Clothes repair: another way of adding more sustainability in your life

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Sweater: Tally Weijl (both really, really old, but still really, really great to wear)

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

– John F. Kennedy

This week, standing in the sunshine under a roof of flowers, I show you an outfit I have worn many times to school and on the blog too (see this Copenhagen blogpost when you want proof and/or an additional read with fabulous photos).

The reason for showing it again is that the trousers slowly seem to enter their final season, so I want to give them a platform one more time. I also want to make a statement of repairing clothes in stead of throwing them away too easily. For interesting links and creative ideas, please read on!

The trousers

I have worn these trousers so often and have cycled so many times to school wearing them, that they have been repaired more than once by one of my friends. They suffer from the “Dutch trousers decease”; worn off at the inside because of the regular rubbing against your saddle when cycling.

I intended to show you a photo of the spots, though not while wearing these trousers (that wouldn’t be a charming pose). Even a photo of only the trousers and the 2 spots was so far from charming, that you just have to believe me.

I’d rather show you some photos with the trousers in their full glory, like the one taken in Burgh Haamstede (Zeeland, Holland). Last spring we cycled to many sites in Zeeland and I was often wearing them.

They have also been to Venice, BernBerlin and Copenhagen

Thanks to my friend’s reparations I have added at least 2 more years to my trousers’ life.

The sweater

What I love about the sweater I am wearing on the photos below is that it is such a simple one with just that magical detail of the lace! No need for a necklace (practical for a teacher) and the attention automatically goes upwards thanks to the lace (good for petites). Combined with my black trousers and black ankle boots, I look taller than I am and am stylish in a very comfortable and classroom-friendly way.

I have also added extra life to this sweater actually, not by repairing it, but by hiding blue spots that somehow have appeared and do not disappear whatever I do when washing my sweater. Thanks to my short arms, I just fold the border of my sleeves and bingo: no more visible spots! Being small does have advantages!


When you want to read more about sustainability and are keen on getting many different ideas, you will love my blogpost about creativity and sustainability. It provides lots of inspiration!

When you are looking for inspiration regarding repairing clothes, you should visit this website: loveyourclothes. You can find an amazing amount of information, tips and ideas there.

Thank you for reading and please tell me what kind of tricks you have got on your sleeves to prolong the lives of your wardrobe items.



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  1. Haha Dutch trousers decease! Never heard of that! But I dont cycle that much. I never repair my clothes actually,but I have them altered even when iets pre loved.

    1. Hey Nancy, the Dutch trousers decease is my own term for something very familiar for all who cycle regularly (like pupils going to school in Holland, or teachers for that matter). I do not repair nor alter anything myself. My mum used to do that for me and since I have moved to Switzerland, I go to a friend or colleague for help in that area. It would be so practical when I would learn how to do it myself…Enjoy your stay in the UK! Love, Lieske

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