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!
Ever wonder about how your favorite clothes are made? Do you examine labels to learn the makeup of fabrics? Maybe you do this in the grocery store and don’t realize that you should be doing it for clothing and other textiles as well. Unfortunately in clothing, shoes & accessories, like food, you get what you pay for.
In earlier blogs I’ve done a deep dive in organics and I wanted to continue the education. Maybe you've heard of “tencel” but didn't really know what it was? More and more you can find bathing suits made of a lycra fiber created from recycling water bottles. I had to find out more. Wouldn’t finding ways to curb the environmental pollution caused by textile production start with finding new ways to produce fabrics that don’t require toxins and large amounts of water, and which minimize harm to the local ecology? Could recycled water bottles do that? I first had to parse out the different options.
First off, lets categorize the array of available fibers.
1) Grown naturally in Nature:
Under this category you’ll find wool, cotton, hemp, bamboo, silk. They are natural but can be found in a wide availability of quality. Some can be grown “sustainably” or grown in clear cut forests that actually denigrate the environment. For example, cotton is the most pesticide intensive crop in the world so most of the t's and jeans you wear are killing bees. The development of genetically modified cotton adds environmental problems at another level. That’s why 100% organic cotton is so effective in eliminating these issues.
Linen is made from flax plant and usually always using natural nontoxic dyes. That makes it a good choice for clothing. But ofcourse it wrinkles.
Wool on the other hand derived by animals can cause environmental damage and lead to poor treatment of animals. So what are you to choose from?
2) A human made fiber: Rayon, Nylon and polyester
Recent studies have shown that polyester, nylon and acrylic fabrics give off thousands of tiny plastic microfibers when they are washed. These fibers travel through our sewage systems and end up in the ocean where marine species can ingest them. The irony is that now we are finding that these plastics can be found in the fish that we eat – meaning we are consuming tiny bits of plastic that came from our clothing. Gross.
Also, made from petrochemicals, these synthetics are non-biodegradable, so they are inherently unsustainable on two counts.
Rayon (viscose) is another artificial fiber, made from wood pulp, which on the face of it seems more sustainable. Non sustainable practices however, such as clearing of old growth forest and/or subsistence farmers are used to make way for pulpwood plantations. Often the tree planted is eucalyptus, which draws up phenomenal amounts of water, causing problems in sensitive regions. To make rayon, the wood pulp is treated with hazardous chemicals such as caustic soda and sulphuric acid.[i]
Derivatives of Rayon are Acetate Acrylic & Lycra.
Acetate replaces silk in lower priced items. There are a lot of benefits to the end use of the garment (water resistant, wrinkle free, price) that has made it so prevalent. Acrylic replaces wool. It’s non-allergenic, dries quickly, draws moisture away from the body and is washable. Lastex developed in 1949 by DuPont Chemical and found under the brand name Lycra is weaved into many products to make them “better fitting”. Say hello to your athletic-wear funding the Koch Brothers who now own the brand. [ii] Also, after too many washing's the fiber breaks down and it is often just thrown into landfill.
Nylon is used for netting, carpets & of course hosiery and also found in bathing suits & fleece. Unfortunately, Nylon manufacture creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Essentially, making these fibers uses large amounts of water for cooling, along with lubricants which can become a source of contamination. Both processes are also very energy-hungry. Think about that when you go to buy your 10th fleece item.
3) Sustainable and Recycled fibers
Lyocell or brand name TENCEL® is a sustainably grown wood product. Because it is a proprietary fabric it is only made by one company in Germany. The company earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. Additionally, the chemicals used in Tencel are non toxic. [iii] For a fabric that has the smallest possible ecological footprint, choose brand-name or another lyocell fabric manufactured in Europe or the United States.
Fabrics found in bathing suits and winter fleece such as rayon, nylon and spandex can also be made using recycled fibers. These fibers are made from recycling plastic beverage bottles. The process is energy intensive but the finished fibers are soft and strong polyester thread that is then woven into fabric. Same fabric as before but keeping those pesky water bottles out of the landfill and oceans is a smart choice.
