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Towards a More Mindful Wardrobe

Fashion in itself can be an intimidating subject as we tackle our own personal style, revamp our wardrobes with the seasons, or try to understand silhouettes and textiles and how they work with our body type. We often see clothing as a personal statement of taste and creativity, yet also need it as functional wear for our day to day lives. Regardless, it takes some mindful energy to think about what we want our clothing to mean to us.

Whether you’re purely interested in learning more about ethics and sustainability surrounding fashion, or you’ve been an ethical brand loyalist for some time, an new approach towards a mindful wardrobe is a good place to start. Here, I talk about four ways to move your own wardrobe in a more sustainable direction.

Discover your wardrobe staples.

Taking a step back to look at your wardrobe and the items you wear daily is an important step in mindful wears. Whether it’s simple pieces like denim or dresses – these key wardrobe staples are those that bring confidence, comfort and ease to routines. These staples are items that you reach for regardless of the occasion, and quite possibly, the items that have already been in your closet for years. For me, it’s a pair of great-fitting black jeans and a pair of black booties that I’ll wear until they fall apart.

When you determine the items you find yourself wearing most frequently, you can then build off of these. This foundation will help shape a mindful approach by answering a few questions – What items should I be investing in? What items should I avoid because they do not bring confidence in my daily wardrobe? What items are those that I can re-incorporate back into my wardrobe?

These loved items should bring you joy and confidence and be those that are important to your day to day activities.

Create a seasonal wish list.

Sitting down to put a mindful practice towards shopping can help you purchase items that will last. A wish list is a useful and accountable way to take time to plan out what is needed within your wardrobe.

This list should be made up of items that you are able to think over in terms of wears, need and durability. It’s also designed to help avoid impulse buys that, most likely, you would not wear as often.

What’s on my wish list this season?

Everyday boot with a summery vibe or color | After wearing out a past boot style over the last few years, I am on the hunt for an everyday boot that can transition into summer outfits. I’m currently looking at these:

Denim | A good pair of denim is an item that is a staple in my wardrobe. After ripping a hole through the crotch of my last pair, there’s room in my closet for another pair for various occasions. Since it’s spring, I’m looking at these lighter wash options:

Light jackets | I’m always searching for quality, affordable and responsible made jackets. These are year-round wish list items for me because I live in a colder climate. Jackets are an item that increases the versatility of denim, dresses or bare blouses. I’m currently looking at these pieces:

Wrap dress | Although I am typically wearing jeans, I’d love to add a versatile wrap dress into my wardrobe for travel, dinner, etc. I am going to purchase one of these items:

Be loyal to a few brands

If you’re looking to go one step further in pursuing your mindful wardrobe, finding brands that are reliable is important – whether it concerns body type, work needs, durability or style. Even if you’re not there in shopping sustainably focused brands, choosing brands that are dependable and high quality will be important in choosing styles that will be worn often. This will help curate a wardrobe that can go past trends and bring confidence to your daily wardrobe.

Rewear and restyle what you already own

Lastly, we are aware that mindfulness can come in many forms, but being present in what’s already in front of you is a large pieces. Staying in the moment, grateful and attentive is important in our lives, so why shouldn’t it be in our wardrobes?

Although wish lists and finding great brands are significant in building out your style, rewearing what you already own is essential. We are trained to desire and purchase new every season, but with trends coming full circle, we can pair those older items with our new purchases for fresh looks. We can ask ourselves how we can rewear and restyle the pieces we already own.

This is what inspired this latest lookbook where I style a blazer from my closet in five ways. I hope you enjoy!

L O O K   F O U R
plaid dress: https://shopstyle.it/l/1czj
black booties: https://shopstyle.it/l/1cvn
black belt: https://shopstyle.it/l/1czr
blazer: https://shopstyle.it/l/1cwE

L O O K   F I V E
black palazzo pants: https://shopstyle.it/l/1cyA
lace bralette: https://shopstyle.it/l/1cyE
yellow platforms: https://shopstyle.it/l/1cuB
hoop earrings: https://shopstyle.it/l/1cyG
translucent clutch: https://shopstyle.it/l/1czA
blazer: https://shopstyle.it/l/1cwE

smashbox lipcolor throughout: https://shopstyle.it/l/1czC

music by: jeff kaale – mai tai from soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/jeff-kaale/mai-tai)

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