down to Earth’ to explore everything sustainable fashion in conversation with designers, experts and changemakers.