Thursday, February 8, 2018

your new, sustainable wardrobe for 2018

I came back to Evanston after winter break in Florida and found myself overwhelmed with all of the clothes hanging from my closet. It is extremely cold here and I know part of the reason why my closet seems so cluttered is because of all the winter essentials that a person that is always cold (like I am) needs to survive the Chicago winter. But the colorful mess of different patterns and textures was still too much for me. This is why I decided I'm going to be letting go of quite a few items. This will not only help declutter my life (and dorm) but it will also make up space for new, better items that I am planning on purchasing soon. I feel like my style is changing. However, I'm the sort of person that becomes attached to really old clothes just because of emotional and sentimental value it holds. It has been challenging to let go of so many pieces that reminded me of the past, but here are some questions I asked myself when deciding what to keep and what to sell or donate:

1. Will I wear it/Do I like it/Does it still fit my style?

The first question I asked myself when choosing what articles I wanted to sell or donate was: will I actually wear this again? I have to force myself to stop thinking "I might wear this again for like a costume or something". NO. If something is not being regularly worn it should not be cluttering up my space anymore!

2. Does it make me happy?/ What sentiment is attached to the piece (is it even really there?)

I used to keep a lot of my old stuff because it held emotional value, but I believe I have grown out of this sort of emotional attachment to material articles this year. I couldn't tell you why, because I don't really know the answer myself. I'm actually ready to let go of so many pieces because I want to let go of certain memories, not because they are negative per se, but because it's important to live in the present and not delve too much on the past. Letting go of pieces that were "so your style" before but aren't anymore is also fun because it lets you see how much you have changed and grown, which is exciting to me. I'm 20 now and I feel like I'm a very different person than I was in high school, and I accept that and want to explore my new interest, not hold onto old ones.

3. Will someone else enjoy this more than I do?

Is it in great condition? Will someone else really enjoy it? Then let it be theirs!

Essentially what I'm trying to say is:

- Reduce!
I'm a compulsive shopper but honestly, the most important thing to maintain a nice, organized wardrobe is buying less stuff! Especially fast fashion, which might seem like it's better for your wallet, but it will not last long and it's a terrible source of pollution. This is why it is important to buy really nice, solid, durable pieces! That is defenitely one of my goals for 2018: to buy sustainable and durable clothes, not cheap quality ones.

- Reuse!
Reuse pieces, don't just wear them once. You could also give them to someone who will for sure reuse them... maybe a creative friend that needs some fabric?

- Recycle!
Sell or donate your clothes! Honestly, I had never sold any of my stuff until I got to college and it really helps to get a little extra money.

Now, you should know I am definitely not a minimalist. I love eccentric, unique pieces to spice up every outfit, and I will be keeping those for sure. However, it is important to focus on having really nice, solid essentials, because they will always come in handy. I feel like after you create a good capsule wardrobe of necessary pieces, all the fun accessories and interesting pieces will be able to shine through even more, and you will need a lot fewer things in general when your basics are good-quality and durable. Here are some of the pieces I consider everyone needs:

Striped shirts are the love of my life and probably the number one essential I actually need to survive. Not even joking, striped shirt are part of my lifestyle lol. Also black skirts and pants go great with stripes, so some black bottoms are a must-have. I like to always have a pair of nice sneakers (athleisure, if you will) to make my outfits look casual chic, modern and sporty.


Jeans, of course. I always need a pair of good boyfriend jeans, and black ripped skinny jeans.


A nice white tee is so important.


Finally, a good thick pair of leggings is a must-have!

What are your essentials? Let me know and thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I really like your wardrobe management ideas!
    The size of the clutter of old clothes in my bedroom and closets is getting ridiculous. I have trouble letting go of even worn out outfit pieces.
    I love your check-list questions for deciding whether or not to hold on to or let go of old outfit pieces - and I like the idea of donating clothes and reducing my wardrobe to what I'll wear.
    My essentials are comfortable full briefs, a warm coat, hat and gloves. And sneakers. :D


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