Living a sustainable lifestyle is crucial to minimize the impact we have on the environment. The overproduction of clothing is just one way humans have harmed the environment and our world. Through minimalism and sustainability, having only what you need and consuming less can positively change the planet and your life. It’s essential to find your own personal style, and by building a capsule wardrobe, you can find stylish outfits while reducing the number of clothing articles you need. Integrating the principles of Feng Shui, Vastra Sutra, and other holistic beliefs with your capsule wardrobe will help you bring positive flow and more abundance into your life.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe or eco wardrobe consists of classic clothing items that you can wear interchangeably to create versatile looks with just a few key pieces. Here is some more information about the origins and principles of a capsule wardrobe.
Origins: The concept of a capsule wardrobe came about in the 1970s when a boutique owner used the term to describe a few basic items that can be mixed and matched. The term became even more popular in the 1980s when designer Donna Karan made the term popular through her capsule collection of stylish workwear for women.
Holistic beliefs: Having a capsule wardrobe involves incorporating holistic beliefs such as Feng Shui and Vasta Sutra. The idea of having less ensures that you focus on the bigger picture in life and that you achieve a balance in all things. Having fewer clothing items can expand your horizons and free up your mind to focus on more important aspects of life.
Sustainability: Having a closet jam-packed with clothing contributes to the fast fashion industry, which can have devastating effects on the environment. By choosing a capsule wardrobe, you’re decreasing your consumption and reducing the demand for these businesses to continue practices that cause serious harm to the ecosystem.
You may think that living a minimalist lifestyle and having a capsule wardrobe are one and the same. However, that is not always the case. You can go minimalist without having a capsule wardrobe and vice versa. Not all minimalists have a capsule wardrobe, and many have closets full of shoes, clothing, and accessories. You can practice both of these principles, but the two are not mutually exclusive or interchangeable.
The Benefits of Creating a Capsule Wardrobe
There are many reasons why you should consider creating a capsule wardrobe. Here are some of the benefits you’ll gain by revamping your closet.
Economic benefits. Instead of spending money on new clothing or changing your outfits every season, a capsule wardrobe integrates versatile pieces you can wear all year. This will help you save money and give you the freedom to keep your cash or spend it on other important things.
Sustainability. When you buy less, it means that less is going into the landfill. It also means that you’re not contributing to manufacturing processes used to make clothing, which can cause harm to the soil, air, and waterways.
Flow of energies. Creating a capsule wardrobe may help you achieve more balance in your life. Not only will your closet look neater, but your mind will also be freer, and you’ll stress less about what to wear every day.
Pros and cons. There are many pros to choosing a capsule wardrobe, including the environmental, spiritual, and financial benefits. The cons can include fewer items to choose from, a feeling that you’re “out of style,” or the idea that you’re left out of new trends, and the inability to buy new pieces as seasons and styles change.
What To Do Before Creating One. Before you create a capsule wardrobe, you’ll need to clean out and declutter your closet. It’s important to determine which items you want to keep and which ones can go before building the capsule from the ground up. Determine your unique fashion style, which will serve as the template for your new capsule wardrobe and make it easier to choose the most essential pieces.
Finding Your Personal Fashion Style
Before you start changing your closet space, it’s important to determine your personal fashion style. First, think about the clothing you wear the most and why it makes you feel good whenever you wear it. Then, look online for inspiration and put together a mood board that will help you get a clearer idea of which styles are suitable for you. Always start with key pieces like bottoms, then work your way toward choosing other clothing items that complement your personality and your body type. While style is certainly important, so is how the clothes fit you and how they make you feel. If you feel comfortable and confident, then you’re well on your way to deciding which style is right for you.
Another great way to find your personal style is to rent your clothes instead of buying. It’s cost effective, fun and it’s not harming our planet. And you’ll certainly get to know your style preferences and take it to the next level to feel on point every day.
Purging and Decluttering Your Old Clothes
The minimalist style follows the mantra of only keeping the things that spark joy for you. While this is part of the decluttering process, it’s important to know what to do with all of the clothing once you’re ready to get rid of it. So here’s what you can do with all that clutter.
Give it away. If you have clothing in great condition, feel free to give it to family members or friends who will enjoy it. You can also donate it to nonprofit organizations like your local homeless shelter or thrift stores like Röda Korset, Stadsmissionen or Myrorna.
Repurpose. Have some fun and upcycle your clothes by using them as a fun home décor piece or furniture upholstery. You can also cut up old t-shirts and other clothing items and recycle them to use as a cleaning cloth for dusting and wiping down your counters.
Sell. If some of your clothing has value, feel free to sell it for extra money. Whether you post your clothing online or host a garage sale, it’s an easy way to give your clothes new life while making a little bit of extra cash in the process.
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