Perhaps you are trying to pare down your own wardrobe and making due with more quality pieces?
In my world, buying more has been replaced with replace with quality, not quantity; and only when you need it. And I feel good about that too.
A few years ago the term bloggers, fashionistas and sustainability-lovers were using was “capsule wardrobes." Today we just call it the new normal.
If you are overwhelmed with closet chaos or just curious about the benefits of dressing with less and simplifying your wardrobe then we have some simple ways to get started. But first, we want to caution not to worry too much about “doing it right”. Instead let it be messy at first, as you figure out what works best for your body, and your lifestyle.
In my own closet, I have about 30 items.
I’ve been working on this for 10 years, so each year I either replace, save, or recycle. Most of the items have a normal life span of 5 years. On average though most of my clothes are 10 years or less.
Once you’ve started down the path take some time to figure it all out.
Keep only those items that add value to your life, look good on you and provide multiple uses.
I’ve found that before shopping I focus your attention on seeking out top-quality, long-lasting pieces. And I work hard to curb my emotional spending habits.
Keep a journal of your shopping habits for 3 months. See what lesson’s you can learn from that time.
Here are a few tips on accessories:
Clothing is one thing and accessories are another. They are usually smaller and less expensive (although some purses are as much as down payment on a car!
Nevertheless, accessories can add splash, shine or just simply change the look. Which is one reason why we are so jazzed about our eco collection. Quality pieces that update your look with a smaller footprint.
A scarf vs. necklace, a hat or purse that takes attention away from what you are actually wearing.
We can't say it enough that accessories should be treated in the same manner as quality vs. quantity so don’t go crazy on 100 different necklaces to update your look. Instead concentrate on getting accessories that accent your style.
By being alert to what you need, get the best bang for your buck by being as concise as possible. I can happily spend hours putting together an outfit, but I need my accessories to go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe and be ready to be grabbed at a moment's notice.
I find that I generally opt for shoes and bags in neutral colorways—such as black, brown or white. They also need to be practical, so that means shoes need to be comfortable and bags roomy enough to fit my life in (check out Lancaster)
PICK A METAL (OR MULTIPLE!)
When it comes to accessorizing your capsule wardrobe, jewelry should be your first stop. Just like you built up your capsule wardrobe, build up your jewelry chest with pieces in your favorite metal (think gold, silver & brass).
Here are the perfect jewelry pieces to add to your capsule wardrobe:
- Simple stud earrings, think a faux (or real) diamond or round metal beads.
- 16 or 18′ inch necklace in gold or silver.
- One sleek bangle.
FIND THE PERFECT HANDBAG
You have a closet full of essentials, but what about the essentials that you have to carry on the daily? Dig in deep and pull out the handbags in there now:
Here are the best handbags to add to your capsule wardrobe:
- One good place to start is adding a large, versatile tote for the workweek.
- A small, crossbody can get you through the weekend (or a night out).
- If you’re feeling a little more daring, try a handbag in a bright color—like cobalt blue, mustard yellow or even, fuschia!
ADD A SCARF TO YOUR COLLECTION
- Take a cue from the French and add a Letol scarf that adds vibrancy to any outfit.
- Scarves can be belts too! Take a silky thin scarf and thread it through your belt loops of your favorite jeans!
When it comes to accessorizing a capsule wardrobe, look for accessories that either add color to your capsule wardrobe or blend in seamlessly!
By now you've heard of capsule wardrobe. Bloggers, fashionistas and sustainability-lovers are going crazy over small, curated closets that are rotated seasonably. The idea of it is to pare down your wardrobe to a designated number of mix and match items. Every season, you can purchase a few high-quality pieces to incorporate into your rotation.
There are quite a few tips out there on which shirts, jeans and booties to incorporate into each season’s wardrobe, but how does the wannabee-capsuler incorporate accessories?
Some sources say that when it comes to a capsule wardrobe, jewelry, bags, hats and scarves should be limited. Others argue that changing up your accessories is essential to adding excitement to go-to styles. The choice is really up to you, but here are a few things to consider.
If you are going to limit your accessories….
Caroline Rector, the blogger behind un-fancy, is a huge advocate “the rule of three” when it comes to her capsule wardrobe. What is “the rule of three,” you may ask?
Let’s say you decide to limit your jewelry to three of each kind of accessories: three necklaces, three bracelets, three hats/scarves. Of the three necklaces you own, one could be a statement-making piece, one a simple piece and one is something in between.
For example, imagine how these three ethically-made necklaces could be incorporated into a capsule wardrobe:
If you aren’t going to limit your accessories…
You should still clean out cheap accessories that you’re not 100% crazy about. Capsule wardrobes are all about only wearing high-quality pieces that you’ll love. You want thoughtful pieces with stories behind them – not some trendy costume jewelry you bought on a whim.
Adding something new…
With capsule wardrobes, you’re only buying a few pieces every season. These pieces should be wardrobe-changing essentials that you’ve thought long and hard about. Accessories are the perfect item to update for multiple reasons: a single accessory can transform any outfit, it won’t add much bulk to your closet and it’ll take you into new seasons. After all, who doesn’t want to rotate between bold summertime necklaces and cozy winter scarves?
Of course, capsule wardrobes are much better for the environment than overstuffed closets. To make your wardrobe as green as possible, make sure that any accessories or garments you incorporate are sustainably sourced.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environment protection since 1970.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In 1970, Gaylord Nelson, (a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin), built a national staff of 85 to promote environmental events across the land.
- The first Earth Day was held on April 22,1970 when, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.
- In 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.
- Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
WAYTS TO GET INVOLVED
- 1. March for science in National Hall, Washington DC, April 22, 8 am.
The day’s program will include speeches and training's with scientists and civic organizers, musical performances, and a march through the streets of Washington, D.C. as well as 514 Satellite Marches in many other cities across the U.S.
- 2. Things to do around your neighborhood
- Plant a tree
- Clean up a local park
- Educate people about environment protections
- Talk to your representatives about environment protections
- Buy green and sustainable apparel, food & household goods
- Read your labels
- Take a tech break, unplug and smell the roses instead
- Turn off your lights
- Go vegetarian or eat less meat
3. In Boston, MA Join One Savvy Mother on April 24, 2017
Earth Day & Fashion Revolution actions: Join us as we celebrate the efforts of #ecofashion community and beyond. (LINK TO RSVP & more information.
Sign a postcard that asks your representatives to give environmental and fair working conditions a voice. The postcards are preprinted and you just need to add your signature and address. We will send them to your representatives seeking equitable pay & fair working conditions for garment workers in the U.S. & abroad.
This post was written by Ningjing Lui, Student at Babson College, Wellesley, MA