Am I the only person who enjoys the end of summer?! I LOVE feeling warm but I’m a sensitive soul and actually don’t enjoy exposing my skin. So, I welcome autumn with open “jumpered” arms!
This is my second capsule wardrobe based on the rules of Project 333. Essentially, a 33 item closet for 3 months . This includes shoes and accessories but excludes lounge-wear, pyjamas, underwear and sportswear.
The first one, between July and September, was a bit cobbled together if I’m being honest! Basically, whatever summer clothes I had went into it! Most worn items – my grey cross-body handbag, skinny jeans and my silver trainers. Least worn – black ankle boots didn’t see the light of day, the scarf only had one outing and the shorts were barely worn despite the warm weather. However, it has shown me the benefits of a capsule wardrobe:
- Decision fatigue reduced – it HAS been easier to pick out something to wear. One less thing to think about and no more wardrobe anxiety!
- It has shown me my wardrobe *should* only contains items I like and that fit. If an item doesn’t pass those two criteria… it ain’t stayin’!
Yes, I am worth it! ha ha.
- Clean-looking, clutter free wardrobe
- Lowering my carbon footprint – ‘eco’ pat on the back for me.
- Saves money! Obvs…
- Justifies a lot of lists 🙂 Tick!
Extending the life of clothes by just nine extra months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30% each.
Any downsides? Quite early on I realised, I have a few items that need replacing or donating (the stripey top just doesn’t fit me well!) and I didn’t really think about how to put any outfits together. The red mac is gorgeous for a dreary day but I’m not sure how much it goes with. Definitely, room for improvement!
Also, mid-July can have vastly different weather to mid-October. Autumn has arrived early in the UK, so my first capsule has been cut short so I don’t freeze!! The three sundresses, two pairs of shorts, and one pair of sandals just aren’t going to cut it in sub-10 degree drizzle!
The rest of my clothes have been stored (mostly) out of sight. I haven’t bought any new clothes since November 2018 and I was really excited to be “shopping my wardrobe”.
Coats and Jackets – 5
Warm puffer coat (duvet!), smart maroon wool coat, black faux leather jacket, vintage green blazer (my mum’s!), smart black fabric jacket
Jumpers – 4
Black sparkly number, casual maroon striped jumper, yellow knit and pink chunky knit
Tops – 7
White & green vests, striped roll-neck, smart black & pink tops, denim shirt, star-print shirt
Trousers and skirts – 7
Black skinny jeans, boot cut jeans, “mom” jeans, wide-leg smart trousers, faux leather skirt, burgundy velvet mini, long sparkly skirt
Dresses – 2
Lace dress and faux leather shift dress
Shoes and accessories – 8
Black trainers, silver trainers, black flat ankle boots and black heeled boots, faithful grey cross-over, burgundy backpack, grey leopard-print scarf and a long necklace.
Feel there is definitely a burgundy, sparkly, leather vibe here!! How exciting! I look forward to being able to get a bit more dressed up this quarter!
Want to start ditching the plastic, but not sure where to start? Well, join me on my Colour Me Sustainable journey – here are 10 swaps that will slip into your life with ease!
- Disposable coffee cups to Reusable coffee cups; most are around the £10 mark and with coffee shops providing around 25p off when you provide your own receptacle, you will have made your money back in 40 coffees… Bargain! Plus, you can get some beautiful designs made from all sorts – bamboo, glass like the gorgeous KeepCup, even used coffee cups (rCup)!
- Clingfilm/clingwrap to Beeswax wraps; these are widely available and come in some stunning patterns or you can a make your own! Link to the tutorial here.
- Shampoo bottle to Shampoo bar; some can leave a residue on your hair which can make it feel greasy so do some research. I use Lush Seanik – it leaves my hair feeling super clean plus it is a beautiful turquoise to brighten my shower. It’s not cheap but it does last a long time if you look after it!
- Tea bags to Plastic-free tea bags or loose leaf in a diffuser; Yep, you’d better believe it! In Sept ‘18, it was estimated that 96% of tea bags contained polypropylene! Clipper Tea announced it is now plastic-free – hoorah!!
- Plastic bags to Reusable bags; canvas, string, straw. Buy or get creative and make your own!
- Supermarket to shopping local or growing your own fruit & veg; You can’t get more local than the back garden! It can be so rewarding (and inexpensive) to grown you own food but it is very seasonable and not necessarily practical for year-round supply. Markets and farm shops are the perfect place to find quality ingredients that don’t come in additional wrapping.
- If you’re buying items normally sold in plastic packaging – Either buy in bulk or find a refillable shop; Either minimise the packaging or, better still, research a pop-up refill shop near you. Within our local area, we have Fill Food, Scoop Zero Waste and Thatcham Refillable and my latest discovery in Thame, The Wholefood Pantry covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
- Plastic straws – None! There are paper or metal alternatives but refusing is the best option here!
- Get some houseplants; they will look good, make you feel happier and fill you house with lovely oxygen! Cleverly, they can remove pollutants and improve air quality. There are some that even I can’t kill… although, thank goodness for Mr. CMS keeping an eye on them! A peace lily is one of my favorites – it actually eats mold! – and my cheese-plant is lush!
- Disposable plastic razor – Safety razor; a closer shave plus, they look stunning! The English Shaving Company offer this beaut for a bathroom pop of colour.
There are lots of ways to be more sustainable and, actually, it is about mindset more than anything else. People say “it will make no difference”… I believe that making small changes can change your mindset and this will infiltrate other aspects of life… if everyone does this – what a force for good we will make!
What eco-swaps will you take up? What else would you recommend for a sustainable newbie?