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My Journey Towards a Conscious Closet

Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved clothing.  I loved clothing so much that for the good part of my 20’s (and on into 30’s), a very large chunk of my paycheck went towards my closet.  And so much that most of those clothes landed up in heaping piles throughout my room.  And so much that I would blankly stare at my closet before determining that I had nothing to wear and the only solution was that obviously I needed to buy more. 

No, that was not love.

When you love something, you take care of it.  You honor it.  You appreciate it.  My proclaimed love for clothing was far from it. 

In 2015, I first came across the term Capsule Wardrobe from Caroline Rector’s blog, Un-Fancy.  The concept and her words resonated so deeply with me that I stayed up until 3am reading every single post.  I say, with no exaggeration, it instantly shifted the way I viewed my closet and even more so (although not as knowing at the time), the way I viewed myself. 

What is a capsule wardrobe?  The Huffington Post defines it as “a minimal, interchangeable wardrobe with a finite number made up of clothes you actually love to wear.”  From what I’ve read, it was originally coined in the 1970s, but you may have noticed that the term has become increasingly popular over the past few years.

My Spring 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

I settled on 39 pieces for my Spring 2015 Capsule.  At the time, I needed the discipline and the proof for myself that I could do this.  It felt really good.  Getting dressed was fun and less stressful.  I was more creative in my outfit choices.  And most fascinating to me was the compulsive need to shop just wasn’t there.

This path also opened my eyes to more of the environmental concerns and ethics around clothing, and specifically the fast fashion culture that has fueled this.  Much more on the specifics of that coming in a blog post soon, but sustainability has played an important part of how I view my closet today.

So where am I now when it comes to my closet?

I don’t keep a specific number of items in my wardrobe.  And although I first vowed to only bring in new pieces of clothing that in some way were sustainable and/or ethical, that doesn’t always happen either. 

But what I am now is conscious about my closet.  I pay attention to what I’m bringing in to my space and how it fits in my overall lifestyle. I reflect on my personal style and how it continues to evolve. And most importantly, I am more thoughtful to ensure that my purchases align with my values.

I’m excited to share more on my personal style, especially how it fits within the context of a more mindful wardrobe. I certainly don’t view myself as a “fashion blogger”, but what I’ve learned through simplifying my closet as well as other areas of my life is something I’m passionate to share with others.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you like to read style posts? What are your thoughts on capsule wardrobes and/or sustainable fashion?

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