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Yes, Sustainability Is Affordable

One of the perks of adopting a minimalist approach to fashion is that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. All it takes is the right kind of investment pieces that will last you a lifetime and make sure you look stylish every step of the way. No matter your sense of style or taste, keep reading to know how you can curate your minimally modern capsule wardrobe. 

Key Takeaways: 1. Conduct a Wardrobe Audit

Apart from being a critical step in creating a capsule wardrobe, conducting a wardrobe audit is also one of the easiest ways to get out of the “I have nothing to wear” rut. Not only does it prevent you from going down the impulse spending route, but it also helps put things in perspective. Begin by emptying your entire wardrobe and laying everything out to gain a comprehensive look at all the pieces you own. Conventionally, a capsule wardrobe consists of no more than 35 pieces and can be changed after wearing it for an entire wear season. As a result, this step is crucial in connecting the pieces that work well together and allow you to take stock of things you enjoy wearing the most to do away with the items you don’t use.  

2. Does It Spark Joy? (— and style?) 

One of our favourite takeaways from the minimalist queen herself, Marie Kondo, is her classic catchphrase, “Does it spark joy?” Not only does it get you thinking, but the very prompt injects some much-needed fun into an otherwise dull activity. But apart from joy, your capsule wardrobe must ooze style above all. When curating your capsule closet, it’s essential to ask yourself: Can this be styled in multiple ways? Are these things you ‘actually’ wear based on a track record of wearing it in the past? Would it be appropriate for the season and temperature? Is it in good condition — enough to last you through the season with repeated wears?

3. Make Do and Mend

Chances are, some of your good old pieces that you’d like to reserve for the capsule may have worn out over a while. The most sustainable yet budget-friendly thing to do here would be to repair, mend or entirely upcycle these pieces and salvage them for further use. Consider exercising those DIY chops by pulling out your sewing kit and get ready to breathe some second life into your old clothes. This article by has some handy information for all you mending novices.

4. Make Room for Sustainable Choices

At some point, you will replenish your capsule or want to shop for something brand new. And when you arrive at that juncture, it would be in your best interest to make sure that it’s a sustainable buy. This could either mean buying a good quality second-hand item or something brand new that’s made sustainably. When choosing the latter, make sure that they come from a brand that chooses to create perennial styles that outlive trends in quality fabrics that are plant-based and biodegradable. This will guarantee you that the item will last longer and give you a sense of reassurance that you made the right choice for yourself and the environment. 

Published by: Vibhuti Vazirani/ 2021-04-12

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