The dignity that lies in a Capsule Wardrobe

What is a capsule wardrobe? Typically a wardrobe that consists of 33 seasonal items or less. Best described by creator of the idea in ‘Be More With Less’. So if you are interested in creating one, maybe the first step would be to reflect on these reasons why you could say YES to a capsule wardrobe.

Why in the world would you want to have less clothing?

  1. Fewer decisions
  2. Less time wasted
  3. Less stress
  4. Less wasted energy
  5. Feeling put together
  6. Iconic
  7. Less expensive
  8. More peace

These are the reasons given in 8 Reasons Successful People Are Choosing to Wear the Same Thing Every Day 

My idea of being successful is getting through the day without raising my voice, so I am pretty successful lately! But aside from these great reasons, I would like to talk about dignity.

Fast Fashion is an industry that has helped women in particular find their self worth in a certain style or fashion trend. It has helped them consciously over stuff their wardrobes and sadly waste even more as fashion trends change quickly. The cheaply offered clothing is an invitation to build your self worth on what you are wearing or acquiring. Of course it is important to look and feel amazing but you are so much more than what you wear and what you have. If you can get to that point in your life, you can ethically make choices to stop the loss of human dignity in yourself and be an example for others to do the same. Fast Fashion costs us all…

“Whether it is factory workers working long hours for less than a living wage, children picking our cotton or sewing our fabrics instead of attending school, or farmers and garment workers poisoned, injured or even killed in the workplace, someone, somewhere is paying for our global addiction to fast fashion”  – Environmental Justice Foundation

I know, I know, it’s a lot to worry about and sometimes it’s just so addictive and convenient. So let’s just get back to the basics, I am going to task you with this reflection and this challenge!

Reflection

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Do I see my self worth in the clothing that I wear or the things that I have?

Task

  1. Cull those that don’t fit; Go into your wardrobe and throw everything that does not fit you into a bag and leave it at the door or in your boot. If you were like me and held onto favourite pyjamas that had holes in the butt, you can throw them in a separate bag (but don’t throw them in the bin, let’s recycle or re purpose them). Keeping onto something until you loose weight is carrying unnecessary mental guilt. If you really love it, keep it. If you can do without, think of someone you can pass it onto that might enjoy it and wear it now.
  2. Reflect on that bag; You can leave it there for however long you need, but if you have to, reflect on this. Can these clothes be put to better use on a human, rather that sitting in my wardrobe collecting dust?
  3. Pass it on, ethically; Before you chuck it into a charity bin, think of placing it online for free. It can be to an organisation that helps the needy or directly to someone you know. This way you know that it has gone directly to someone in need rather than possibly ending up in landfill.

Reflection

“The world calls for and expects from us simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility… Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man. It risks being vain and sterile.” (Blessed Paul VI)

Pat yourself on the back! You have done a great thing for yourself, for the local community, the environment and the global community! #Winning

Let me know how you went!

 

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