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

The Slow Ride

**I planned to share this post with you today (June 26th, 2015), but before I do I just need to throw three huge cheers into the air for this morning's supreme court decision. I remember reading the news two years ago when DOMA was struck down, and wondering how in the world states could still deny anyone who wants to wed, the right to. Today is monumental. Today is something our kids and grandkids will ask us about. I'm so happy that we, as a country, are finally here. It's about time. I know there is more work to be done, but for today, let's all celebrate this beautiful victory. Love wins. 

And now today's post. 

Hello, World!

There is something about this capsule business that makes me revert back to my not-so-endearing 15-year-old ways;  I just want to learn everything all at once and then instantly be a master without any tedious practice, deliberation, or missteps. I want to expertly and effortlessly live the tenets of this consumerist paradigm shift (not shopping, curating a quality wardrobe, living with less) as quickly as possible, without the growing pains. I'm in a hurry. There will be no stopping to smell the flowers and it is not about the journey. Get me to my damn destination already. 

Like making any real, sustained change in life, mastering a capsule mentality requires thoughtful planning and a devotion to steady, incremental change. It requires time and humility. My personal growth experience has been slow and even painstaking in moments. Now that's not to say that progress isn't being made. It is. Just very very slowly. And I attribute all of my impatience to one overarching thing: 

I now know what I want to wear. 

The capsule wardrobe has helped me define, clarify, and refine my style like never before. I know what I like to wear, and I know what I want to own. The problem is that very few items hanging in my closet right now fit either of those bills. For the first time I can see a beautiful, quality,  cohesive wardrobe on my horizon, and I can't wait to get there. I want all my clothes to fit within my new clarity of style, and I want it now. In the words of Indigo Montoya, I hate wait. 

I really appreciate what Natalie over at Hey Natalie Jean said about Pinterest Disconnect (something I wrote about without having a name for here). Luckily for me, Natalie's advice to stick to the guidance of her pins when compiling a wardrobe came just in time for me to build my summer set of 40. Armed with her words firmly planted in my mind,  I began to piece together a wardrobe based solely on the aesthetic I admire. And you guys, I bought A LOT for summer. I thrifted and hunted, but I also bought things at full price, which is so unlike me. I went NUTS. And for what? Because I want that wardrobe. I'm giving the "pinterest yes-connect" a go. I'm taking a stab at changing my habits and dressing like a handful of my style icons (or as close to that as I can get and still suit my lifestyle).   

Now obviously I couldn't throw complete and total caution to the wind when putting things together for summer, and that's where the above graphic comes in. I still had a rough budget to try and stick to, and unfortunately my nonprofit salary can't quite accommodate the multiple Acne pieces on my capsule pinterest board. That said, I think I put together something pretty sweet to experiment with over the next three months (with full acknowledgement that experiments aren't always perfect. Sometimes they're messy. But you do always learn). Plus, I've reached a good place with what is hanging in my closet. Even though I am impatient, and all I want is to get to the end goal as quickly as possible, I feel accomplished knowing that I'm well on my way.  I spent the first two capsule cycles purging + defining, and I am now on the other side, focusing on refining + building. I know that I can't possibly get there all at once. The process of refining is meant to be slow, methodical, and full of self-reflection. But it does feel good to be over a hurdle of sorts. Thanks for the new lens, capsule. Thanks for the focus. 

xo,

Harben