Slow Fashion October Week 2: What’s in your closet?

Hey there! It’s now November but our slow wardrobes aren’t made in a month so I’m back with a recap of the week two prompts from Slow Fashion October. I’m still exploring the #slowfashionoctober IG feed and links as well. There’s just so much to see and read and I don’t want to miss a thing! I’ve already discovered (and binge read) a few new to me blogs. So many creative individuals out there making amazing things.

Week 2 is was all about cleaning out our closets and considering what’s in there. Since October finally starts to feel more like fall where I live, I was already in the midst of transitioning my closet so this prompt was timely. I’ve been testing out seasonal capsules for about a year now, so heading back into fall this time around has been the easiest transition to date. After tracking my wears last year and clearing out what didn’t serve me at the end of the season, I was excited to pull out a box full of favorites that I was anxious to wear, and the handful of items I couldn’t let go of were easier to part with after some time had passed. Here’s a snapshot of my closet today. I’m also participating in my first 10×10 challenge, so those pieces (along with my Mary Poppins costume) are hung on the right side at the moment, but this is my whole wardrobe, minus the very summery items I packed away until next year.

10-28-18 Fall 2018 Closet

What is the oldest or most treasured thing in your closet? I feel like I’ve finally edited my closet to a place where I treasure many things, but I’m really in love with these pieces. They’ve all been found in thrift shops for cheap and appear (from the looks of the tags inside) to have lived in some woman’s closet for quite some time before making their way there.

10-28-18 treasured pieces

What is the item you wear the most? Why? A pair of medium wash Lucky Brand jeans and a white v-neck tee shirt because they give all my statement pieces a foundation and are comfortable for my daily life.

Are there any “investment pieces?” How did they work out? Not really. Maybe the Frye boots I bought 8 years ago that have only gotten better with age.

Does anything still have the tags on it? Why? Nope.

How much is handmade, hand-me-down or has some other personal meaning? I have four handmade pieces in my current closet and a handful of summer tanks packed away for next year. About 90% is from thrift stores and about 1/3 of those are special pieces in that they’re old, unique, good quality and feel like me. I still have second hand fast fashion that I hope to replace with handmade or higher quality vintage as they wear out, but considering I was starting from scratch 4 years ago after leaving work and becoming a mom, I’m happy with the state of things.

How does what’s in your closet align with the mood board you made about how you would actually like to dress? In what ways are they the same/different? Better than ever before! I’ve been thoughtful about my wardrobe for a while now and I’m finally experiencing the fruits of my labor. There are pieces missing, but I have some sewing patterns and fabrics already lined up that will fill gaps and create more versatility with what I already have and love.

How do the colors align with the color palette  you made? Pretty well, I think, and it’s a great feeling because this didn’t used to be the case at all. I’m getting better at creating realistic mood boards and editing my purchases and it’s all coming together.

For reference, here’s a side by side of my week 1 mood board and current closet.

10-28-18 mood board and closet

How do your clothes align with your lifestyle and climate? For the most part, really well. I live in a mild climate in southern California where a lot of my clothing can be worn for Fall, Winter and Spring and that’s the portion of my wardrobe represented by my mood board and in my closet right now. Where I need some work is my summer wardrobe because it gets pretty hot and we spend lots of time at the beach. I’m already brainstorming what types of garments I can create that will be functional but still feel like me. This past summer I just grabbed a couple tee shirts and a pair of denim cut offs from the thrift and wore them on repeat. It worked, but when the first leaf fell they were boxed up because I was so over it!

What percentage of your closet feel like YOU? Considering what I just said about my summer wardrobe, if I divide by 4 seasons, I guess 75%. I’m pretty happy with that because I’ve got 9 months to prepare for next summer…

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