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Capsule Wardrobes

By Fredrica Syren:

I’m a person who tries to live a green and minimal life but who also loves fashion and clothes. The problem with fashion is that trends change very quickly, so living an eco-friendly life and still looking fashionable can be a challenge. This is why the capsule wardrobe movement spreading on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest caught my attention. Two other zero waste bloggers, Bea Johnson from Zero Waste Home and Lauren Singe from Trash Is for Tossers, always look so fashionable, and both practice minimal living and have a capsule wardrobe.

So what exactly is a capsule wardrobe?

It’s a compact wardrobe consisting of around 30 or fewer high-quality staple pieces in coordinating or matching colors. This includes shoes and sometimes even accessories. This principle was created by London boutique owner Susie Faux in the 1970s.

The capsule wardrobe movement is gaining momentum because more and more people are applying the minimalist principle to their fashion for many different reasons:

It saves money—Raise your hand if you, as I, used to have a closet filled with clothes and shoes that cost a lot but were worn sparingly. The problem I had was that most of my clothes matched perhaps one other item or very few, at the most; therefore, I always felt that I had nothing to wear. So off I would go to buy more clothes. I constantly “cleaned out” my closet and gave the clothes away only to fit in more clothes that I purchased and, yes, this was a very expensive way to live. A capsule wardrobe is designed to provide fewer clothes but with more matching possibilities.

Simplifies getting dressed—Instead of “My gosh, I have nothing to wear in my overstocked closet,” there are fewer items that match and can create more possibilities. What’s more, getting dressed in the morning is darned easy!

Saves time—Same reason as above

Saves space—I used to have a huge walk-in closet all to myself. Still, all my clothes did not fit; so, as I said, I would “clean out” my closet or even pack some clothes into boxes and store them away. After 3 pregnancies, my body had changed, but I kept the clothes for sentimental reasons or in the hope that one day I would fit back into size 2 jeansJ These days, since adopting the capsule principle, not only do my clothes fit into a small closet, but my husband, who also joined the movement, now keeps his things in the same closet.

Live minimally —Minimal living basically means you live a simple life with lots fewer belongings.

Saves the environment—The fashion industry is by far not a very sustainable one. Sure, these days there are more and more fashion designers dedicating themselves to creating eco-friendly and chemical free fashions, but everything in this business — from the pesticides used to grow raw materials for clothes to the dying process to the manufacturing and finally to all the clothes ending up in landfills — is causing lots of harm to the environment. Looking fabulous with a minimal wardrobe and less waste saves the planet and is a much more eco-friendly way of living.

Less laundry—Need I say more?

How to start a capsule wardrobe:

Here are great tips on how to create your own capsule wardrobe:

The goal is to create a minimal yet versatile wardrobe for every season, and to say goodbye to closet clutter. Say hello to Capsules!


About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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