I’m kind of sick of fast-fashion but I understand sustainable fashion is still at a point where is not economically achievable for everyone (including myself). So today I’m going to show you some ways to curate your capsule wardrobe to have it ready for the next Autumn-Winter seasons, in the most sustainable way possible!
I already started curating my own wardrobe, following these mantras. And I also started working with sustainable brands and I couldn’t be more excited about that! Because it is a way for me – and you – to get to know more sustainable brands, important information about the production processes, materials used, etc. So I will leave you here a couple of links of blog posts I did collaborating with an amazing sustainable brand if you want to check them out!
So let’s get started with my ways to curate your Autumn-Winter sustainable capsule wardrobe, shall we?
Whenever you are in a situation where you feel inclined to buy something new. Take a step back and actually think of the clothes you already own and see if you are going to actually wear what you want to buy. There are a few red flags for me; the first being if I already own something similar. Then I have to think if it’s worth replacing it. Most of the times, the answer is no. The other red flag that comes to mind, is if the item is very trendy, or somehow out of my comfort zone. I normally never get these type of items because I know I won’t wear them enough to justify the expense, and most of the time these items are not even sustainable at all. So just DON’T BUY THEM.
Looking after your clothes increase their lifespan. And that’s the goal here! So make sure to wash them properly, and to care for them so that they don’t become that one-wear item in your closet! That’s the opposite of sustainable, and that’s the opposite of capsule wardrobe. So care for all of your clothes so they last as long as they can.
If you invest in high-quality garments and materials, then their lifespan is also going to be a lot longer! High-quality materials are often more expensive, but you can find great deals at many stores. Fast-fashion brands are actually making a little effort to contribute to sustainability, so you can do your research and see if you can find quality clothes at an inexpensive price tag. Either way, at the end of this post I will link to some items of my own sustainable wardrobe.
- NEXT LIFE
If you consider some of your clothes are not enough to belong to your new capsule wardrobe, then instead of throwing them away, just make sure you think carefully about their next life. Are they in good condition? Donate them. Can you reuse or recycle those materials? Do it! Ask a friend if they could find a way to reuse your clothes. Maybe you have a crafty friend, or a fashion designer who would benefit from those materials! Do your research before tossing everything away!
- SHOP VINTAGE
I know shopping vintage is a degree on itself. It’s very difficult to vintage-shop, and we all need to master this skill. Is amazing how much great stuff you can find at vintage stores. And buying second-hand is one of the most sustainable approaches to fashion! And also involves many of the points that I already mentioned, such as “the next life” of your clothes!
Find ways to fix your clothes when something happens to them! Maybe a pair of trousers got really bad at the hem. Instead of throwing them away, maybe make them shorter! Or maybe even turn them into a full-on short for the summer! Maybe your blazer has a little tear, well, then find a cool patch or something to put on it! There are many fun ways to repair a garment, before thinking of getting rid of it.
Got an old t-shirt you want to get rid of? Use it as a kitchen cloth to clean stuff. Use it as a towel to dry your dog after its baths. Take out the buttons of that shirt and use them for another shirt. The possibilities are endless!
- BASICS ARE YOUR BFFS
Investing in great high-quality basics is a very easy way to make sure you won’t get bored with your wardrobe. Also, I’m almost certain that you will wear them A LOT. So you will compensate for those high price tags. And high-quality basics always look amazing and are the foundation of any capsule wardrobe.
- BUY WITH INTENTION
Hang in there my friend! We all know the feeling of thinking we NEED to buy something. But the truth is, we don’t. So just hang in there and buy consciously, and intentionally. Everything else, can stay at the store.
It really annoys me that I couldn’t come up with a 10th option here, because #VIRGO, and it bothers me that this list ended with a 9.
Anyway, OCDs away, I hope you found this post helpful! And I can’t wait to see you all in your amazing sustainable capsule wardrobes this coming Autumn and Winter! Below you will find links to the pieces of my own capsule wardrobe. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, I’m always there updating you guys with fun stuff! See ya!