My research also found out that bleach and chemical dyes (used to color fabrics) are toxic using a combination of man-made dyes and dioxin-producing chlorine compounds. I had to google “dioxins” and was horrified with what I found. On the World Health Organizations website “Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.” [iv] Turns out that dioxins don’t ever degrade and they collect in fatty tissues of animals. (That’s you and me) Ok, so even natural fibers can be tricky to navigate.
Also consider the other materials used in clothing and shoes & accessories like
Leather (with polluting tanning and dying processes, as well as intensive farming impacts and animal rights issues) and PVC – a notoriously toxic material.
Fun stuff. Ultimately, what we put on our bodies have as much as an impact as what we put in it so treat your body like the temple it is and look for those brands that use environmentally responsible and nontoxic materials and use processes & treatment of workers and animals with respect. You can count on the belts, scarves, hats, jewelry and other products at One Savvy Mother has been chosen for the lowest environmental impact. You can trust us. Shop Now
Well, we aren't actually advocating you drop Pinterest but we got your attention didn't we? This month's blog is about pairing your style with the right accessories. We've all bought something on a whim only to find that it goes with nothing in our closets. Here are 8 styles and how to get the best look from your accessories.
You're confident in simple tops & basic slacks. This is your style for work and play and you stick with low patterns, light hues & basic cuts.
Pair this style with a cuff bracelet and a trendy purse of coordinating colors.
You dress with exotic flair and you're leading the pack. The look is bold, mysterious & eye catching.
Choose accessories that have tribal or animal looks. It will give the look without all the fuss.
If your closet holds girly blouses, A-line skirts & cable sweaters you fall into the preppy style. You don't have to dress like a school girl though.
This style doesn't have to be plain. Choose pops of color & classic designs.
4. Bohemian (Boho)
This style is created with intricate patterns & exotic textures.
Choose accessories with fringe that can compete with the patterns or wear neutral that won't compete.
Good news! This style is trending for fall. So pull out your jeans & tees and pair it with a plaid shirt. Boots are optional
Don't forget the hat!
6. Girl Next Door
This look pairs classic design without the rush to be trendy. You don't go wild or exotic and the focus is on simplicity, stripes & tennis shoes.
Choose your accessories from classic designs but added flair for a little eye turning attention.
The polished and sophisticated look is a mainstay. You're an overachiever and your closet is no exception.
Pair your smart and snazzy blazers and pencil skirts with handbags as polished as you are.
This simple and modern look is not like shopping in the boys section but you won't find any lace or frills around. You're more likely to be wearing a graphic tee, straight leg loose fitting slacks and a pair of flats. Now that's how you do it girl-style.
Add a polished look with a belt.
Summer is the season for letting your style shine. From classic beach outfits to breezy date-night dresses, warm weather is all about easy comfort mixed with bold statements. This year, add new dimension to your favorite summertime outfits with thoughtful accessories worn in unexpected ways. Want some tips? Check out our very favorite summertime accessory ideas.
TOP IT ALL OFF
There’s something terribly glamorous about pairing a bathing suit with an over-sized sunhat or donning a cloche while wiling away the day. Don a hat and you'll feel like a 1940’s movie star vacationing in Cannes. There’s also something remarkably logical about it: keep your face in the in the shade so you don’t have to slather on SPF 50.
Given the fact that they’re practical and downright fabulous, there’s a surprising scarcity of eco friendly and stylish hats to choose from with the added benefit of being size adjustable. Bring back this trend with Florabella’s hats. Handcrafted from natural fibers, they stand up to the sun, the wind and will last year from one year to the next. See hat products here
KISS: KEEP IT SIMPLE SUMMER
When it comes to summer jewelry, we’re all about pieces that will make you feel like a goddess. And this year, the goddess we’re envisioning has embraced the minimalism trend. She wears a simple dress with a single, statement-making piece. Like this repurposed leather fringe necklace by Palomino. When it comes to luxurious, sustainable fashion, less is definitely more so you might choose Italian inspired designs by B/C Designs.
Browse jewelry collection here
STAY CLOSE TO NATURE
We hope you get to spend some time in a natural area this summer. For those instances when you can’t escape, bring nature to you with accessories that showcase natural materials.
