Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Summer 2016

Happy hump day! Hope your week is going well so far.

When Styles For Thought turned one, I challenged myself to go on a capsule wardrobe challenge. In September, I will be creating 4-6 different outfits strictly using these ten items below.

 

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As I am blogging more about sustainable fashion, I wanted to jog down my thoughts on the topic.

1) You can support sustainable fashion by buying less and buying high quality pieces.

As you scroll through all the clothes I have ever featured on the blog, you will realize that I don’t always buy from “brands” that heavily advertise themselves as ethical or sustainable.

With only a handful of “ethical” brands to select from, it’s difficult to find stylish pieces at a reasonable price. More often, I feel that these brands are using “ethical production” as an advertising tactic to put on an outrageously high price tag.

Do you always have to pay $$$$$ in order to support ethical fashion? The answer is no.  I have met a lot of independent designers that produce their clothes ethically, but still sell at a reasonable price range. If you are looking harder, you can find brands that are ethical but do not necessarily advertise themselves that way. Here is a list of ethical brands that I have compiled.

As an alternative approach to support sustainable fashion, you can also give yourself a portion control when shopping – shop less and if shop, invest in good quality pieces. Right now I am limiting myself to two items a month and also challenging myself to this diet too.

2) “Made in USA” does not always translate to “ethically made”.

People often use “Made in U.S.A.” as an easy way to judge whether the clothes are made ethically. But in reality, this is not a good meter to use at all because 1) the federal government does not actively check or audit if something is truly made in the US, and 2) just because it’s made outside of the US, it doesn’t mean it’s not made ethically.

It’s possible to buy ethically made products that are not made in America. To give an anecdotal example, Everlane outsourced in China too.

So think again when you see the “Made in USA” clothing tags. Don’t impulse buy when you see “Made in USA”. Ask yourself – Do you actually like the clothes? Is it high quality? Will you see yourself in it in the next five years?

Supporting sustainable fashion takes many forms, and one way to do it is to buy less and buy better. Hope you enjoy this post! Leave me a comment below to tell me what you think!

Smile and style on~

SK


Outfit Info

Jeans :: 7 for All Mankind

White Top :: Tobi(Old), but similar herehere

Floral Top :: Keepsake(Old)

Floral Skirt :: Keepsake(Old)

Floral Shorts :: H&M

Pants :: Chanel(Thrifted)

Flats :: Jcrew, similar here

Heels :: Jimmy Choo

Sandals :: Madewell

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