I could not be more excited to share today's post with you all! This one has been a long time coming, and it's very near and dear to my heart. Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Laurie Lion, the brains behind one of my most favorite Oakland haunts - Hawthorn Boutique. I first became aware of Hawthorn (conveniently located several blocks away from my place of work) thanks to the recommendation of a coworker. Though I was immediately drawn to the shop's aesthetic and colors, and to be completely California about it,Read More
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.
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!
When I first started putting my winter capsule together, it was easy enough to pick out my favorite basics. My daily uniform typically includes a combination of skinny jeans + loose fitting button-ups + ankle boots, with a blazer thrown in for good measure. Thanks to an overabundance of all of the aforementioned items, choosing capsule-worthy favorites within that silhouette took all of five minutes.
There are a few pieces, however, that I included in my capsule to challenge myself. Though loved in theory, these items were seldom worn when stored in an overgrown closet.
Case in point: this graphic t-shirt from Sevenly. Sevenly donates $7 from every item sold on their site to a specific nonprofit partner, to impact lives and strengthen a community of giving worldwide. Pretty cool, huh? I purchased the "Different Not Less" tee, for which they partnered with Autism Speaks, and wore it maybe twice before it was relinquished to the back corner of a drawer and all but forgotten.
This might be a nice time to disclose that when I'm not discussing a capsule wardrobe, I'm probably talking about autism. From 9-5 I am a program manager at large nonprofit, working to bring quality autism services and special education to families throughout the Bay Area. When a friend pointed out that Sevenly was donating to autism research, I jumped at the chance to buy one of their super sweet, super soft graphic tees. The only problem? I don't wear graphic tees.
Including this top in my 40 piece capsule meant that I would have to give it a fair shot. I really enjoy the colors, cut and message, and have delighted in the challenge to integrate it into my favorite outfits. It's probably not going to make the short-list for Spring, but forcing myself to create opportunities to wear B-Team items this season has been a great learning experience. I like to think that this capsule wardrobe is helping me focus my personal style, while allowing me to be daring and test the waters in a few key ways. For now, it's back to basics.