French scarf maker, Letol uses only organic cotton and designs inspired by the colors of the sea, floral delights and natural shapes. All of the Letol scarves are designed and woven in an artisanal and unique atelier in the South of France, made with 100% organic cotton and washed with a famous soap made of olive oil, called "Savon de Marseille". This makes the scarves ultra-soft. These boho chic, organic scarves are a highly desirable fashion trend in the US and Europe.
GRAB & GO BACKPACK
Are you the type that needs her hands free? Nothing says active-meets-chic like an easy - to -wear sling. Don't get bogged down in your sunscreen instead jump out with a stylish bag that holds only a few items.
At One Savvy Mother we work hard to provide some variety. Choose from upcycled "beer cloth" or the bohemian leather with government tent material (saved from the landfill) This little guy will take you everywhere, from a hike through nature to a walk in the city. And the best part is the look. Shop the look here
Singing in the Rain
As much as we may not like a rainy day in summer it is important for the birds, plants & trees. So for those necessary wet days don't forget cork rain hat. Choose from two styles:
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Happy Summer ! xxoo Lara
What you wear is an insight into your worldview. Just like food, friends, and hobbies, your wardrobe choices express your beliefs, feelings, and outlook.
The clothes we buy impacts the changing world around us. Our clothes tell a story about our lives and what kind of world we want to live in. What story do you want to tell?
We use the term Fast Fashion for low-cost clothing that mimics luxury fashions and reproduces collections en masse. These companies compress the fashion production cycle from months to days. They hire thousands of designers to pump out catwalk-style garments and complete production in time to distribute the clothes to stores within weeks. For example, you can buy a knock off of that dress you saw on a celebrity at the Oscars within a week of the Academy Awards broadcast. It wasn’t always a mass-consumer-obsessed market, though.
The role of a tailor or dressmaker changed in the early 1900s. The industrial revolution allowed us to produce clothes that were both cheap and chic, a delight which human history had never seen. Buying clothing based on what was fashionable had never been feasible on such a scale. In the past, people placed emphasis on repairing their hand-made clothes, rather than keeping up with fashion trends. Even through most of the first half of the 1900s consumers would take good care of their fashion investments, and make careful decisions about purchasing new clothes. Today’s trend takes things a step further: rather than repair, people buy popular, disposable clothing. Due to globalization issues, improved high-volume production abilities, and the ability to make relatively low-cost high-volume fashion purchases, we have traveled far from the original concept of clothing: to protect our bodies from the elements.
There are many reasons Fast Fashion should make us feel uncomfortable:
- Pollutants: Fast fashion is one of the worst causes of pollution in the world. The mass production of poorly-made garments using cheap synthetic materials is taxing on the environment, both to produce and to dispose of.
- Peer pressure: Women feel self-conscious because fast fashion promotes the over-consumption of frivolous clothing. There is constant pressure on women to stay trendy, even when these clothes do not fit well or suit a woman's style.
- Quantity, not quality: We forgo quality in favor of quantity. The timeless pieces that were once closet staples are now exchanged for ill-fitting clothing that changes from season to season.
- Poor factory conditions: In 2013, the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed and exposed the horrendous factory conditions the workers were enduring. This brought attention to how fast fashion functions so cheaply.
Here’s what you can do about it:
- Check your labels: Be aware of where your clothing is made.
- Before making a purchase: Do you already have something like it?
- Repair, don’t replace: Do you just need a repair or do you need a new piece?
- Vote with your wallet: Shop from vendors who share your worldview.
One Savvy Mother strives to help you tell a beautiful story with what you put on your body each morning. Our sourcing policy is very selective.
- We give eco ratings that reflect positive production ethics.
- We sell gorgeously designed accessories from environmentally conscious designers like ReWilder, which repurposes materials that were on their way to the landfill.
- We provide stylish statement pieces from designers that employquality and durability with a distinct style, like Katie Mawson out of England.
- And we love Project Have Hope’s dedication to bringing education, skills, and income to women who need it most.
