Slow Fashion October: Living With Less

Posted on | October 22, 2015 | No Comments

photo(29)Honestly, I’ve never been much of a clothes horse. Spending lots of money on clothes (cheap, well made, or expensive) wasn’t something that I ever did.

When I took my no buying new clothes challenge in 2014, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little panicked. When you take something away, no matter how little you have paid attention to it in the past, it can be a little anxiety producing. Plus, I work in fashion and people tend to notice if you’re wearing the same ratty thing over and over again.

But something unexpected happened. I always had enough. I took a long, hard look at my wardrobe and donated the things that just didn’t work anymore. It forced me to make due with what I had and come up with interesting combinations to make the most of my wardrobe. Then when I started reading Marie Kondo’s book, I scaled back even more. In total, I probably donated over 15 large boxes of clothing to very eager teens at church.

When my experiment was over at the end of the year, I had learned so much and had no interest in going back. My makes were more focused than ever, I wasn’t waisting time or materials, and I felt like I was finally finding my style.

Let’s be honest here, spending a lot of money, buying secondhand, or making all of your own clothes is not necessarily going to save the world. There are too many factors and questions to consider. However, carefully considering your choices as an individual is still important! A well chosen piece of clothing that fits like it was made for you can be a real mood booster. A cute dress you’ve made with your own two hands not only satisfies a creative itch, but shows you are taking a stand against trends being dictated to you. The fashion world wants you to think you need a new wardrobe every season. That just isn’t so!

Interesting in simplifying your wardrobe? Here are some good places to start:

Into Mind: a blog dedicated to helping you create a capsule wardrobe. I used this as a jumping off point since a capsule wardrobe felt a little limiting to me.

Wardrobe Architect: Colette Patterns did a general series in 2014 to help define your style, favorite silhouette’s, colors, and more. In 2015, they are focusing more on meeting your sewing goals.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: this book made its rounds in the social media world a few months ago and I highly recommend this book. Honestly, I didn’t think it could help me keep things tidy, but it’s been about 8 months and everything (that I’ve worked on so far) is still in it’s place. Magic indeed!

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