Loving Your Smaller Wardrobe Can Help the Environment

This article What Actually Happens to Your Donated Clothing, by Dr. Joseph Mercola, was truly eye opening.  So much so, I have a new respect for those who make, sell and purchase Sustainable fashions. And while I’ve never purchased clothing with the intent of wearing it once or twice and then throwing it away, I will be more cognizant of the purchases I make.

This article also gave me an invigorated appreciation for the Capsule wardrobe concept.  A Capsule wardrobe is a smaller wardrobe made up of versatile, mix-n-match pieces that you actually love to wear.  Take a moment and think about what’s in your closet right now.  How much of it do you actually wear?  When you shop, do you have a plan and a list of what you need? Or do you shop aimlessly and then find you are left with a bunch of separates that don’t work with each other? If so, it’s time to make getting dressed less stressful.

Here’s an example of a very basic Capsule wardrobe.  Why not go into your closet and see if you can create something similar.  Remember, you want the majority of pieces to work together for wardrobe maximization!


  • 6 shirts
  • 5 bottoms
  • 2 dresses
  • 2 jackets/blazers or cardigans or your favorite layering piece
  • 2-3 subtle statement necklaces or earrings or bracelets
  • 2 silky scarves (for work)
  • 2 casual scarves
  • 6 pairs shoes (including booties or boots) – athletic/work/casual/dressy

Now that you have a good base, challenge yourself to create new, mix-n-match outfits – with what you already own – for the next 5 days.  That is what I call pre-planning! This act alone could take tons of stress out of your life, especially if you’re a wait until the last minute to get dressed kind of person.

After your wardrobe inventory, if you need to purchase a few items to complete your basic capsule, you’ll be doing so as a more informed consumer.  Thanks Dr. Mercola!  And I’d love to hear about or see the incredible outfits you create. You can reach me at wendy@thewrightfit.net.

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