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One Month In A Carry-On

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It can be done, my friends! I did it this past holiday season. For four weeks I lived out of a suitcase with only the bare essentials. I was thrilled by the prospect, excited for the challenge, and overall pleased with the outcome. It is all thanks to my favorite app on my phone, Cladwell. This little genius tells me everything I need to know about what is in my closet. *Insert classic Clueless Cher master scheming face here.* Now, I will confess off the bat, I did stray away from the challenge, but these loopholes were preplanned. While I did construct an efficient number of items and cohesive styles, the bonus to this challenge was that I would not be more than a few miles from one of my three sisters closets. Shout out to older siblings for always having something spare to share. Now, back to business.

FullSizeRender-1.jpgI use Cladwell all the time, but for this purpose specifically, it is worth its weight in gold. Traveling is already hectic enough between TSA guidelines, itineraries, and homesickness. With Cladwell you know at least you’ll be guaranteed to look good doing all that and more.

IMG_7797.jpgAs you can see, I have uploaded my planned wardrobe into the app. They have 1,000s of items to chose from, so if you can’t find something identical to what you own, you’re sure to find sometimes damn near close. And if you are like me and some things are too special and very specific, my tip is to go to the webshops and use a screenshot of the items sale page to add to the closet capsule record. Like I did here with my Billy! tee.

FullSizeRender-2.jpgNot only did this app help me go from planes, trans, Christmas parties, and a wedding, but it also saved me money! I knew exactly what I packed and what to wear, so at no point did I feel the need to impulse shop. That means walking around downtown shopping areas during the holiday season worry free of ensemble crisis thanks to one little planning application.

So, if you too have plans this year for some serious long term traveling, or if you’re going away for a quick weekend trip, make 2019 the best year ever and bring Cladwell with you. Better yet, if you are still on some new year new me game-changing vibe, clean out your closet and build your dream from the bottom up, constructing it piece by piece directly on your phone. You will not regret it!

Accessories – Capsule Series (5 of 5)

No matter where your interest is in the Capsule Wardrobe lifestyle, one thing is certain, accessories are your friend. This is the opportunity in a minimalist lifestyle to really let your personality shine through, and add all the function and versatility you need in your day to day life. Unlike the maximalist who would entice you to consume as many options, colors, and variations of things, it is my hope to be the voice of reason. Find what you love, pick your obsessions, and cherish what you own. With this mindset, you can live with a more ethically curated closet.

IMG_5726.jpgIn my eyes, accessories are practical tools on the field. So for me, my natural attractions are versatile pieces, functional bags, and neutral tones. This is also where I spend the most money in my wardrobe. For example, all the bags I own I have purchased with the intention to wear them for my life. Literally, I am in the store imagining how my grandkids will recognize me by these bags. So you could say I am very attached to these pieces. And as for my shoes, it is something similar. I buy shoes with the intent to repair, wear, and keep them as long as possible. My black boots took years to break in, and I have re-soled them twice since moving to Finland. My newest pair of white trainers is my favorite based on their thorough ethical standards. But I will get into that later with a full blog post about why I love them so dearly.

IMG_5745.jpgSo whether your accessories have a story, are made to last, or bring you the deepest joy, chose wisely! These are the pieces that get the most attention, use, and tested by time. Consider your lifestyle too, do you need to dress more professional at work or are you more casual with your style? Do you live in a city always on the go, or do you live a slower rural life? Do you want to put in the time and effort to maintain leather for years, or would you rather have a more recyclable material like a natural cotton product? These questions may vary depending on the climate where you live, the place where you work, and the activities you partake. Although the most important thing is to reflect and ask yourself these questions. I find it is best to reflect before a shopping trip. Really consider each piece you own and wear, why you wear it, do you need it or need to replace it.

IMG_5724.jpgSometimes these questions aren’t easy, our closets hold more emotion than we give them credit for. If you’re already here reading this text and followed along through the five-part series then my guess is you are on the right path! Trust your instincts and know that a capsule wardrobe is something to build for the long run. It is a marathon, not a race. So fight the urge to consume fast fashion, ignore the seasonal bombarding of marketed trends, and dig deep into how you wish to dress and be perceived. If there are holes in your wardrobe, accessories, or other belongings, know that there are ethical options everywhere nowadays. The best places to start looking are in your own community; siblings, friends, and local secondhand shops are ideal. Then if you have something more specific, venture out on to the world wide web to find that special particular item.

IMG_5719.jpgI hope this series has inspired you to reconsider how you dress and what you wear. Work at this one season at a time, break down what you own into small manageable projects. This can be done on a smaller scale by participating in a 10×10 challenge, where you pick 10 items to wear for 10 days. This can begin to cultivate the creativity back into your closet. Or next time when you’re out shopping consider some of the questions I have mentioned in this series, will you wear it at least 30 times, is it something you have been needing, etc.

Good luck to all and thank you for following along!