summer 2017 capsule wardrobe

Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces, Part 4

Happy Monday! Today is part 4 of my summer 2017 capsule wardrobe challenge. Even though I only have two outfits left in this capsule wardrobe challenge, I can definitely continue creating new outfits. How are you doing in your capsule wardrobe challenge? Do you feel like you are lacking ideas? If so, I hope this post will encourage you to flex your creativity muscles and re-wear your old clothes more often!

Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Outfit 6

Outfit No. 6 from Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

In outfit No. 6, I am pairing the off-shoulder top with Levi’s 501 White Shorts. You can see the 10 pieces I selected for this capsule wardrobe challenge.

How sustainable is Levi’s? Well, Levi’s is not a 100% sustainable fashion brand yet, but the classic denim brand has been proactive with their sustainability initiatives. In 2010, they launched the Better Cotton initiative to train farmers to use less harmful substances when growing cotton. As of 2017, Levi’s only uses 20% of the cotton that is qualified for Better Cotton, but they plan to purchase all their cotton from sustainable sources from 2026.

Source: http://www.levi.com/US/en_US/features/sustainability

If you love Levi’s but want a more vintage cut, RE/DONE is a good option.  RE/DONE is a repurposed denim brand, and they partner with Levi’s to bring back the old classic wardrobe staples in the vintage cut. Unfortunately, supporting sustainable fashion is not always cheap. A pair of RE/DONE denim costs around $200, but they are for sure classic and timeless.

Personally, I can’t tell the difference between Levi’s and RE/DONE, and I opt for Levi’s because the price is way more reasonable. Here are some side by side comparisons:

 Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Outfit 6
Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Outfit 7

Outfit No.7 from Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

In outfit No.7, I switched out the shorts from outfit No.6 and paired with jeans. This is such a simple way to mix and match, and yet the look and feel is drastically different. Here I am wearing 7 for All Mankind denim. 7 for All Mankind is one of my favorite denim brands because the way they fit and the material. They are made in the USA, and they also provide organic cotton options for those of you who want to support sustainable fashion.

If you are interested in getting an off-should top, I’ve provided some options here from sustainable fashion brands.

Summer 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Outfit 7

I hope you enjoy this blog post! If you are too doing a capsule wardrobe challenge this summer, be sure to leave me a comment or slide into my DM with your outfit photos on Instagram! I would love to see how you re-wear your old clothes!

Last but not least, if you have any sustainable fashion brands that you would like to know more about, please leave me the name, and I will try to research more.

Smile and style on!

SK


Outfit Information

Yumi Kim Off Shoulder Top

Levi’s 501 Shorts in White

7 for All Mankind Jeans 

Jimmy Choo White Heels (Old, similar here)

Re-wear old clothes and treat polyester responsibly. 10x10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces Part 3

10×10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces, Part 3

Re-wear old clothes and treat polyester responsibly. 10x10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces Part 3

Re-Wear Old Clothes & Treat Polyester Responsibly

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. This is part 3 of my 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge with floral pieces. In today’s post, I will showcase 2 outfit ideas to inspire you to re-wear old clothes that are not deemed as classic or timeless. Additionally, I will also explain why polyester is not sustainable and explore ways to treat old polyester clothes responsibly.

In case you missed the first part of this 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge, you can go back to this post to see the 10 pieces I included.

Outfit 5

In outfit 5, I am restyling this floral skirt from ZARA 5 years ago! Despite being worn for many years, the skirt is well kept because it is made out of polyester. While polyester is not a sustainable fabric, this synthetic fabric is so much sturdier than their sustainable counterparts such as linen and viscose. On the upside, polyester doesn’t shrink, pill up, or wrinkle easily, and it is low-maintenance and long-lasting. However, since polyester is a petroleum based synthetics, it will take at least 20 years and up to 200 years to decompose in landfills. A prolonged decomposition has many negative impacts on the environment such as toxic gas emission and soil contamination, etc. And so now, despite the many benefits polyester clothes may have, I gravitate toward sustainable and biodegradable fabrics such as organic cotton, tencel, and viscose, etc.

