How to Start Building Your Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe
We get it- that feeling when your open your closet door, stare into the sea of clothes and think to yourself, “I have nothing to wear.”
First Things First
Why Go Minimal With Your Wardrobe?
Research shows that less options we have, the easier decisions are to make. Not only that, but the decisions we make are better! So if you find yourself in a constant cycle of shopping trips, donation piles of trendy purchases that didn’t end up working for you, and seasonal purges... it might be time to try out a sustainable, minimalist capsule wardrobe.
What Makes it “Sustainable”?
Making your minimalist fashion choices sustainable means investing in someone else’s life. By shopping small business and fair trade, you are making an impact in the world and doing good. Sustainable fashion means doing your research: where is your money going, and how will it best serve both you and the maker?
The Capsule Formula
What do you actually need and ENJOY? As a starting point, the capsule formula is awesome, but also - customize it! It comes down to discovering what kinds of clothes you personally love and want to wear over and over again.
Things to Consider: Wear Value
Can everything pair with each other?
Anything limited or one-use has gotta go! This can initially be painful, but is so worth it in the long haul!
Can each piece be worn in every season by layering with each other?
Yes, it’s a tank top, but can you throw a cardigan over it? Or over a long-sleeve tee? You would be surprised at how many different ways you can stretch each piece across the seasons.
How do you feel in the piece of clothing?
If the article of clothing ticks all of the boxes except it’s not flattering or you just don’t feel great in it... you won’t wear it. Every piece should be something that makes you feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable!
Is the clothing article well-made?
Building a capsule, minimalist sustainable wardrobe rarely involves the cheapest option! It may seem backwards to invest more into one piece, especially when you are on a budget, but you will find that you get so much more use and enjoyment out of that one, really high-quality piece than you ever did with several cheap, fast-fashion purchases that quickly fell apart. Plus, you will save money in the long run!
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