Here at THR3EFOLD we have one major pet peeve our team shares, ho-hum holly-hobby products prancing around as ethical fashion. It may be ethical, but fashion it is not. You do not have to look like you live on a farm and make your own fuel out of corn to be a conscious consumer and we are trying to debunk that stereotype as quickly as possible. There are actually many simple things you can do to lower your footprint without compromising your style. One of those steps is building a capsule wardrobe.
The Case for Capsule
A capsule wardrobe is a mini closet of versatile pieces you LOVE to wear. The benefits of a capsule wardrobe is twofold. First, studies show that we have a limited number of decision we can make each day, so by having fewer items in your closet that all coordinate, you minimize your morning decisions and maximize your ability to be a #boss the rest of the day. Secondly, it forces you to be conscious about your purchases. You are no longer buying items that don’t necessarily match anything you own, causing you to then go buy more pieces so you can complete the look, all of which you tire seeing after a handful of wears and ultimately discard to repeat the process all over again.
How To Build a Capsule Wardrobe
1 | Pin
This is the really fun part. Peruse through Pinterest and pin inspirational images of styles that really speak to you. At this point don’t let budget be a factor, this is your dream board and dreaming is free. After you’ve pinned your little heart out, consult your board and gather any trends that emerge from it. Does a minimalistic Gwyneth Paltrow wardrobe speak to you? Maybe it’s a bit edgier like Gwen Stefani? What stores offer this style best?
2 | Purge
Now that you have your style muse in mind, it’s time to do the hard part, clean out your closet! Enlist the help of a tough love friend if needed, but go through your closet and get rid of anything you haven’t worn more than 5 times in 2 years. You’ll be surprised by how much that may be, aside from special occasion pieces, we all have a great deal of pieces in our closet we simply never use. Now take that purge pile and get rid of it! We’ve actually already given some great advice on recycling your textiles, and where to donate old clothes.
3 | Plan Your Foundation
Now that you’ve purged what you don’t need, you’ll find you have a few holes in your closet you now need to fill. Consulting your Capsule Wardrobe inspiration board, figure out what pieces you are missing to complete your closet. One killer 3 piece suit? More black items to pull all your pieces together perhaps? Make a list on your phone of what you need, so you can consult this while you’re shopping. You can even begin adding to your capsule wardrobe Pinterest board as you online shop for the pieces you need.
4 | Go Shopping
Now that you are armed with your inspiration and your shopping list, hit the streets (or the interwebs). Keep in mind some of these pieces may require you spending more than you are used to with your impulse purchases so give yourself grace to slowly check off the list. Remember these pieces you are buying will be worn time and time again for a very long time, so the goal is to buy higher quality pieces that will survive many fashion trends, and much wear and tear. Quality over quantity is your new mantra. It’s actually cheaper in the long run, we promise.
30 Wears Challenge
As you grow in your new shopping habits, keep this one gatekeeper in mind, will I wear this 30 times? This basically means you are wearing this item 2-3 times per week in one season. This guards you from emotional shopping where you will only feel best about that purchase right there at the counter, compared to a capsule wardrobe where the worst you will ever feel is at the counter and will be happier and happier with your decision every time you wear that item after that. This is how you shop for investments not emotions.
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