Re-wear old clothes and treat polyester responsibly. 10x10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces Part 3

I bought this polyester skirt from ZARA 5 years ago not knowing its environmental consequences. But now that I already have the skirt, what can I do? If you also wonder the same thing, here are some actions you can take:

  • Re-wear old clothes more often. For example, I have worn the same ZARA skirt here and here
  • Donate or hand it down. Read this: Style Advice: 19 Different Ways to Sell, Recycle, and Donate Old Clothes
  • Recycle. Even though polyester is not sustainable, it can be recycled and reused! Today, many fast fashion retail giants take back old clothes from consumers and recycle them. Besides H&M, companies such as American Eagle Outfitters, Eileen Fisher, Levi-Strauss & Co., Nike, The North Face, Patagonia, and Zara all collect old clothes in their stores. Nike even recycles old shoes as well!

Update: H&M Conscious actually makes clothes with recycled polyester. You can see their new line on their Conscious Exclusive.

Re-wear old clothes and treat polyester responsibly. 10x10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces Part 3

Outfit 6

In outfit 6, I am restyling this two-piece dress from VETTA. I pulled down both sleeves and wore it as an off-shoulder dress, as opposed to a one-shoulder dress you saw in the last post: Sustainable Fashio Review: VETTA Capsule wardrobe.

Re-wear old clothes and treat polyester responsibly. 10x10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces Part 3

When I re-wear old clothes, I tend to add accessories to switch up the overall look and feel. What makes outfit No.6 drastically different from outfit No.3 is the pairing with a blue purse and nude heels. The different accessories made the look appear to be more casual and day-time friendly.

Re-wear old clothes and treat polyester responsibly. 10x10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces Part 3

Further Read on Sustainable Fashion

If you are interested in learning more about waste textile and garment care, here are some good articles:

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this blog post! If you have any topics related to sustainable fashion that you want to know more about, please leave me a comment below!

Smile and style on!

SK


Outfit Information

Since majority of the clothes I wore here are old and sold out, I provided similar alternatives below that are sustainable (either made ethically or made with biodegradable fabrics):

The Reformation Silvia Skirt

Mara Hoffman One Shoulder Mini Dress in Black

VETTA Two – Piece Dress in Black

 

Sustainable Fashion Review: VETTA Capsule Wardrobe

Hi, everyone! In today’s post, I will be reviewing a sustainable fashion brand called VETTA capsule wardrobe, and I’ll be sharing Outfit No.3 & No. 4 from my Summer 2017 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge!

Sustainable Fashion Review: VETTA Capsule Wardrobe

VETTA is a sustainable fashion brand that specializes in capsule wardrobes. In VETTA, each capsule wardrobe consists of only 5 pieces, but you can mix and match them to create 30 different outfits. This sounds like a steal, right? But are the clothes actually living up to VETTA’s bold claim? Read more to find out!

 

sustainable fashion review VETTA capsule wardrobe

I currently only have one item from VETTA, and it’s this two-piece dress in black. Just like what you see on their site, the dress is super versatile.  I have been wearing it often both as a dress and a top. I haven’t tried it as a skirt, but ideas are coming!

Sizing

My frame is 32-24-34, and I usually fit a size 0 and XS. I got XS from VETTA, and the dress is true to size. Since the dress has mostly elastic bands, I think if you are in between sizes, go for the smaller size instead!

Quality

The two-piece dress from VETTA is made out of a biodegradable fabric called Tencel. The dress feels substantial and soft. The seams are well tailored. And the tassels are holding up well even after a couple washes. To summarize, the dress has a good quality.

Maintenance

Although the dress doesn’t come with a garment care tag, I have been cold washing it with a laundry bag in machine and then hang-drying it. The tassels still stay in good shapes, and the fabric dries decently fast.  However, the dress does get wrinkly after a wash, and you do have to steam it to achieve the straightened look.  I have tried ironing it, but it doesn’t really work.  But all in all, this dress is meant for casual occasions, and so a wrinkle or two doesn’t hurt.

