To encourage you to support sustainable fashion and shop responsibly this Spring, I started a Spring10x10 challenge. Today, I am sharing the last two outfits and a few lessons I learned about capsule wardrobe. To recap the clothes I had in this Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge, please read this post: Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Part 1
Pros of a Capsule Wardrobe
I love the concept behind a capsule wardrobe and how it helps us become more sustainable. Here are the reasons why I like it:
- Reduce Meaningless Purchases. Every year, we send over 11 tons of unwanted clothes to landfills. By buying less, we will produce less waste and do less harm to the environment. Related: Shopping Tips: 10 Ways to Resist Shopping Temptations
- Travel Friendly. I travel a lot. By a lot, I mean I travel every week and practically live out of a suitcase. Having a small and flexible wardrobe helps me pack light and efficiently.
- Reduce Decision Fatigue. I used to waste so much time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear. This led to decision fatigue and a lot of energy wasted on useless things. That’s when I decided to downsize my closet so that I could reserve more mental power to get a more productive day. Related: Style Advice: Why I Wanted to Build a Minimalist Wardrobe
Cons of a Capsule Wardrobe
But after completing this Spring10x10 challenge, I realized that capsule wardrobe has a few serious limitations. Quite frankly, other than for blogging and traveling, I don’t think I can live my life doing only 10×10 challenges.
- Lack of outfit flexibility. Just to give you an example, I spent my last 10 days in 3 different cities: Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Chicago. With the weather variation, there was no way I could only pack 10 pieces of clothes and shoes for all the different occasions I needed to go to. In life, we all have so many occasions to dress for, and our body evolves as well. It’s impossible to own a fixed number of clothes for a long time.
- Inconvenience. Sometimes, you need the extra clothes, shoes and accessories for the convenience. I am all about supporting sustainable fashion and shopping less. But when you downsize your wardrobe to a point that will reduce the quality of life, I don’t think it’s worth doing at all. By inconvenience, I meant the frequency of laundry you will have to do when owning less and the brainpower you spend on creating different outfit variations. I think that there is a fine balance you have to strike when you are downsizing your closet. Related: Style Advice: How to Purge Your Closet?
The Ultimate Goal of a Capsule Wardrobe
In my last post, I explained that supporting sustainable fashion really boils down to finding a style. Once you know what you like to wear, everything else will fall into place. You will start to buy purposefully, stop following trends, and buy better quality clothes. This will then produce less waste and help you be more sustainable. To put a cherry on top, you can always choose to support sustainable fashion brands and ethical clothing companies if their clothes speak to your style.
To sum this up, whether or you decide to build a capsule wardrobe or do a Spring10x10 challenge, the ultimate goal of doing all these exercises is to help you cultivate a personal style. I found that an exercise like this is somewhat helpful because it forces me to discover the styles, colors and patterns of clothes I gravitate toward. However, is this necessary? Well, I think it’s fun and practical when you are traveling. But other than that, coming up with the last two outfits was seriously a struggle, and you don’t have to go through that to discover your style!
Outfit #9 and Outfit#10
In these two outfits, I mainly mixed and matched a denim shirt, a pair of black denim, a black blouse and a pair of white heels.
I personally found outfit#9 super creative because I wore it as an off-shoulder top. To make it more edgy, I paired with my gentle monster glasses as well as a black choker (I don’t own a choker, so I used my Bose headphone audio cord instead… talking about sustainable fashion! LMAO).
Hope you found this inspiring and helpful! If you have any sustainable fashion related topics you want to know about, please leave me a comment or question!
Smile and style on!