Jen from The Sustainable edit shares her wardrobe mission for the year ahead

I was reading Lee from Style Bee’s 2018 closet mission over the weekend and it got me thinking about my own style goals for the year ahead. This isn’t the first time I’ve set myself a wardrobe mission. Back in 2016 when I was exploring the whole capsule wardrobe concept I set myself some style objectives. In fact looking back over that post today has shown me just how far I’ve come. And I can proudly say I’ve achieved most of the objectives I set. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t lots left to explore and goals to achieve.

Wardrobe Mission for 2018, closet mission

My Current Wardrobe

Before I share my wardrobe mission for 2018 I thought it would be a good idea to check in where I am with my current wardrobe.

  • Capsule Wardrobes: I feel like I’ve really found my place when it comes to capsule wardrobes. I been capsuling for over 2 years now and have worked out what works for me and what doesn’t. This year I plan to continue with my 6-month capsule wardrobes with a mini-evaluation halfway through. I’ve found this method works best for the Scottish climate where we don’t have big weather extremes between seasons. I’ve also come to love the switchover process. Pulling your old favourites out of storage at the start of a new season gives me the same satisfaction as a big shopping trip used to. It always feels like I have a whole new wardrobe again.
  • Shopping Responsibly: Last year I really focussed on buying from sustainable and ethical brands. I took the time to research my options and have found so many new favourites. Although I wasn’t 100% and did have to turn to the high street occasionally. I’m really proud of the change in my shopping habits and want to continue shopping from responsible brands this year.

Picking items from wardrobe

My 2018 Wardrobe Mission

  • Shop Even Less: Whilst I have majorly cut back on my overspending and over buying habit I feel I could cut back further. Last year I added quite a bit to my wardrobe. This was mainly because the fast fashion buys which I had in my wardrobe before my capsule wardrobe were starting to show their age and low quality. Unfortunately, I had to spend time and money replacing my old poor quality pieces. I invested in the highest quality I could afford so hopefully everything I had to buy last year will continue to last me for years to come. This year I want to buy a lot less and continue to focus on buying from responsible brands.
  • Continue Developing My Personal Style: I feel my style has been evolving over the last year and I’m pushing my boundaries more. In particular, my summer style has developed with me including jumpsuits and culottes into my wardrobe. Both are pieces I probably would have avoided before. I think a lot of this is down to discovering exciting new brands which create pieces I want to wear and style in ways which suit me. I believe our personal style is constantly evolving and changing so I’m excited to see how mine develops over the course of the year. To keep pushing myself I won’t be afraid of trying new pieces and will take part in style challenges which force me to look at my clothes in a new light.
  • Analyse What I Wear: I saw Lee from Style Bee mention this and I thought it sounded like a great idea. I want to find a way to record what I actually wear each day. I think it will prove incredibly useful at the end of each season to see how often (or how little) I’ve worn each piece. To start with I’m going to create a page in my bullet journey listing each piece in my current capsule wardrobe and just mark off every day I wear each piece. It will be interesting to see if I do actually wear things as often as I think I do.

Wardrobe Mission 2018

I wanted to keep my mission short and sweet with only a few things to be working on over the year. Hopefully, this will help give me some focus when planning my wardrobes and I’ll be able to check in with you to let you know how I’m getting on.

Do any of you have a wardrobe mission this year?

10 comments on “2018 Wardrobe Mission”

  1. Such a helpful post. I’ve been slowly but surely whittling down my wardrobe and will continue to do so this year, until I have a capsule I can interchange in seasons. Hopefully I can also improve on buying from sustainable and ethical brands, and best of luck with your goals too! x

  2. I just found your blog on Pinterest and I love it! I don’t have a wardrobe mission yet, but I recently started a capsule wardrobe. I have been using the Stylebook app and it’s helped me a lot. I use the calendar on it to keep track of what I wore and my cost per wear (because I’m nerdy like that haha). I’m trying to only wear clothes that I LOVE, so maybe that’s my mission for the year, to find clothes that I love and feel good in. Anyway, thank you for your blog! It’s helped me a lot.

    • That app sounds perfect for tracking everything you wear – will have to look into it. Wearing clothes you love sounds like a great wardrobe mission

  3. I’m planning my first “official” capsule for the coming Spring so i’m super happy to have found your blog! I’m especially committed to shop very little this year and i’m looking forward to see how your wardrobe goals are doing, mine are starting off quite good i think, let’s cross fingers i’ll stay strong! 🙂
    Melodie |

  4. Hi Jen, I’ve just come across your blog and love your style ethic. A capsule wardrobe is a completely foreign idea to me, and yet has a huge appeal. I love charity shopping and have always felt I was doing my bit by way of recycling and now you’ve introduced me to the notion of slow fashion and ethical brands. Thanks, I’ll be back.


  5. Yeah, I feel my spring and summer clothes weren’t of the best quality so pretty soon I’m going to have to start replacing them. I’m actually looking forward to finding quality pieces rather than just buying stuff because it’s cheap. And by the way, I’m way too lazy to record what I wear, lol! Good for you Jen! Looking forward to seeing your results. xo

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