New Year, Same Clothes

Hi Everyone!

With the first week of the new year under our belts, I finally feel like I'm getting back into the rhythm of things post-holiday. This year I spent nearly two full weeks in LA with my family, and it was just the kind of respite I needed. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my current work-life balance has been a bit out of whack and I can't tell you how much I appreciated being off the clock for a bit. 

Would you believe me if I told you that I haven't really started putting together my winter capsule wardrobe, save for a few pieces? If you have read this blog at all, or follow me on Insta, you know how much I love capsuling. I've been doing it for a year now and I'm hooked. So the fact that I haven't been able to spend time generating my next season's wardrobe should be a pretty big indicator of just how little free time I've had on my hands. But enough with the lamenting. That's not the way to start off a new year, or even a new blog post. 

Maybe it's because I have been wearing almost the same outfit every day to school, and can no longer reach for my cherished pieces, or maybe it's because I'm nearing 3.5 months with the same wardrobe, but my current closet situation feels stale. I'm uninspired by whats hanging in my closet. I guess you could say that I'm in a rut of sorts. I recently even found myself impulsively buying something that I wasn't even sure would work for winter - what?!? 

I guess I feel the most challenged by my work situation. I spent a  year cultivating a wardrobe I am ecstatic about, only to have to abandon it in favor of some truly basic basics. Now, I could go ahead and start over and create a 40-strong closet for my current work environment, but this role is temporary and I am not ready to overhaul my wardrobe just yet. Instead, I have about five or so pieces that I keep off to the side and rotate through each week. On weekends all 40 pieces become available to me. It's meh. 

Also, I love giving people gifts. I love it so much in fact, that I rarely stick to a budget around the holidays. As you can imagine, this has left me in a tight spot for winter. So, to be truthful, even though I have some ideas about how to get myself out of this rut, they all include spending hundreds of dollars at Cuyana, Zady and Everlane, and unfortunately, that's not in the cards right now. I need to hunker down and get crafty with my inspiration. 

So, let me put this out to you, friends. What do you do to keep yourself motivated and inspired when spending isn't an option? What tricks do you employ when you "shop your closet?" I'll take all the advice I can get. 

Xo,

Harben

 

 

That Fall Feeling

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner. I can't believe that we're about halfway through the fall season. And I especially can't believe that in one short month I will celebrate my year anniversary of capsuling. Time has passed extra quickly this year, and I'm trying to savor a few moments here and there to reflect on the many transformations that have occurred since January.

Truth be told, this fall season has been a little strange. Those of you who know me in real life know that while I have loved my foray into the slow fashion movement, my primary passion and career are in education and the nonprofit sector. I have a background in autism education, and though many of my days are spent in an office, my role has recently taken me back into the world of school-based direct service. This work is amazing. It's challenging, and it's rewarding, and unfortunately it can't be done in silk tops and heeled booties. As you may assume, I have had to adjust and readjust my capsule over the past month to incorporate sturdy basics and sneakers that can withstand all that the school day brings. It's been an interesting curve ball to field, especially considering how confident I was going into this season. 

I had fully intended to do a major rundown of my fall wardrobe, but with all of the iterations this capsule has undergone, I have decided to highlight the six new pieces I purchased for fall, rather than all 40. Ladies and gents, check out fall's newness below. 

 Vintage Leather Skirt ( similar ), Acne Jeans (thrifted),  Everlane Tank ,  Everlane Modern Points ,  Everlane Trousers

Vintage Leather Skirt (similar), Acne Jeans (thrifted), Everlane Tank, Everlane Modern Points, Everlane Trousers

By now you probably all know that Everlane is a mainstay for ethical fashion in my wardrobe. They're my go-to, and they're great. That said, I've recently dug into some new research around other companies and apps that champion ethical and sustainable fashion. Look for a post detailing that information soon. Aside from Everlane, the leather skirt was purchased from Etsy, and the Acne jeans are maybe my most impressive thrifting score to date. Though fall has been a little odd, I'm pretty pleased with these new additions. They have served me well through October, and I'm excited to put them to good use this holiday season (especially that leather skirt). Check back for some favorite holiday looks featuring some personal slow fashion favorites! 

Cheers,

Harben