A great way to start your journey in ethical/sustainable fashion is working with what you have and slowly incorporating sustainable items. If you still need a fix for “trendy items” try visiting your local Goodwill and give an item a second life.
Why for evaluating your wardrobe? Are you hoping to create a capsule wardrobe? Are you wanting to clear our items that you don't wear much? Are you trying to keep only quality made items? Are you wanting to work towards a more ethical closet? Are you just hoping to find your own personal style?
It never occurred to me that the reason I could get a tank top for $3 was because it was produced through child labor and Los Angeles sweatshops with shady fabric sourcing and supply chain practices.
In many ways thrifting is the most feasible financial option for me to build my ethical wardrobe so I rely on snagging second hand finds.
There are dozens of tips to get you started, but here are things that have genuinely helped me start moving towards a ethical wardrobe that I can feel confident in without having to drop big money on ethical brands.