Versatility

This two-piece dress has quickly become my favorite dress because of the versatility. Besides wearing it as a dress, I love separating out the off-shoulder portion and wear it as a top. This dress is extremely good for traveling.  In my opinion, this dress is well worth $119 because of its versatility and sustainability.

Verdict

Overall, I recommend VETTA. While I can’t say VETTA is cheap, the dress I got from them has good quality, and it is very affordable for a sustainable fashion brand. Also, I care more about the cost per wear than the pricetag itself. Given how versatile VETTA’s clothes are, I think their pieces are worth every dime because I will wear them very often.

  1. Pieces from VETTA are multi-functional and versatile. I have deep respect for the designer behind VETTA because this two-piece dress is extremely well designed and thought-out. Also, based on the site, every piece in VETTA can be worn in multiple ways. Take this wrap top as an example, you can wear it in at least 4 different ways.
  2. VETTA is a sustainable fashion and ethical fashion brand. All VETTA pieces are made ethically in NYC with sustainable fabrics such as Tencel and deadstock fabrics. Additionally, they pay close attention to details and use recycled materials for all their packaging too.
  3. Capsule wardrobes at VETTA is mini-sized and great for traveling. I commute to work by plane and travel on a weekly basis. And so I always look out for travel friendly items whenever I go shopping. VETTA pieces are great for traveling because each piece is versatile and fast to dry. If you prefer to travel light like me, look out for clothes that are made with biodegradable fabrics such as Tencel and Viscose. These two materials are known for fast-drying.

I hope you find this review helpful! Besides the two-piece dress I am wearing, I also like these items from VETTA:

Summer 2017 10×10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Outfit #3

Sustainable Fashion Review VETTA Capsule Wardrobe

 

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In Outfit No. 3 from my Summer 2017 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge, I am wearing this black dress from VETTA. I pulled up one sleeve and wore as a one-shoulder dress. But you can also see how I wore it as an off-shoulder top here. If you love one-shoulder dresses, you can find more color options from VETTA. Additionally, you can also find other one-shoulder dresses from Mara Hoffman which is also a sustainable fashion brand:

Summer 2017 10×10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Outfit #4

Summer 2017 10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge outfit 4

In outfit No. 4 of my 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge, I paired this off-shoulder top from Yumi Kim with these green pants I got from Vietnam. I love this off-shoulder top because the sleeves are sewed separately from the tube top, making it easier to move around. You can find other sustainable off-shoulder options from this blog post: Sustainable Fashion for 8 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends in 2017!

I bought these pants from Libe workshop in Vietnam, and you can see how I wore it differently from this blog post:Shopping in Saigon, Vietnam Part 1

Summer 2017 10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge outfit 4

Summer 2017 10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge outfit 4

I hope you enjoy this post! Leave me a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.

Smile and style on!

SK


Outfit Information:

Yumi Kim Off Shoulder Top 

VETTA Black Dress

Chanel Bag

Jimmy Choo Heels (Old) (Similar here)

 

Summer 2017 10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge

10×10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces

10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge with Floral Pieces

Who says you have to stick to neutral colors and classic styles in a capsule wardrobe? To bust this common misconception, I am doing a 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge with floral pieces and contemporary styled clothes.

To me, the intent of a 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge is to buy less and re-wear your existing clothes more often. Realistically, not everyone has a highly curated closet filled with classic staples in coordinating colors. So next time when you see some monochromatic closet pictures off from a capsule wardrobe fashion blog, stop feeling the need to converge and buy new clothes. Everyone has a different style, and you have to embrace the innate differences in people’s tastes in order to discover your own. With that said, own what you have and make the most out of your old clothes.

Personally, I have a lot of floral pieces in my closet, and I feel that they are just as flexible to mix and match. So, in the next couple posts, I am doing a 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge with floral pieces. Ready? Let’s get started!