When you choose simple, beautifully crafted pieces that are timely but independent over fast fashion’s latest trends, you not only look great, but you feel great, too. Your clothing choices make very powerful statements about who you are and what you stand for. Make the relationship you have with your clothes authentic and expressive of the positive change you want to see in the world.
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How to deal with your inability to save the planet. We asked for permission to reprint it and got it. Thank you Jessica!
Ever since reading it I just couldn't stop thinking about the absolute necessity of knowing this. I realize that not everyone is like me. I obsess about the environment. I think about my decisions in terms of what is the impact to the environment. Can I buy a new pair of jeans after 6 years of owning the same pair? Where can I find a good pair of shoes that will last a decade? After taking a plastic free pledge for July I can't go to the grocery store anymore. Everything is encased in plastic and I come home after an hour of agonizing mind whiplash and no food! I annoy my husband because I insist on taking buses, bikes, trains rather than the car and we inevitably end up being late for everything. Our choice for having only one child was because of the need to be responsible of the future. But still it is not enough for me!
Along comes Jessica's blog and suddenly I can feel some breathing room opening up for me. It won't stop me from being as stringent as I can about Mother Earth's resources but at least I don't have to hate myself or worse (you) for not doing it all.
Here it is:
If you have ever cared for the environment, or for people, or for the planet, you probably decided on something you are going to do. Like recycling, flying less, buying sustainable clothes, being nice to others.
And a week later, you throw the plastic bottle in the bin, you book your flight to Sri Lanka, you get socks from H&M, you yell at the person at the counter.
Look, I get it, you are really trying. But let’s get real. We have all these ambitions to do something for a sustainable future, but we are still human beings and acting sustainably can get annoying. The consequence: We kind of hate ourselves.
At first you might find all kinds of excuses (note: just for yourself, nobody else cares very much what you do) and feel fine about it. After you learn more and more about the devastating situation our planet is in, you start to blame yourself for not living up to your values. And after some time, this self blame turns into a subtle hatred towards yourself.
I could tell you now that “It’s ok to fly everywhere you want, it’s ok to eat meat everyday, it’s ok to harm the planet, don’t hate yourself.” I am not. If these things are ok to do or not is a twisted topic by itself and that’s not the point of this article. What this article is about is to stop hating yourself for doing these things. Because hating yourself doesn’t save the planet either.
Some might argue that self-hate is going to push you more into doing good. It doesn’t. The only thing self-hate is pushing is hating yourself and making your life miserable. So stop.
The good news is, self-hate is human and can be handled.
In fact, it’s so human that I dare you to show me one person on this planet who doesn’t hate him- or herself for one reason or the other. If you find one I’ll buy you dinner. The reason is, because they have failed to live up to what they wanted. It’s normal. It’s life.
The way to deal with it might be to ignore it, to numb yourself out by getting really high or drunk, to distract yourself with shopping or to blame everyone else for your shortcomings.
But getting rid of it can’t be the goal. You would have to give up all your goals, ideas, and maybe even your identity. I think sociopaths can do that…
So what I suggest instead is that you learn to reduce your self-hatred, to find ways to deal with it, to turn it into something constructive and to get on with life.
Here are four things that can help.
Again? Why is every article you read lately about awareness? Is it just a hype or the real deal?
Well, from my perspective it’s real. And scientists say the same thing.1)
So what exactly is awareness?
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, awareness is “knowledge that something exists, or understanding of a situation or subject at the present time based on information or experience”
But it can mean something very out of this context as well, as my quick google search spit out:
In the Business Directory, awareness is “In marketing, measure of how well known a brand, firm, or product is. Companies usually set a target for the degree of awareness they intend to achieve, and then plan a promotional campaign to reach that target.”
Well, when I talk about awareness, I mean the first definition. What I mean is that you get conscious of what you are doing and thinking.
- If you meet a guy eating a hamburger and you automatically judge him, because he eats meat and because he got it at McDonalds. Then notice your thoughts. That’s it. Just notice them. Realise they are there.
- If you “accidently” online-shopped bleached toilet paper at Amazon and you feel an underlying inner trouble. Notice it. Don’t judge.
The thing is, once you are aware without judging, you can get your power back and learn to control your thoughts.
