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One of the most important contributions of sustainable fashion is the opportunity for you to invest in fewer, better-quality pieces that last longer and transcend trends. The result is a minimalist wardrobe that feels good every time you look into your uncluttered closet. 

In our second workshop, sustainable fashion stylist and blogger, Jess Carpenter showed us how to assemble a sustainable capsule collection to transition from Summer into Fall. Shop Jess' Nau picks from the workshop HERE. 

@jesswithless, Sustainable Fashion Stylist + Blogger and Vicki Vasil, Nau Brand Marketing Director. 

Reasons to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Creating More Space and Time. Dressing with less you’ll have a little more time and space to figure it out. Sometimes to figure out what matters you have to get rid of everything that doesn’t.

Reduce Decision Fatigue. Instead of trying on several outfits getting ready in the morning in hopes of finding the perfect thing to wear, curating a capsule wardrobe helps keep things simple. Then there are no daily decisions required. 

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Pull out all of your clothes, accessories, jewelry, and shoes—all of it. And then try everything on. Seeing what you have, how it fits and makes you feel is an important step in building a capsule wardrobe. Look at what you’ve acquired, what you’ve spent, and what you never wear.

Move the clothes in piles on the floor with a ruthless first pass sort. Don’t give it too much thought, go with your first reaction. Sort items into the following piles:

  • Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
  • Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. 
  • Recycle: These items don’t fit my body or my life. Or these items are in poor condition. (upcycle if possible)

Make a list of your items by category. Start with the items you already use every day, and your go-to clothing items. 

Once you’ve taken care of the donate and trash piles, and picked your capsule wardrobe items, you do not have to give up the maybe items remaining. Instead, box them up and hide them for a while. A little separation goes a long way.

After 3 months, revisit the items you chose to box up. Either add them to a future capsule or if you feel differently about them, let them go.

Missed the workshop? Catch all of Jess' recommendations in the video below. We were live streaming on Facebook during the event and posted the live video to our YouTube page as well.

    If you'd like to attend or learn more about our last workshop in this series, please scroll below. 

    —Must RSVP to Attend—

    Workshop 3 – New Beginnings: Upcycling Project 

    Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
    Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
    Location: Nau Portland Store 
    304 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

    RSVP HERE

    So you do your best to wear your pieces as long as they will last before recycling them. But what if you took it a step further and upcycled it into something “new” again? In this session, The Renewal Workshop will walk you through an upcycling project that turns an old garment into something new. Don’t have one that’s ready for the upcycle? No problem, we’ve got some for you to work with, and we’ll also supply you with all the materials you’ll need to complete your project.

     

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    Recap of our 2nd workshop in the Nau Summer Workshop Series: Sustainability Beyond the Shopping Bag. Workshop 2—Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with @jesswithless. One of the most important contributions of sustainable fashion is the opportunity for you to invest in fewer, better-quality pieces that last longer and transcend trends. The result is a minimalist wardrobe that feels good every time you look into your uncluttered closet. Click on the link in our profile for the event recap + a live stream video. Join us for our last workshop on Wednesday, August 21st from 7 - 9 pm — New Beginnings: Upcycling Project with @renewalworkshop. ✂️ #SustainableFashion #LiveNau #therenewalworkshop #upcycling

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