10×10 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge with Floral Pieces

In this 10×10 capsule wardrobe challenge, I incorporated floral pieces and statement pieces. And they are:

  1. [Sustainable Fashion Brand] Vetta Capsule Two-Piece Dress in Black
  2. Yumi Kim Dream On Top – [Sustainable Off Shoulder Top: Misa Los Angeles, the Reformation]
  3. [Made in USA] 7 of All Mankind Destroyed Jeans
  4. [Classic] Levis White Shorts
  5. [Vietnamese Brand] Libe Pink Top – [Sustainable Fashion Option: Everlane]
  6. [Vietnamese Local Brand] Libe Green Pants – [Sustainable Fashion Option: People Tree]
  7. Zara Blue Floral Skirt (super old) – [Sustainable Fashion Floral Skirt: the Reformation]
  8. [Designer] Jimmy Choo White Heels – [Similar here, here]
  9. [Sustainable] Aloha Black Espadrilles  (I had trouble with shipping :/) Replacing this with my Jeffery Campbell sandals from this post: Blue Roses || WYLDR Shift Dress with Jeffrey Campbell Gladiator Sandals
  10. [Designer] Pour Le Victoire Nude Heels (super old) – [Sustainable Fashion Sandals: MaraisNisolo]

While not all the items mentioned above are from sustainable fashion brands, they are all old pieces that I have worn many many times. And you can find them in all my old fashion posts.

LIBE pink top and green pants here: Sustainable Fashion Review: Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription

Zara blue floral skirt here: Shopping Tips: How to Shop for Trench Coats?

Outfit No.1

10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge with Floral Pieces

10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge with Floral Pieces

The blue floral skirt is from Zara, and I have had it for 4-5 years. Even though I bought the skirt so long ago, the style and the material still feel current. You can even find a similar style at the Reformation too. While Zara is a fast fashion giant, I am very impressed by their ability to quickly produce fashionable, high quality pieces at such an affordable price.

Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Zara has actually gotten stricter with their policies to ensure ethical productions. They are rated as A- company in terms of ethical production and safe factory work environment. And this site even praised Zara for being transparent with their supply chain information. While the whole fast fashion business model is damaging to the environment, I think that it’s okay to buy from Zara if I see a good quality piece that I love since I don’t shop that much to begin with now.

 

Outfit No. 2

10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge with Floral Pieces

In the second outfit, I separated the off-shoulder top from this black dress I received from Vetta Capsule. I found the business concept at Vetta Capsule super cool and innovative. They prepare a mini capsule wardrobe for you with 5 super versatile pieces. Many of these pieces are multifunctional, and you can mix and match to create 30 different outfits with only 5 pieces.  Additionally, their clothes are made ethically in NYC with biodegradable fabrics. I plan on creating more outfits with this dress, and I can’t wait to share a more in-depth review about Vetta Capsule in the next couple posts.

10x10 capsule wardrobe challenge with Floral Pieces

Hope you enjoy these two outfits! I am excited to complete this 10×10 Capsule Wardrobe challenge with floral pieces! Do you have any questions or comments? Please leave me a comment! 🙂

Smile and style on!

SK

A Capsule Wardrobe for Work with Sustainable Fashion Brands

A Capsule Wardrobe for Work with Sustainable Fashion Brands

Inspired by this post on Reddit, I am sharing a capsule wardrobe for work with sustainable fashion brands. Enjoy!

Why did I build a capsule wardrobe for work?

I decided to create a capsule wardrobe for work because I wanted to cut down the time I spent on packing.

When I am not blogging at night, I am a consultant by day. To many, being a consultant may seem like a fancy job. Commute by plane every week, and platinum statuses at major hotels and airlines. Yes, the traveling aspect of being a consultant is pretty cool at first, but it can be weary over time. Aside from being away from home every week, one minor dreadful thing I have to do every Sunday is packing for the entire week. I used to kill my entire Sunday night trying to decide what to wear at work.

