Ever since I began the Six Items Challenge, I've been thinking about capsule wardrobes, or what I like to call my "forever wardrobe". The term capsule wardrobe was coined in the 1970s by Susie Faux, owner of London boutique, "Wardrobe". The idea has been explored in the fashion industry, most notably by Donna Karan. In 1985, Karan released her "7 Easy Pieces" collection of interchangeable styles aimed at working women. But being that the goal is to reduce consumption, you can imagine why most brands would not be enamored with this concept.
I put together this collage as I thought about my own capsule wardrobe. Most of the items are from this Pinterest board, many of them long gone from their respective stores, but that's not really the point. These pieces are inspirational and I would search for similar, but ethical alternatives (with the exception of the handbag from Angela Roi). As I get older, I'm drawn to pieces that are well-made, comfortable, and flattering over trendy. This perspective helps keep me off the fashion treadmill and open to ethical pieces that tend to be less flashy, but better cut and quality (and more expensive than fast fashion).
As difficult a time I had choosing six items for six weeks, it would be even more difficult to choose forever pieces. Of course, some things will wear out, but I wonder what types of pieces stand the test of time and trend? What colors, materials, fits, and styles have longevity?
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