Seeing as I’m mom to an almost one-year-old boy, it might be ambitious for me to choose this kind of neutral palate capsule wardrobe. But I’ve decided to live life on the edge and trust wholly in my washing machine. This new wide leg jumpsuit is from Australian brand Rowie the Label. They have gorgeous, effortless pieces that can easily be worn lots of different ways. For some reason the land down-under has a huge number of ethical fashion brands. I’m constantly learning of new designers (whether for kids, men, women, or home), who’ve prized quality and sustainability above the almighty dollar sign. I’m excited to take this piece and get creative with it over the coming months.
Are you sick of me talking about the weather, yet? I’ll try to reign it in (after today). We had the most glorious Saturday taking Colton to the beach for his first time. Well, it was his first time conscious. He squished the sand in his toes and loved watching waves crash. Then we strolled through a few cute shops and even walked to our local grocer. The day ended in an impromptu dinner get together with our close friends. And I couldn’t find a better outfit than this canary yellow linen dress. It’s a recent addition to my closet (yet another preview of my summer capsule wardrobe). The lightweight fabric creates a beautiful silhouette but never feels overdressed. Also, the yellow just carried down to the shoes–it was a matchy day.
We’ve finally arrived at the day my husband’s long been waiting for: my closet cleanout sale. Last week I introduced the fact that I’ll be compiling a capsule wardrobe for summer. And this is part of the road to getting there. I combed through all of my spring and summer items separating into three piles: keep, sell, donate. The ‘keeps’ are folded neatly, the ‘donateds’ are dropped off, and my ‘sells’ are live online.
I put a poll out on Insta-stories and the resounding response was to host an online closet cleanout sale as opposed to in-person. So I chose to host it on a website called Poshmark. It’s an online marketplace that allows you to buy, sell, barter, and essentially thrift your way to a beautiful wardrobe. If you don’t already have an account you can use my code ‘ONEBRASSFOX‘ to receive $5 in credit on your purchases! Then search my name and voilá–all the gently worn items from my closet are there to browse.
While it certainly feels refreshing to lighten the load on my shelves, I wanted there to be a higher purpose for this sale. And in my initial post I teased out the fact that from April 16-23 10% of profits will be donated to a local charity. Well now i get to share with you all about Amirah. Amirah is a whole-person care program located on the North Shore of Boston. Their mission is “to provide a refuge for those seeking to break free from exploitation and heal in community on their journey toward lasting hope.” They offer programs to women who’ve been the victims of human and sex trafficking.
I first learned of the rampant issue of human trafficking in our country back in high school. I was floored by statistics that showed numbers in the millions, both here and around the globe. Ever since then it’s been a prominent cause on my heart. So I am humbled and honored to find some small way of supporting the Amirah organization. To read the stories of hope from women in their programs, click here.
Let me know if you have any questions on this closet cleanout sale and happy hunting! xx
Oh my goodness you guys, I cannot believe I finally get to hit ‘publish’ on this post. It’s been in the works for months and now the day has come. As you may have guessed from my spoiler alert title, I am committing to a capsule wardrobe for summer. If you’re not familiar with the term, capsule wardrobe is a carefully selected collection of clothing that can be paired numerous ways to create different outfits. Essentially, it’s sticking to basic pieces but changing up how they’re worn. I’ve been a big fan of this concept for years. It minimizes clothing waste and calls for some serious creativity. So today I wanted to share the backstory of how I got here, the way it’s going to work, and what that means for YOU (yep, you–keep reading).
why it took my so long to decide
I was really slow to make the decision on forming a capsule wardrobe. But it wasn’t for the reason I initially imagined. I wasn’t sad about losing a larger closet. It didn’t bother me to think of paring down my choices, per se. It hasn’t been about the physical pieces themselves. Instead, it came down to expression. Ever since I was super young I loved expressing myself through clothing. Board games like “Pretty Pretty Princess” had my name all over them. Dress-up was just an excuse for me to change outfits forty-two times a day.
So in minimizing my wardrobe, I didn’t want to lose that part of me. I worried I’d feel stifled by lack of choice. But I’ve come to see this capsule wardrobe as an even greater opportunity for expression. It presents a unique challenge that allows me to hone my pursuit of conscious consumerism. It will also require even more imagination every time I get dressed.
what i’m doing to put it together
This is the other half of what’s taken me a while. I’ve put a lot of thought into my ‘why’ behind this wardrobe. I’ve long been a voice for sustainable + ethical manufacturing in the clothing industry. Truth is, that’s the more expensive way to do things. So when it comes to buying from those brands, the price tag can seem intimidating. I see $135 for a jumpsuit and think, “I can’t justify that.” But, you know what, over the course of a year I probably buy five things at $40 and think nothing of it. Those five things don’t last more than a season. They’re not intentionally made for quality. So instead of taking that deliberate approach to purchasing, I cop out on fast fashion.
