We’re getting ready for back-to-school here, and these fresh-start moments are when I get itching to organize, well, everything in my life. Our family has also begun to talk about our big travel dreams, and when I look around and see stuff in every corner of our home, I realize there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. In the interest of efficiently tackling skeletons, my closet seemed the best place to start with this purging. This led me back to the concept of a ‘capsule wardrobe’, something I’d read about before but dismissed as impossible for a shopper like myself. Turns out, a capsule wardrobe is the most eco-friendly fashion choice a person can make.
Why a Capsule Wardrobe?
As I dug deeper into the capsule wardrobe concept, it was like falling down the proverbial rabbit hole. The concept itself is quite simple, but bloggers and fashionistas have a lot to say on the topic. Basically, you pare your wardrobe (per season if you live where there are a few of those, like here in the north) down to about 35-40 basic pieces that mix and match perfectly. This number includes shoes and accessories. Oh, and outerwear too. The process requires organization, discipline, analysis, and a clear sense of your personal style and the kind of lifestyle you lead. Sounds like a lot of work, right? It is, but the end result is so worth it.
Paring down your wardrobe de-clutters your life. You can donate clothing to those in need, or give pieces to your friends and family. You can sell some of your more luxe items and make a little profit. You can spend only on the basics that you need to round out your capsule wardrobe, and thereby spend more wisely. With less shopping excursions devoted to amassing clothes you won’t wear, you can invest in more ethical brands. You’ll have more space in your home, and ultimately, more space in your mind and heart. Woo woo, yes, but absolutely true for a creative person like me. This is also an amazing lesson to share with your kids – we don’t need lots, we can be creative with what we have, and we can be conscious about accumulating more.
There is a dazzling array of capsule wardrobe help out there, from clever blog posts to video tutorials (so many gorgeous, interesting people sharing the Internet fashion space!) to apps that can do it for you with the help of a personal stylist. I got so excited building this post, but the research was so distracting for someone like me who loves clothes. I’ve tried to cull the best of what I found out there in the links and videos below.
These are some of the useful links she mentions in this video:
I really like the part about analyzing your choices in this one.
How to tackle a wardrobe edit. Isn’t her room so airy and pretty?
FOR THE GUYS:
More Awesome Links
I happened across this service, and I’m going to subscribe and put it to use. For $25 you can put your wardrobe online, define your style, work with a stylist and build a capsule wardrobe for every season. This is an incredible gift idea too! Check it out:
Eco-Friendly and Conscious Clothing
If you decide your capsule wardrobe needs some additional pieces, why not try shopping with heart? Here are a few links to some eco-friendly and conscious clothing companies who are committed to fair wages and safe working conditions.
The thrift and consignment space online has literally exploded. There’s so much more than ebay out there now, and some of these sites are so carefully curated, you can count on them to always have quality pieces and excellent customer service.
If you love your labels, but want to save or re-use some gently loved designer goods, here are some beautiful high-end consignment shops. These are also great if you have some luxe brand items that you’d like to unload.
Have you tackled a capsule wardrobe? We want your tips in the comments below!