I drag the bag with summer clothes my room in and drop it on my bed. The thus is soft and the weight of the bag light. I zip the bag open and between all the space, the bag is half empty, I find two small piles of summer clothes. Nothing more. It’s less than I thought it was, but instead of feeling disappointed, I feel happy. After my wardrobe cleanse last year, only the pieces I most love or most wear are left. And even though the small amount there are plenty of outfits there, as long as I am being creative. Though there are a few tops with a useless existence that fit with nothing and missing pieces like short shorts (a must for summer, I think), summer jacket and a dress.
You could call what I have a capsule wardrobe and once this was the plan, but after autumn and winter some things have changed. Number one: a fixed number of clothes isn’t for me. I rather let the number be and go with what feels enough for me. Number two: most capsule wardrobes exist of only one style you keep to for years. And let me be the kind of person who wants the option to switch between styles and have a wardrobe who offers that. Number three: why would I suffocate myself with rules I don’t feel good with, when I can simply let those go.
The capsule idea only came to exist, because I wanted my wardrobe to be more sustainable. But you can do that in different ways as well. For example, don’t buy clothes to and fro, just because it’s a nice day trip and you feel good for a couple of minutes. That way you end up with lots of unused clothes in your wardrobe, because in hindsight, they weren’t quite your thing after all. Because did you know that in the united states only there are 32 billion new pieces of clothes being made and 65% of that end up in landfill. And that is only the polluting end result, because with the production process, there is a whole other set of problems. People are being exploited, many toxins are being dumped in rivers or end up in the air, lakes are being sucked dry because a lot of water is needed for your jeans, tops or dresses.
It’s not like I completely stopped with buying clothes, but I’m doing it a whole lot less. I try to avoid fast fashion as much as I can. By buying most things second hand, the most affordable and most sustainable way. You often find good quality and unique pieces. And buy what I can’t find second hand at more sustainable companies. It is indeed a bit more expensive, but my meaning is to buy less and better quality, so that’s what I buy last longer. And because it is a bit more expansive it helps with properly considering if the trousers, dress, skirt or sweater is really what I want, what I need, can be combined well, fits with me and on me, makes me feel comfortable and good at.
Besides, I try to get the most out of what I already own. Push myself to wear the pieces I love so much, but were always too afraid to wear, out of fear to stand out. Alter clothes, that I don’t quite like with by adjusting sleeves, remove bits, taking the waist in and sometimes alter completely into different garments. Which makes that even though I own a lot less, I have lots more to wear.