Sustainability and the 30 x 30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

When I first decided to embark on the 30 x 30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge, I thought it sounded like fun and I quickly imagined an abundance of outfits. My first idea was simply to pick clothing I hadn’t worn often, hoping to revitalize my style. Briefly looking through my collection, I thought I had it all figured it out. When I started forming outfits, however, I found the meaning of challenge. Would it have been easier with more pieces? Does more options mean better options? Does more mean improvement? Here’s a few things I’ve learned about sustainability from the 30 x 30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge:

Me (L)

Displaying one of my outfits at the Andy Warhol Museum.

  • You can still make stylish outfits and not have a large wardrobe. Less items means more creativity when it comes to styling an outfit. Color combinations I never expected to go well together looked great.
  • Accessories can make an outfit go a long way. When an item you’ve already worn seems too repetitive, the right accessories can make all the difference.
  • Speaking of wearing the same clothing item or outfit, it’s not a bad idea to wear repeats. If it works, why not wear it again? Just ask Eco-Warrior Princess in her post “The Absurd Fashion Faux Pas You Need to Let Go Of” to see what I mean.

    Me (L)

    Enjoying my temporary throne at the Cathedral of Learning.

  • You can never go wrong with classics. Having a LBD (Little Black Dress), jackets, cardigans, and summer dresses took my bright colors and patterns a long way. When in doubt, always go with the timeless, classic piece.  And, also make sure you consider cut and how the clothing piece is shaped.  Does it look good for your shape?  Then it’s a piece you’ll want to make a classic and consistent part of your wardrobe.
  • Trends aren’t necessarily bad, they only need to be styled with pieces that make them last. Trends and consumerism will tell you that you need more, but I’ve found more isn’t necessarily better. More means having to make more decisions and acquiring more to responsible for, which leaves me with an overwhelming sense of “Now what?” Too many choices and the ability to replace them year after year only makes a pile full of clothes, not an outfit.

    Me (L)

    Showcasing my outfit next to an art piece made of recycled material at the Contemporary Craft.

I’m halfway through and I hope the lessons I have learned can inspire you. The 30 x 30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge is a fun way of re-working your wardrobe, but it can also be a way of seeing how sustainability can re-shape it. While I’m still enjoying taking on this challenge, there is more work ahead of me as I plan future outfits. Want to see what I have planned next? Then don’t forget to head to my Instagram and take a look at what I’m wearing for the last half of this challenge!

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  1. sweetsimpleday

    I agree with you on classics!! Enjoyed reading it. You look so cute in the photos!! Xoxo

  2. Random Chic Musings

    Great read! I am trying to buy more classic pieces which are timeless instead of just going for the style of the season. Plus, they will go well with a lot of my outfits. 🙂
    Thanks for dropping by my page. x

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post and I could inspire you! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Mini

    That sounds like such a fun idea. I agree, you cant go wrong with the classics like an LBD. x

    • brooklyntvlasich

      It has been a great challenge Mini! I’ve enjoyed coming up with unique and new ways to style my clothes.

  4. chewytravels

    This is a great challenge! I like what you said about consumerism. It is too easy to let yourself fall into this pattern!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      You’re absolutely right! It’s so easy to accumulate things you don’t need or use. I find being more conscious of it has made me a much happier person.

  5. Skip The Bag

    When moving to Hawaii I was forced to have a capsule wardrobe–all I had was what would fit in my suitcases! I found it took a bit of planning to make sure most of my clothing went together and I had enough clothes for all the climates I would be passing through, but it wasn’t too hard. I just recently posted on my blog 10 tips for an environmentally friendly closet and one of the tips is to have capsule wardrobe:

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Awesome! I can’t wait to read your blog. Thank you for sharing your story, I hope more people realize how little you need to make a great outfit.

  6. Mary-The Boondocks Blog

    Brooke I too have been trying to par down my wardrobe. I find that there is a lot of clothing I never wear. There must be a good reason for this. And I’ve also been drawn to neutrals and of course the classics. I love the outfits you are showing us here, very pretty with a youthful twist.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Mary! Cutting down on my wardrobe has been rewarding and I think I’m going to need to do it again soon as I finish up some repairs. I find that I’m much more satisfied using what I have and finding classics that I can wear over and over again rather than having too many current trends.

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