Cultivated Wardrobe

More Confessions of a Capsule Wardrobe Wearer

 I’m officially proclaiming that I am henceforth and forever more never allowed to tell you that I’m ‘going to post about [it]’ next week, later this week, etc. because for whatever reason when I do that I am incapable of delivering on my statement…

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but I do hope I don’t annoy you too much when I say I’m going to do something and then, well, don’t…


I will still be sharing with you my spring capsule sometime soon, but today I’m sharing some thoughts (i.e., heartfelt confessions) about some of the realities I’ve faced while experimenting with this whole capsule business over on Cladwell’s blog.

I’ve written about Cladwell’s Capsules tool before and together we’ve spent about the last year establishing a relationship with one another (Hi Erin! haha…). The passion and tenacity I’ve seen them exhibit for this mounting need in the fashion community during this time frame has been nothing short of inspiring.  I was even more excited, recently, to see Caroline announced her partnership with them as they take the fast fashion world by storm with their [beat] fast fashion campaign.

For better or worse, I’ve shared some pretty raw truths about my personal experiences navigating what it means to ‘dress with less’ — and a few other things too — so I hope you’ll take the time to hop on over to Cladwell’s blog and let me know what you think. It would certainly mean a lot to me to hear your take and maybe even some of your own struggles/successes.

Seriously, thank you so much!


TOPS: chambray (thrifted) – similar, buffalo check top, grid striped blouse, lace top – similar, grey tee, dark grey marled tee

BOTTOMS: white jean leggings (old) – similar

SHOES: gladiator heel (old) – similar (more expensive option)

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    April 18, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I like your thoughts! I also think shopping ethically can be really overwhelming. I guess my own fix is just to thrift *everything.* I mean, more or less. I would be interested to hear more about what goes into your occasional purchasing from fast fashion brands — how do you decide which pieces are worth it? I really am curious, because I feel like you’re right re: baby-steps and also, something has to give somewhere, sometimes! To hold ourselves to some standard that is as-of-now virtually impossible in the time and place in which we live (e.g to obtain *everything* ethically in 21st century America?!) is probably a one-way ticket to Unhappysville. I myself am often troubled by the sheer amount of things I (and everyone else in America) orders online…sometimes I wonder if the environmental fallout from all that e-commerce is effectively un-doing the good that shopping ethically does? But as I said, something has to give, somewhere. What’s to be done? Anyway, I wrote a little bit about my own process here:

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      April 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks so much for taking the time to respond Julia! I agree with you about trying to thrift EVERYTHING. I honestly find myself thrifting as much as possible in all areas of my life: there’s just too much good to be had there (not paying retail, contributing to less production/waste, saving something from the landfill, etc.) But I love how you’ve identified the paradox of doing this to a fault — where we start to guilt trip ourselves when we fall outside these ideal boundaries we’ve created for ourselves. See ya Unhappysville! Haha! I’ve found peace in exhausting the “what’s most ethical (right now…)” routes and then granting myself some grace when I find myself having to take another. :)

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    April 18, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Also, if you’re really interested in ethically sourcing quality pieces, Grechen of Grechen’s Closet has a boundless energy for trying out, reviewing, and discussing her ethical clothing choices. She’s a bit older but she dresses timelessly, chicly, and only in neutrals!

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      April 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I too enjoy her blog!

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    April 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I thought this was well written and describes where I’m at in the process. I had “discovered” the idea of a capsule wardrobe, last fall. I was excited about this but started feeling overwhelmed and wasn’t sure how to tackle it. One day, while doing a Google search, I ran across your blog and your idea of a year round capsule wardrobe. I was immediately interested. I feel this is more “do-able” and easier to wrap my head around. Still, it seems like a daunting task. Thank you for reminding me to take baby steps in this process. I am excited to turn over this new leaf!!

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      April 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Yay!! And oh, thank you Pam! Cheers to devouring all kinds of ‘elephants’… ;)

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