(and you could become an awareness-action-hero with the power to be aware of EVERYTHING. If I could make up an action-hero like that it would be a hippo with super-awareness-powers. )
How can you train awareness?
A great way is meditation of course. But I know it’s not everyones cup of tea. So what’s easy to do is to implement a little reminder. Whenever you are reminded, become aware of your thoughts. It doesn’t matter what they are about. A reminder could be an alarm on your cellphone, or a little note sticked to your bathroom mirror, or whenever you touch your necklace.
Try to become aware of your thoughts at least five times daily.
2) Forgive people, including yourself.
Especially in the social / eco scene, we often judge others harshly. “How can he eat that Döner, it’s not organic!” And talk an hour with our best friend or colleague how outrages we are, because that other person did something really stupid.
When I started to really getting into this sustainability stuff, I ended up yelling at my parents for flying to an island for vacation. My parents are very down to earth people who never flew anywhere before, whereas I have just came back from half a year of travelling to Africa. Yes, I did get there by bus, and yes it was very inconvenient, so I ended up flying back.
To my parents, I was being an asshole.
I blame myself for whenever I am flying, but I still do it every once in a while. I hate myself for that. So I hate others for doing it. And then they hate me, because I hate them. Hate. Hate. Hate. Hate. Not helping anyone with that.
So forgive yourself and others by recognising that what you are doing is shitty, but you still love yourself and others despite it.
How do you do that exactly?
This takes some practice, but if you don’t want to be a judgmental asshole (towards yourself and others), you have to accept that things are not always as they should be and that’s ok. We are complex creatures and we all have a million reasons for why we do what we do. The sooner you accept that you and the world are not what it should be, life get’s a lot easier and you’ll have a lot more fun.
3) Expose yourself
Ask your best friend what he or she hates most about herself. The odds are pretty high that it’s the same thing you hate about yourself.
Not talking about the subject doesn’t make it any better.
In my peer group this might look a lot like this.
A person joins her friends, wearing a new shirt.
friend A “Nice shirt, where did you get?”
person with the nice new shirt “Thanks.”
friend A “Where did you get it”
person with the nice new shirt mumbling into her scarf “H&M”
friends A, B, C, and D …concerened silence….
person with the nice new shirt turns red and goes to the bathroom.
End of scene.
Friend B and D go to H&M to buy underwear.
We all do “wrong” things (as I said, I am not getting into the discussion, of what’s wrong or right). Talking about it makes it a lot easier to understand that you are not the only one with these issues and that it’s not a reason to beat yourself up because of it.
4) Ask your mum about it and eat some cake
When you talk to your mum about environmental problems and the devastation you feel towards the planetary development, she will most likely nod understandably and subsequently ask you if you want whipped cream with your cake. Her response is totally awesome and appropriate.
Because talking about it is not really going to change anything. Your mum knows that. She has been there. Trying to save the world is not an outstandingly new idea. Many people tried. Many people failed.
I am not trying to be a jerk, but talking about it is not going to help.
You think “How can mum not be interested and listen to the most important topic of our time?”
Your mum thinks “I wonder if there is enough whipped cream for everyone…”
Talking about it usually makes you and people you talk to anxious. Of course, it is very frightening to think about the global challenges we are facing. But research found out, that bad news only rarely get us to change.2) When a smoker get’s the news that he has lung cancer, one of the first things he wants to do is to smoke a cigarette. People yarn for normality and safety, and no one wants to be reminded of a growing global threat.
The result? People don’t listen to you and you get pissed because they don’t listen to you. You hate them, you hate yourself.
Next time your mum asks you if you want cake, take it and enjoy.
Because isn’t life, no matter what, about the connections you have to other people.
Your mum get’s that. That’s why she invited you in the first place. So shut up for a minute and eat some cake.
|2.||↑||For example does the Neurobiologist Gerald Hüther explain in „Biology of Fear“, that uncontrolled fear basically turns off the limbic system in your brain and the response is to freeze.|
For more information on sustainability booster or to read the article in its original form: http://www.sustainabilitybooster.com/2016/10/10/inability-to-save-the-planet/
This has been my last week and I am happy to say that I'm happy its over. (9/25 officially) The project left me wearied from wearing the same dress over and over. One especially difficult dress I may add. I was able to show it off with some cool scarves though so check out these last photos. Overall here are my top lessons in this project:
- You don't need so many clothes
- that most people don't even notice you
- being stylish is definitely something I strive to show to be.
