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:
- 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.
- 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.
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!
This post is a part of Style Me Wednesday hosted by Shopping My Closet, What I Wore Wednesdays hosted by the Pleated Poppy, Style Swap Tuesdays hosted by Myriad Musings, Style Sessions hosted by Style Elixir, On Trend Tuesdays hosted by Cute & Little and Sandy A La Mode and Sustainability Sundays hosted by DIY Danielle and Just Plain Marie.