But now I spend less than 15 mins packing everything for work. How? I built a capsule wardrobe for work, and I set a work uniform for the week. Currently, I pack 3 dresses, 1 navy blazer, and 1 pair of black flats to work. (Pic coming soon! But below was my work uniform during winter time)

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Related: Style Advice: A Simple Guide to Creating Work Outfits

Have a capsule wardrobe and a uniform for work has helped me free up time from overthinking about my outfits at work. And I definitely have gotten more productive.

Well, without further ado, here is a capsule wardrobe for work with sustainable fashion brands.

A Capsule Wardrobe for Work in Sustainable Fashion Brands

In this table, you can find business essentials from sustainable fashion brands at different price points. One thing I do have to note is that I couldn’t find any sustainable pencil skirts at a reasonable price point. If you find anything, please leave me a comment below!

 Low Price Point (< USD $100)Middle Price Point (< USD $200)High ( USD $200+)
Top
Button-down ShirtPeople Tree, 68

Siizu, 98
Style Saint, 106

Amour Vert, 168
White T-Shirt
Threads for thought, 18

People Tree, 35

Everlane, 35
Camisole / Tank / Blouse Aeon Row, 36

People Tree, 45

People Tree, 75

Everlane, 68

Vetta Capsule, 89
Amour Vert, , 138

Amour Vert, , 148
Long-Sleeve
Style Saint, 68Eileen Fisher, 138Shop Doen, 224
SweaterPeople Tree, 91ELEVEN SIX, 147Naadam, 250
Outerwear
Cardigan People Tree, 98People Tree, 109Eileen Fisher, 318
BlazerPeopletree, 198The Reformation, 228

Stella McCartney, 570
Trench CoatAmerican Apparel, 120

Peopletree, 168

JannJune, 202
Burberry, 1800
Winter CoatStella McCartney, 1400
Bottom FONNESBECH, 89JannJune, 112

Style Saint, 129

The Reformation, 178

The Reformation, 198
Trousers / Pants / Chinos Shop Doen, 79The Reformation, 118

DL1961, 168
SkirtsPeople Tree, 99


Style Saint, 98
Dress People Tree, 67.50People Tree, 101.25Minan Wong, 350
Shoes
Flats Everlane, 120

Everlane, 125

Nisolo, 128

Everlane, 168

Marais USA, 188
Marais, 225

By Far, 289
Heels OPIFICIO V, 135


Nisolo, 158
Marais USA, 245

By Far, 300

By Far, $300

Mansur Gavriel, 475
Accessories
Scarf / NekerchiefRound Plus Square, $65


Naadam, 99



A Peace Treaty, 88
Round Plus Square, $165 A Peace Treaty, 225
Tote Bag Melie Bianco, 97Matt & Nat, 120Mansur Gavriel, 695

Gardendal, 700

My Favorite Sustainable Fashion Brands for Business Casual

Currently, my favorite sustainable fashion brands for business casual are People Tree and Everlane. Between the two brands, I prefer People Tree because of the quality and the style. People Tree has very reasonable pricing, and the shipping fee is only USD $5.

I bought this dress from People Tree a few years ago, and the quality is still supreme after many washes. The cotton is thick and substantial. The lining and seams are well tailored. I also got it for around USD $150 including shipping. This is equivalent to the cost of a typical dress at your local JCREW.

The downside of People Tree is the returning part. If you live outside of the UK, you have to pay for your own return shipping label. But based on my experience, the sizing chart on People Tree is pretty accurate, and you can rely on it. I usually wear a 00 for dresses from JCREW, and I wear a UK 8 for People Tree. Lastly, People Tree is a member of The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), meaning that they pay their garment workers fairly. It’s important to note that many ethical fashion brands lack proofs of fair trade.

If you want to read my experience with Everlane, please go to this post: Sustainable Fashion Review: Should You Buy Everlane Cashmere Sweaters?

A Capsule Wardrobe for Work with Sustainable Fashion Brands

Hope you find this post helpful! Please leave me a comment if you have any questions!

Smile and style on!

SK