- Accessories made all the difference
Moving into the final week of this #weartheolddress journey I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up this essential point. As my good friend pointed out we all have our own uniform that is our go-to look. But, no matter what your look is, accessories enhance and can even be responsible for changing that look. (case in point see below)
Is your style business casual with pants and blouse or classic & corporate? Do you reach for those jeans & t-shirts or like me switch is up and strive to look current even if the skirt is 10 years old? Whichever it is look no further. Well, you actually have to click through to see how I’ve put together options for you. To see three different looks and select accessories click here.
These 20 + days have been challenging but I’ve met lots of nice people who have shared their own stories with me about what they are doing to lower their fashion impacts. Those endearing messages are what keeping me going. Thank you!
A while ago OSM wrote a blog on “capsule” wardrobe. A capsule is a version of shopping where you buy 4-6 pieces of similar style clothing and that is all you wear in different combinations. If you are interested in seeing this blog click HERE. I bring up a capsule because that is a bit of what I feel I've got with this project #weartheolddress. For instance the dress is the main piece of apparel. A few extras, a blouse, a sweater, a pair of pants and skirt (if I could figure out how to make it work with the dress ( : ). Since starting this project I’ve been amazed at what I have in my closet that actually (kind of) works with this dress. I own a lot of orange!
So, like a capsule wardrobe there are similarities. Simple yet NOT. I have to figure out a new combination each day and some days it’s as stressful as if I had a closet full of clothes and a big interview. Even with a zillion choices even the simple is hard to do. Although a true capsule is made to all work together and is fairer to Mother Earth (less clothes, less impact) I’m piecing together similar items already in my closet which seems not work as I envisioned at times. For instance, I'm going to a fundraiser in the city and then to Boston Fashion week event later this week. How will I make this dress extra fun and not look like a sundress that I should have taken off before Labor Day! This project ends on September 25, but who’s counting?
In the end though, if it wasn’t for the accessories I don’t know what I’d do. Like drops of dew in the morning, they are there to enhance and change up my capsule wardrobe like my favorite flower the morning glory. Pops of color and enhancement to a canvas. Sometimes the canvas is blank and needs stronger pull from accessories. Other times, it’s the clothing that you want to draw the eye towards so the accessories are demure. Either way, when it’s time to enhance your own wardrobe, One Savvy Mother has a look for you. Ushering in a new style of dress. One that complements Mother Earth as well as it does you.
I bumped into an acquaintance and we began to chat. I of course mentioned about the #weartheolddress project. This women I was speaking to was originally from Russia. She hasn’t been there for a long time but she mentioned to me that when she first moved to U.S. one of her first lessons was that American’s don’t wear the same dress over and over. She quickly learned this lesson and now has a closet full of clothes! It’s a matter of pride that we have so many clothes in our closet right?
(photo taken on 9/6) Note: I really am wearing the dress but unfortunately the jacket is covering it up as I was sitting at this table. I didn’t realize it until after I came home and looked at the pictures. I hope you can imagine it.
When my daughter and I walk into a store she is inevitably drawn to what I call “CCC” (cheap Chinese crap) and using this designation actually helps us to differentiate. We are careful about choosing items. We ask ourselves, does it have a purpose in our lives? How is it made? How long will it last? I’m happy to say this type of questioning has begun to sink into her young brain too. Yay!
It then dawned on me that this project is not about me. It’s about the collective “us” or “we”. Our values as a nation is to consume more- more -more. This motivation is ingrained in us and it will be difficult to make a shift. I say a shift because I’ve never advocated for “turn off the spigot”. Instead, I’m all about moderation and owning the “right” stuff.
But back to the collective “we”. How does this project affect you? Do you see my dress as a symbol? Is it a uniform? Do you feel that I’m skimping so you don’t have too?
