Most of us can relate to having a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear. Lately I have been reading a lot of minimalist blogs and articles about the concept of capsule wardrobes.
My husband and I also watched the documentary “The True Cost” on Netflix. It is a very interesting film about the fashion industry and what it has become over the last couple of decades, and explains what happens to all the excess clothing that is donated from the U.S. The documentary interviews many workers in other countries about the conditions they work in to make a lot of the clothing that we as Americans wear. The interviews are heartbreaking to watch and really make you think about these foreign workers making as little as $2 per day, often in unsafe conditions.
I am certainly not saying to get rid of all the clothes in your closet that are made in Bangladesh and other countries who treat their workers poorly. And as another blogger said we should not be discouraged about donating our clothes to Goodwill and other places.
-The most important change we can all make it to buy less.
-Buy quality, not quantity.
-Be aware of brands and companies and do your research to support companies who are treating workers fairly.
-Support small businesses and artisans.
If you would like to learn more here are a few of my favorite blogs and articles related to simplifying your wardrobe:
Unfancy (Capsule Wardrobes, Check out her free wardrobe planner)
Simply Fiercely (Minimalism, Intentional Living)
The Classy Simple Life (Embracing Simplicity)