Here We Go, Again


I've done this before. I stand staring at a pile of every piece of clothing I own, tossed on the bed in frustration, for what feels like the fourth time in six months. How does this keep happening? 

I find myself making a mental list of every item of clothing I've ever purchased that I liked but didn't love- that was good enough for right then but that would inevitably fall to the bottom of the pile by next season. So many misfires. 

I've been thinking about this for a long time now, trying to come up with a plan, or some sort of solution. I spend most of my down time reading slow fashion blogs and browsing sustainable online stores.

About 2 years ago, I started thinking about the fast fashion industry. I read about the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, when more than 1,000 garment workers were killed and many more were injured. So, I decided that I was going to stop purchasing clothing from companies who remain silent about who made them. My solution? Secondhand. I love thrifting, but I still had a problem. I never really took the time to think about my style as a whole. I bought individual items that I liked (rarely loved) because I liked them on their own, never really thinking about how they would come together as an outfit, or even how they felt on my body. My closet got out of hand- full of things I never wore because they were uncomfortable or because I couldn't make them work with my other clothes.

And then. Then, I heard about minimalism. A hot topic right now, and I got just as swept up in it as everyone else on instagram and beyond. I loved the aesthetic, the simplicity... it felt like a breath of fresh air. I purged pretty much everything in my closet. The problem, though, was that I didn't take the next steps to really build a wardrobe that works for me. Instead, I got rid of everything, and was left with a feeling of panic that I really didn't have anything to wear. And I don't mean whining into a full closet that I didn't have anything to wear, I mean I really didn't. So- I'd go thrifting again. And because I was desperately trying to find anything I could wear, I wasn't picky. The cycle started again. Again, and again, and again... Misfire after misfire. 

So here I am, exhausted from doing the same thing over and over again. Trying to make a plan. Forcing myself to slow down and do this right. Not being too hard on myself. Rules don't work so well for me, so I'm setting a few goals for myself.

Next up for me: Jo's Closet Contentment Mission. The goals:

  • Love every single piece of clothing I own
  • Only purchase second hand, or from brands that focus on sustainable and ethical practices
  • Build a super functional, hard working capsule wardrobe for every day use

So here I go! Are you going through something similar? Let me know, I'd love to hear from you.