What about the outfits I make? Does it inspire you to see yourself in more selective accessories that will update your own uniform? I'll work on some more graphics but in the meantime here is Wednesday's outfit.
ReWilder Bedrock Tote here
Zsiska Bolas Necklace here
This experience is different than I thought it would be. I never thought 30 days would be easy for surely nothing you do for 30 days outside of your routine is “easy” however, changes are happening to me. I can’t quite put my finger on it yet. My creativity is piqued and my efforts are narrowly focused at this point. Regularly now, I’m hearing “nice outfit” or “looking good”. Yes, people are noticing. I’m not alone in this. Knowing that is especially warm feeling. Because I started this to show others that we don't all need to buy buy buy more clothes. Perhaps I'll change a few minds?
I still can’t believe I picked such a difficult canvas. Did I do that on unconsciously? Still, there is a recurring theme. A pattern perhaps? Has anyone picked up on it? It’s subtle. In pairing the dress with my own wardrobe I’m noticing that I own a lot of orange. That in itself is ironic because my favorite color runs in the blue tones. Navy to be exact. So why do I have so much? My Lancaster bucket bag is orange (link), I have an orange jacket, orange jersey, orange sweater, orange belt, orange earrings (link). All I can say is thank goodness I don’t have orange PANTS! That probably would not be very flattering. My Zsiska necklace can be seen here
So, on top of learning more about my own wardrobe there are lessons rattling around but just haven’t come to light yet. I have 14 more days to keep digging.
There's been some complaints that my photos aren't close up enough. Thank you for your honest feedback! I love it and will try to mend my ways.
Day 9 feels more like day 14. I started on a Tuesday. Somehow I lost count and now I’m making it even harder on myself. Boo.
Today is Labor Day and I used the day to rest at home and wash the dress. I had a busy weekend and we were also planning a bike ride to the botanical gardens. I could have worn the dress but my accessories that I would have worn with it seemed a bit dressy for a midafternoon bike ride.
As I started to write about the other day is that although this challenge is to garner attention for fashion accessories and how much they can transform an outfit I realize that there is a sense of satisfaction to wearing different clothes. The cuts, colors, patterns all contribute to an armor that has the power to change our attitudes (I feel strong in this skirt) or change other people’s perceptions (she’s wearing Prada she must be someone) or even embarrass us (people laugh at me because I’m not in the latest fashions). To me that gives clothing power. I realize this more now that I’m in the same dress every day- A dress I may add that I am growing to dislike more each day.
Each day I go into my closet and look at the clothes I usually wear. I love my clothes. I don’t have many, but the ones I wear frequently fit me well and make me feel good wearing them. They aren’t trendy (some are 20 years old) but I can fondly recall when they were new and how much I loved them back then too. I miss them and with the advent of fall I’ll have to put them away until next spring. That makes me sad. (wearing Leather cuff bracelet by Zaya, Santi Post Hoop Earrings by B/C Designs)
On the other hand, I’ll have more options to put some warmer items (like Ozone and Able Made socks) to good use. I am also excited to wear my jeans jacket again. Stay tuned.
I miss my old clothes. The biggest problem I'm encountering thus far is that I love my old clothes and miss wearing them. Boo Hoo. But I've found a way to incorporate them in. This blouse was thrown over the dress and brings some design to the old dress. I'm pleased and will use this blouse again soon. With the addition of the Rena Luxx necklace to add some glamour here I was running errands.
I’m in the groove now. I wake up, shower and pull my freshly laundered dress from the dryer. Ordinarily I would let it drip dry but time is of the essence. Wouldn’t want to take a wet dress and put it on for yet another day would I? Temperature turning cooler today so I’ll wear it with a jacket (you’ll see pictures tomorrow).
