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Video: minimalism in your closet

Kim Kim 06 Jan 2020 Video: minimalism in your closet

So why choose a minimalist wardrobe? If you’re a bit of a Marie Kondo fan or have read any books about it, you know that minimalism brings a sense of inner peace. Not only this, but you also drastically reduce your negative impact on the world if you switch from fast fashion to vegan and more sustainable slow fashion.

Together with our seller Laura from the wonderful seller Take it Slow, we have made a video series about vegan & fair fashion. This time: vegan basics! Specifically a little bit about minimalism, the true cost of fashion and how you can begin your capsule wardrobe.

Shop the look: vegan basics

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Start your own capsule wardrobe in 3… 2… 1...

In our mission, we often mention this: simply reduce your consumption. And when you do buy something, remember: you are voting with your wallet for the world that you would like to see.

Putting together a capsule wardrobe can be a super liberating experience, and if you have an eye for it, the end result can be super stylish as well! We are happy to help guide you on your way:

  • First of all, tidy up your wardrobe: see which items you really want to keep and that you actually enjoy wearing, and which items have been gathering dust in the back of your closet for years. Sell them, give them away, trade them or put them in a textile bin!
  • Then choose around 30 to 40 easy-to-combine items to include in your wardrobe: 3 pants, 3 skirts, 3 sweaters, 3 jackets, 3 blouses, 3 t-shirts, 3 cardigans, 2 dresses, 3 pair of shoes, 2 scarves, 3 bags, 2 belts ... you get the picture.
  • With that you can put together around 80 outfits. Develop your own style with it!
  • Need something new? Invest in - really - sustainable and honestly produced, vegan clothing, shoes and some accessories that you know are easy to combine and that you will wear often.
  • Tip: you might want to try renting outfits that you will only wear once for a special occasion.

Also read: The Ultimate "Design Your Own Capsule Wardrobe" Action Plan with Seasonal Capsule Infographics

The article continues under this photo: true cost, minimalism and 'cost per wear'.

Video: minimalism in your closet

Mix & match

If you learn the art of mixing and matching different items, you can create an infinite number of nice outfits with a beautiful set of basics and a few eye-catchers. Your wallet will also thank you! It also allows you to invest in a somewhat more expensive item from time to time, especially if you know that no human or animal has been exploited for your look: you make a well-considered choice and then enjoy it for the years to come.

Just like before, find the fun in saving for something that you really want. Look beyond fleeting trends and focus on what you really need - often something you'll wear dozens of times.

What is expensive? The true cost that is invisibly paid

"But isn't fair fashion really expensive?" For us, "expensive" is a term open for interpretation. But based on the low-lying sales prices that we are used to today? A cheap t-shirt for $3 rarely costs that little to make. It is our earth, the many workers and animals in the industry who, unseen, pay the rest of its price.

Maybe until recently you bought four items of clothing for forty euros. I invite you to buy one now for the same money, but then one where you know that you are not financing things that you do not support. For your wallet that makes no difference, but for the wider world it does, and therefore also for your own peace of mind and enjoyment of wearing your clothing.

For example, a friend of mine calculates how often he has to wear a piece of clothing if he wants to spend just one euro on the item a day. He will therefore have to wear a sweater of fifty euros fifty times; a trade-off that he makes when purchasing each new item. Just calculate: what is the minimum and maximum that an item may or should cost you each time you wear it?