How Having a Sustainable and Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Can Help You Organize Your Life
As an affront to the tenets of fast fashion, sustainable brands that protect the interests of all the stakeholders – business, workers, planet – are out to change the harmful trend of compulsive consumerism. Your role is becoming more deliberate of your fashion choices and one way to do that is to transform your closet into a sustainable and minimalist capsule wardrobe. Here’s how it can help change your life:
Figure out what matters
Organizing consultant Marie Kondo explains that her tidying method applies to any part of life, and it begins with asking yourself whether an item brings you joy. Closets are often a collection of clothes you’ve acquired through the years even if you have no use for them anymore. In changing your wardrobe, you can apply the tips previously posted here on the Janet M. Taylor blog: keep, toss, donate, and repurpose.
Spend less money, time, and energy on things that don’t matter
There is some truth to the stereotype that most women (and some men) take hours of figuring out what to wear. That is because there are too many items to choose from, and don’t make the mistake of picking out the wrong outfit.
Matilda Kahl wrote on Harper’s Bazaar how having one work outfit transformed her life, because she no longer felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. If you don’t buy frivolous amounts of clothes, the following things can happen: your wallet will thank you; you won’t need to stress out about your daily outfit; and you’ll have more money, time, and energy doing the things that you actually want to do.
Everything has a sense of purpose
You know how a hotel room has everything you need, and yet it remains spacious? That’s because everything from the bathroom amenities to your closet space has a sense of purpose. The big difference between hotels and your home is that you don’t feel as overwhelmed in a room for rent. People’s homes are usually filled with unnecessary clutter, and it’s the same with clothes. Capsule wardrobes ensure that you only have versatile pieces that serve their purpose.
More compassionate way of living
Whittling your closet down to a few essential items also has a significant impact on the planet. People share in the responsibility of caring for their home and everyone and everything else dwelling in it. The fashion industry is not just a contributor, but the second-most polluting industry, according to a feature by The Guardian. Oil is terrible for the environment, but the clothes you wear is right behind it.
For this reason, it is important to realign your fashion habits with sustainability, and following the example of others can steer you in the right direction. Models and celebrities are the biggest influencers of fashion trends, and choosing who to follow can greatly affect your choice as a consumer. The Today Show’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie wears Stella McCartney shoes, which can sway the viewer’s mindsets when it comes to shopping. Stella McCartney is one of the first fashion labels to do an overhaul of their operations, and it’s now a sought-after brand for sustainable and cruelty-free fashion. Celebrities who are well aware of the impacts of fashion can change the course of the industry by promoting brands that are founded on sustainable practices.
With high-end brands pioneering the movement, the hope is that minimal wardrobes can become the reality for many people. Having a capsule wardrobe forces you to be more mindful of your purchases, which comes with an opportunity to support a business that operates on good values. It foils the cycle of waste, and helps you clarify your style in the process. Less is more rings true, and this mindset can begin with your fashion sense.