Yesterday I ran around and did errands and it was hot. I wore the dress with my Filz n Kunz belt. I don’t carry the belt at OSM but I do have scarves and vest in silk and felted wool. Cool stuff. The belt is felted wool and brings attention to my already bulging belly but I’m standing like a model so it’s less accentuated. See I’m learning things. Alongside me is my bucket bag by Lancaster (in orange mais oui) that I’m seeing advertised in every high end store like Bergdorfs, Bloomies & Saks 5th Ave. We sell ours for a fraction of the price. If I started with a black dress instead I’d be able to hide the fact that it is the same dress more easily. No, I chose the striped orange one. Why? This is interactive-hour. Please post your pictures on FB pictures of your old dress that you wear and wear and wear. Show me the combination of accessories you use. (wearing Bucket Bag by Lancaster )
I’m on day 5 for #weartheolddress. It’s boring but also a relief to know what you’re wearing for the day. Today, I’ve also put together a collection of 2 belts, a few tops and my jean jacket to wear with the dress as the weariness of it all gets too heavy. Also, as the weather turns cooler I’ll add some knee socks that I hope will keep me warm.
Today I wore my fresh water pearls, pearl stud earrings, a big wide belt and a top. The pearls are 10 years old. The top was a hand me down from my mother! and the belt I picked up a few years ago. In years this outfit is older than me!
I wish I had some modelling training though. It’s hard to position the body for maximum length, looks and design. I’ve always had respect for models and photographers. The camera is not often my friend. Especially in this dress.
I don’t know what possessed me choose this dress as the dress to wear for 30 days. This dress, an ordinary, preppy sundress came my way not too long ago. A friend passed it on because it didn’t fit her anymore. I tried to not take it. It wasn’t my style. There was nothing of any particular style to it. My friend left without the dress. I wanted to ignore it. To give it away immediately. Something made me try it on. It didn’t look particularly good on me. It wasn’t flattering. It accentuated an already rounded stomach. I can’t explain what about this dress I wanted to keep in my life but I was drawn to this dress that was neither my style nor very flattering.
Yet I wanted a challenge because starting an ecommerce site wasn’t enough challenge for me I guess. Mostly though, I wanted to experiment with how accessories can change the look of any dress.
The challenge is on! Watch me as I catalog and slog through 30 days of the same dress.
wearing: Double stone Lariat by Rena Luxx, Florabella cloche
I think we’ve finally caught on. These trends are about reusing & resurrecting your old items from the back of the closet.
Here are 3 trends you probably have in your closet already:
- Reconstructed Denim: We love this one. The biggest news coming up in jeans is cutting up your old jeans. Well, sort of. But we like that idea! Designers are reinventing denim- up by cutting and sewing different pairs of jeans together to create a unique, artsy vibe. I think we’ll try this at home.
- Androgynous '90s Style: Pull your '90s fashion from the back of the closet. The 90’s decade trend of logo sweats are being resurrected. So pull it from the wardrobe and wear it with pride that yours will be original....and remember those shearling jackets last seen on the TV show “Wings”? Well they’re back and anything goes so pull it out from storage and forgo spending the money for the new one.
- Shades of Tan: The trend continues so don’t push past your tan colored sweaters and jackets because they seem boring. Dress them up with a bright scarf instead. Using color in a pant or scarf will breathe life into this beautiful color in all its hues!
So, go ahead and add that differentiated style through color or shape of your bag. One Savvy Mother has the latest in upcycled bags, totes of bright colors, jewelry, scarves and socks to keep you looking stylish without the new wardrobe.
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Why Use Cork? A Look at BENT AND BREE’s Cork Bags
Right now, cork is our absolute favorite alternative to leather. Why? It’s natural, biodegradable, renewable and vegan. BENT AND BREE, an up and coming brand that’s dedicated, is renowned for designing cork bags, totes and wallets. We take a closer look into their favorite material.
The Material: Cork
The high-quality cork fabric used in BENT & BREE’s bags is what really makes these pieces shine. Made from the shavings of Cork Oak trees, cork can be harvested every nine years without harming the trees. This makes cork a renewable, biodegradable and altogether sustainable material. What’s more, cork oak trees grow naturally without the use of any pesticides, watering or pruning.
Cork fabric is made by compressing a thick slick of cork with a natural fabric like cotton. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, it’s extremely durable, waterproof, stain resistant and easy to clean. Portugal is the number one producer of cork, as Cork Oak trees are native to the region. BENT & BREE sources its cork from Portugal, where it works with artisans to make gorgeous designs.
Shop all Cork Bags (link).