The fashion industry has taken a huge hit since the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, apparel shopping dipped 65% in the month of April. People are working from home, not leaving their houses, and it’ll be like this for the foreseeable future. So why are we buying new clothes? This is why creating a capsule wardrobe, filled with key pieces we truly love is more important now than ever before.
1.) Invest in Yourself – First thing’s first, you have to realize that by investing in your wardrobe, you’re truly investing in yourself. We all the saying, ‘when you look good, you feel good’ and I believe that to be true. Especially nowadays when our attention is more drawn to social media than ever before, it’s easy to compare ourselves to one another. One thing that I’ve found helpful to fight this, is to identify my own style and invest in pieces that help me create that aesthetic. Learn what clothing pieces are true to you – and invest in them!
2.) Buy Less, Wear More – If you’re standing in the checkout line at the mall and you know that the garment you’re holding in your hand won’t be worn at least 30 times – you might as well put it back. Having a capsule wardrobe means having a closet filled with pieces you can mix and match over and over again, and you know you won’t get sick of them because you love them that much. Also, if you’re not sure the garment in question would even last through 30 washes…..that’s an immediate no go. Because if you buy cheap, you buy twice!
3.) Shop Secondhand – We all have key pieces in our minds that we would love to have in our capsule wardrobe, but we know they’re just too expensive. That leather jacket? Anthropologie maxi dress? Cashmere turtleneck? Now’s the time to hit the thrift store, consignment shop, online resale boutique, (your older sister’s closet), you get it. Shopping secondhand is a fantastic way to find unique staple pieces that others won’t have, and you’ll be saving money along the way.
4.) Buying New, Means Looking at Materials – Alright, so at this point you’ve cleaned out your closet, you’re ready to invest in yourself, you’ve found key pieces you love, went to a secondhand store to find unique pieces, and now, you only need a few more items. You’re set on finding some crisp new plain tees. That’s great! Buying new is completely acceptable…..but let’s check the materials first. All clothing items are either made from natural (yay!) or synthetic (boo!) fibers. You can easily check the inside tag, and find the fiber content to check if the fibers are sustainable or not. For example, if your tee says it’s 100% CO then that’s perfect! Because that’s 100% Cotton which is natural, and eco-friendly! However, 97% PL and 3% EL means the shirt is made from 97% Polyester and 3% Elastane…both harmful chemically made materials!
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Hi there! I'm MollyKate, a 22 year old fashion designer and entrepreneur with a heart for Jesus and chai tea lattes. This blog is my little corner of the Internet where I can explore faith + fashion, and all things lifestyle. I would absolutely love for you to follow along! You can also check out my online shop and podcast, 'Rooted in Love'.
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