To kick start the SLOW FASHION content for the site, I thought it might be a good idea to share my experience with embracing a minimalist capsule wardrobe. My 2020 New Years Resolution was to live a more sustainable lifestyle. The goal was to stop buying clothes, use the ones I already own and just declutter my wardrobe. I initially was reluctant to take on the challenge but have not looked back since.
Starting the challenge
I feel like even though I took on the challenge in January, it has taken me almost 6 months to sort my wardrobe out. I won’t lie, the process was a little painful in the beginning for two reasons:
1. I love to shop
2. I do not throw things away
A combination that was not ideal, but means that if I can do it, so can you. To start off the journey, I created a checklist of my “ideal capsule wardrobe”. A wardrobe, that I aspired to have. 6 months later and approximately 10 clear outs, I have achieved my 2020 resolution. I am now a proud owner of a 49-piece wardrobe. It is a little larger than I had hoped for initially, but it feels right for me. I feel I now have everything I need, and I am minding my clothes so much more now. I am a little shocked that I managed it but also delighted with myself.
The minimalist capsule wardrobe checklist
I thought it might be useful to share my checklist with you so you can see how I split my clothing into categories. Below you will find a checklist that covers all seasons & items that can be swapped in and out. For example, long sleeve tops can be light kami tops for summer months and warm hoodies for winter.
What I learned
The most important thing I learned from the minimalist capsule wardrobe process is that you need to fall back in love with the clothes you own and take better care of your garments. Everything that was in my wardrobe outside of the checklist was either put in the attic for another season or given to charity. Fortunately, I did not have to dump any clothes as everything was in pretty good condition but if items just aren’t salvageable, then you may need to be rootless.
Thanks for Reading
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