Is one of your new year’s resolutions to stop buying fast fashion and create a more conscious wardrobe? Or maybe you have decided 2018 is the year you start living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Personally, I think your closet is a great place to start your journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle. It is an area of your life you have full control over and it’s easy to make it more sustainable with a few small changes. Choosing to create a capsule wardrobe is a great way to start your sustainability journey.
Back in 2016, I shared 10 reasons why I thought you should create a capsule wardrobe and I still stand by everything I said back then. But if you need a little more convincing here are 3 more reasons why I think you should create a capsule wardrobe this year.
Ditch Fast Fashion
I think we all know about the negative impact fast fashion is having on this planet. If you want to live more sustainably in 2018 ditching fast fashion is a good place to start. A capsule wardrobe is the complete opposite of the ever revolving cycle of fast fashion. It encourages you to forget about constant consumption and ever-changing trends and slow down.
Creating a capsule wardrobe enables you to fully engage with the concept of slow fashion. You’ll stop all the pointless buying and really start to care about your clothes. You start to want the best quality and pieces that work with the rest of your wardrobe. Your buying decisions become more conscious as they are based on your personal needs rather than what fast fashion says is on trend. You’ll soon wonder why you ever fell into the fast fashion trap.
Develop Your Style
I see so many people commenting that capsule wardrobes are boring and have no creativity. And yes every single person who says this has never even tried a capsule wardrobe. I’ve no idea why people are so negative about something they’ve never even tried but let’s just roll our eyes and move on. Since your capsule wardrobe is individual to you, you can make it as boring or exciting as you want it to be. After all, it’s created from the clothes already hanging in your wardrobe. If you love all black or live in jeans and tees that’s totally OK just because it’s not someone else’s style doesn’t make it boring. In fact, if we all had the same style life would be pretty boring.
As for creativity I know I’ve become bolder and more creative with my styling since creating my first capsule wardrobe. I no longer have fast fashion brands telling me how to wear my clothes and what to buy so I can focus on what I want to create. Having less has led to thinking more creatively about my wardrobe. I’m now far more likely to play around and try different outfits than I was before. Ignoring trends helped me to develop my personal style in a way that having an overflowing wardrobe never could.
Create a Sustainable Wardrobe
Creating a capsule wardrobe is a great first step towards developing a sustainable wardrobe. I’ve spoken before about how the wardrobe we already have is the most sustainable wardrobe. So because you create your capsule wardrobe from your existing closet it makes sense that it’s a sustainable option. A capsule wardrobe can help give your existing wardrobe a new lease of life. Whenever I change over to a new seasons wardrobe and pull my old favourites out of storage it feels like a whole new wardrobe. I’m able to create this feeling without spending a money or creating unnecessary waste.
And because you buy less clothing with a capsule wardrobe you’ll be able to afford to add more ethical and sustainable brands to your wardrobe. Adding a couple of new ethical pieces a year is a great way to support ethical brands as well as adding to your wardrobe with though.
If I’ve managed to convince you to create a capsule wardrobe this year then head over to this post for my step by step guide to creating your first capsule wardrobe.