We decided that 2018 would be the start of our new minimalist and more conscious approach to life. As we look at our brand and how sustainability is important to us, we realised that this didn't really resonate in other areas of our lives. That big change all began with The Wardrobe Detox. We live in a world of excess and fast-fashion is partly to blame for the piles of clothes next to our beds, most of which have only been worn once or twice. 2018 is all about decluttering for us here at Glitzbox and being more conscious about what we buy and why.
The idea of the Capsule Wardrobe is not a particularly new concept but one that we want to embrace. Imagine waking up in the morning and not being overwhelmed by choice of what to wear for the day or that next big event. That time spent worrying and trying on multiple outfits could be put to better use and we all know it (aka extra time in bed!). The idea is that you have a set amount of clothes usually 50 pieces or less (the recommended start for a capsule wardrobe is 37 pieces, and yes that does include shoes ladies) that will go together for both casual and formal events, meaning that dressing in the morning becomes more relaxed and not another thing in our lives that causes unnecessary stress. This also allows you to be more creative with the pieces that you do have and forces you to experiment with different outfits. We’ve gathered some tips to help you get started.
1. Work with the 50 items or less rule.
Any more than this and your falling back into the same hoarding territory you were in before. Be specific about the pieces that you pick and visualise how they will work well together. Taking photos is a great way to see what will work and what wont.
2. Begin by clearing out your wardrobe.
Like us throughout our Wardrobe Detox you may find yourself with 7 white t-shirts that just aren't white any more. Chuck em! By starting with a clear out you're able to see better what you actually have in your wardrobe that you use and love. The summer items can be packed away and rather than jumping to purchase a new white t-shirt see how you live without it first before investing in a good quality one that will get you through the next few months.
3. Be realistic.
If you spend most of your time at home, you aren't going to need those seven occasion wear dresses. Be realistic with what your lifestyle actually entails, if you work in an office include blouses that can be worn from day to night. If you work from home you should include pieces that are comfortable but don't resemble something that you would wear to bed.
4. Have fun.
The capsule wardrobe is an experiment, it shouldn't become a chore. Don’t be too strict with yourself and have fun with the idea of transforming your style and experimenting with new outfit combinations. If the idea of doing this for a few months seems unbearable, try it for 10 days. 10 days, 10 outfits and see how you feel.
We’ve also put together some books and a few other bits that might inspire a change in your wardrobe and outlook on a more conscious lifestyle
1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
This book did the rounds a couple years ago and is still helping people to declutter their lives. The concept of holding something in your hands and if it doesn't bring you joy, get rid of it; puts things into perspective.
2. Stuffocation: Living More with Less by James Wallman
James focuses on the concept of transforming what we value. Instead of putting value into possessions we should be focusing more on experiences.
In the events held by WALK IN WARDOBE™ you shop without money. The concept was founded by stylist, Daisy Schubert, in the hope that the clothes swap/shop would give preloved garments new homes and raise awareness for slow fashion.
They are holding two Pop Up events in Surrey this February, so why not pop down with a bag of your unloved items and perhaps trade them in for something snazzier. The only rule is that you have to try items on before taking them home. If it fits you, its yours!
4. H&M Garment Collecting
In 2013 H&M launched their garment collecting worldwide. You can drop off your unwanted garments no matter what brand or condition they're in at any H&M store across the globe. They want to reduce the effects that disposing of clothing causes to the planet, by reducing landfill and recycling your unwanted pieces. You will also be given a £5 voucher to spend in store for every bag that you bring in.
We hope that these may inspire you to revaluate your own wardrobe or donate and put those unused pieces to better use.
Lots of love,
Sophie @ Glitzbox