I’m committing to making that personal change. I want to support the right brands. I don’t want to feed my habit for impulse purchases. I’m choosing fewer things that will last longer and make an impact on this industry. So I’ve spent the past few months researching brands and curating pieces. Not everything I’m including in the capsule wardrobe is new. Some things I’m keeping in that are old and therefore may not be from one of these conscious brands. But it’s a step in the right direction and I’m not purchasing anything new for it that isn’t ethically crafted.
how i’m handling the current closet situation
As promised in my opening, THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN. I have spent the past few weeks organizing a closet cleanout sale. I’ve combed through my entire wardrobe and separated everything into keep, donate, or sell. I’ll be doing a dedicated post all about this next Monday but here’s a short version: from April 16-23 I will be selling my gently worn clothing on a website called Poshmark. What I love about the opportunity to sell on consignment sites like that is the fact that, while pieces may not fit into my wardrobe anymore, they’re getting a second life elsewhere. Additionally, I will be donating 10% of all profits from my sales to a local charity for women rescued from human trafficking.
Just to note, when it came to cleaning out my closet for this capsule wardrobe, I didn’t go overboard. By that I mean I didn’t chuck sentimental pieces. And I wasn’t harping on a specific number of items to keep. Instead, I took time with each piece and considered how likely I was to wear it, how versatile it was, and whether or not I felt a certain attachment to it.
PHEW you have stuck with me through this whole post and I am grateful! So keep an eye out next Monday about participating in my closet cleanout to benefit charity. Additionally, as I finalize the capsule wardrobe pieces I’ll be sharing my full selection in an upcoming post. xx
For most of my adolescent years I steered clear of wearing pink. I look back on that ‘aversion’ now and think maybe I was worried about being too girly. Many of my closest friends were guys so there probably was some underlying sense of wanting to fit in. But in the past few years I’ve come to embrace blush tones. They’re romantic without seeming too loud. While I don’t go full-on fuchsia, I’m loving how the feminine hues are running through my closet now. And these pink fur loafers are just my shoe dream come true. Honestly, E thought they were bizarre and that I was joking when I bought them. But nope, they’re real–they’re mine, and I don’t plan on taking them off any time soon. I’ll admit, the fur will be completely impractical come winter; however, until then, expect a whole lot more of these beauties from me! Also, major bonus, they’re $60 and still available in all sizes.
Club Monaco sweater c/o, Loft skirt (old, similar here), Steve Madden heels, Coach bag c/o (sold out, like this)
Over the weekend I whipped out this oldie-but-goodie rust skirt for an autumn inspired outfit. The longer length and classy pleat make it ideal for workwear or everyday style. Paired with a blush embroidered collar it looks both feminine and timeless. Also, I got this sweater right when my baby bump started showing and I was too nervous to stretch it out. So I only wore it once but have been itching to pull it out of the closet again. And when it comes to reworking this rust skirt for a totally different vibe, I’m thinking of styling it with a vintage tee and slip-on sneakers.
KUT from the Kloth top (sold out, similar here), Old Navy jeans, Target loafers, Ann Taylor bag (like this)
The peasant style trend is not one I usually gravitate toward. While I love the way it looks on others, I’m skeptical of whether or not I can pull off a flowy, earthy vibe. But lately its feminine detailing and comfortable fabrics have been super appealing. So I did a bit of shopping + scouting out in order to pull together the best bohemian tops of this season. A full lookbook is below.
Today’s outfit post blends my typical, personal style with this more adventurous peasant trend. I complemented an embroidered top with laidback denim and patterned loafers (under $25!!). Balancing these pieces let me try out a new look without going completely out of my element.
J.O.A. sweater (sold out, similar here), AYR jeans c/o, Club Monaco mules c/o, Who What Wear x Target bag
There has been a serious chill to the air these past few weeks. And half of me loves to leave summer mugginess behind but the other half dreads also leaving pool days behind. So today’s look works perfectly for that in-between. Wearing a short sleeve sweater with skinny jeans and slip-on mules offers an easy balance. There’s more weight to the materials without feeling suffocated in layers. I love the mesh detailing on this top that lends a subtle sexiness but also functionality in that it’s breezy.
p.s. as I mention in the caption above, this top is sold out but the one I linked to is super similar and on sale for $14!
Remember last week when I took a strong stance against jumping the gun on fall? Well, here I am, already giving up on my own resolution. Because as soon as we had one sixty degree day, my mind started working on all the transitional basics for a wardrobe that can ease into cooler weather. And I immediately threw together this casual combination that balances lighter fabrics with full-length denim and chunkier shoes. Bell sleeves in breezy cotton are a simple way to embrace the changing climate without adding bulk to a look. Similarly, before boots become the new normal, I like to throw on some sturdier shoes in the interim that still nod toward summer but aren’t as dainty as flip-flops or slides. It’s more about choosing textures and garment lengths than it is about increasing the number of layers I have to wear. So, for now, here’s to dressing the in-between. Did somebody say #WinterIsComing?
Getting back to the point where I can wear outfits not purely for comfort is refreshing. My mom and I recently went on a little shopping excursion where I added some key pieces I’d been waiting to buy post-pregnancy. This one shoulder ruffle top is equal parts feminine + playful. The stripes are all New England prepster, yet a dramatic hemline takes it to new levels. And paired with my favorite summer jeans, this simple look becomes a staple. I’m also thinking at some point I can wear the blouse tucked into a pencil skirt for that more work-chic approach.