four brands I love.

Since hopping on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon (winter capsule coming soon!), I have started paying more attention to what clothing companies I support with my dollars. Here are four brands I discovered last year that I love and highly recommend: 11906337_852396371526216_270299125_n

1) Everlane

What they do best: modern basics

Why I love them: Everlane is known for their unique radical transparency. They have found the best factories in the world, and have personal relationships with the people creating their products. They are completely honest about their pricing structure and will tell you exactly how much it costs to make their products.

Products I have purchased and love: Ryan Tank, Linen Tank, Ryan Pocket Tee, Silk Tank, The Ponte Short Sleeve Dress

Products on my wishlist: Silk sleep set

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2) Nisolo (<---get a $25 coupon)

What they do best: shoes, jewelry, bags

Why I love them: Every shoe is made by hand and is seen as a work of art. Their products are created with quality materials made to last. Their styles are simple, effortless, timeless, and made to live in.

Products I have purchased and loveEcuador Huarache Sandal

Products on my wishlist: all of the jewelry, Austin Smoke

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3) Seamly.co (<----get a $10 coupon)

What they do best: versatile, effortless clothing

Why I love them: Seamly products are created with surplus fabric, and sewn right here in the USA. They produce clothing responsibly, with thought and soul and care. A lot of the products can be worn different ways, which works very well for a capsule wardrobe because you get multiple looks from one garment.

Products I have purchased and love: The Convertible Pantsuit

Products on my wishlist: No Sweat Pants

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4) Brass Clothing

What they do best: dresses

Why I love them: Brass offers designer-quality dresses at the right price. Their styles are flattering, well-made, and neutral in color so you can easily style and accessorize them to your taste. Brass is all about great fit, and they'll even pay the tab at your local tailor if you need to get a dress hemmed.

Products I have and loveThe Navy A-Line (SO FLATTERING, and it has pockets!)

Products on my wishlist: the tank maxi, the shirt dress

I'll be back next week with my winter capsule! Have you discovered any new great brands recently?

the capsule wardrobe: five benefits.

At the risk of sounding dramatic, the capsule wardrobe is changing my life. I know, I know. That was dramatic. Sorry.

I am 1.5 months in to my nursing-friendly spring wardrobe, and here is everything you could possibly want to know about it:

1. Getting dressed is a breeze. I don't even think about it. I grab an outfit based on the weather and outing and it takes 10 seconds. I don't wonder if the clothes fit right, I don't stare at my closet for ten minutes before making a decision, I just grab and go. THINK OF HOW MUCH TIME I COULD SAVE OVER A DECADE OF THIS! I could write my first novel with that kind of extra time. I have never been aware of how much time I waste every single day trying to decide what to wear. I have two kids now---ain't nobody got time for that.

2. The less I have, the less I want. This has been the biggest (and most positive!) change for me with the capsule wardrobe. I haven't had a desire to shop, or a desire to buy new clothes. I feel overwhelmingly content. I'm not online shopping, or pinning clothes I don't need, or wandering the aisles of Target lusting over things. I have more than enough. If anything, I'm suddenly hyper-aware of how much pressure lies all around me to buy buy buy and have have have. Consumerism is alive and well in our culture and I am just so dang tired of being bombarded with messages about stuff stuff stuff. Let's wear what makes us feel good. Let's simplify the process. Let's be grateful for what we have and chill out on the cycle of more more more.

3. I have a better idea of what I like to wear and what looks good on me. Even within such a small number of clothing, I find myself gravitating towards the same few looks and items. I love my high rise skinny jeans and my slouchy tees. The more I pick and choose within limited options, the more I develop and embrace my personal style for this specific season: the one that involves chasing a toddler all day and nursing a baby around the clock. I love to get dressed up once or twice a week but the rest of the time, I'm down on the floor with my kids and I'm dressed like it. And it feels good to just.....own that.

4. I can see what my wardrobe is missing. A few times I have thought to myself, "It would be really nice if I had ________ (a denim sleeveless blouse, a few more form-fitting layering pieces). I'm thinking about clothes more intentionally and more specifically. I'm not shopping "just because" or buying aimlessly. I'm starting to think about my summer capsule wardrobe and can pinpoint specific items I'd love to have the next time around. It feels good (and financially responsible!) to curate a short list based on what my closet is lacking, instead of just adding to the masses. I'm finding it's a lot easier to assess your wardrobe as a whole when you can look at everything you own in one organized closet.

which brings me to....

5. I love having a clean closet. Let's be real. I have two kids, and my house is a mess 98% of the time. All day long I am cleaning up messes and dishes and attempting to put laundry away before Everett jumps on stacks of neatly folded t-shirts. Our house is a public space, it belongs to all of us. We all contribute to the mess in some way. But my half of the closet? That is a private space, and it only belongs to me. I can keep it clean 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And I do. Because it's easy. Because there are hardly any clothes in there now!

Notes for next time.... 

It's really important to LOVE every item in your capsule wardrobe. I've learned that I don't really love 1/3 of my current capsule (oops). If I stare at the same top ten days in a row and think, "I don't want to wear that," it probably doesn't belong in my closet.

It's also really important to take the weather into consideration. I made my capsule wardrobe during an unseasonably hot week, and I mistakenly assumed the rest of spring would be 85 degrees. I did not account for much variation. We've had a few random cold days and I've been....well....cold. Oops.

Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? How'd it go?