The Coronavirus is turning the world upside down, forcing millions of us into quarantine. It's a scary time, and as we look for ways to comfort ourselves, whether consciously or unconsciously, we might find ourselves living in our pajamas. If you're not leaving the house, fashion might seem superfluous, and getting dressed might not seem worth it. But what if what you wear has a powerful effect on how you feel? Living in your sweats for a week might not be a big deal, but what if we're stuck inside much longer than that? We asked fashion therapist Stephanie Gisondi-Little of ComposedCo to share her perspective.
Capsule wardrobes have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. A capsule wardrobe is a way of curating your closet to contain a set amount of items which can be mixed and matched multiple ways. While the word ‘capsule’ in the fashion world previously referred to ‘capsule collections,’ the slow fashion movement has taken it to the streets! While designer capsule collections are often created to try and convince consumers that they need to buy everything in their line, capsule wardrobes celebrate the reuse and re-styling of items we already have. Sustainable fashion Blogger Lee Vosburgh, of StyleBee, made the “10x10 challenge” popular in 2015. This challenge consists of narrowing down your wardrobe to 10 items and rocking them together for 10 days. The difference between the 10x10 challenge and the “Glam Capsule” challenge is that the latter is all jazzed up. Author and ethical fashion advocate Elizabeth Cline created this social media challenge this year with the aim of proving that conscious fashion can be for everyone. It’s easy to focus on basics when embarking on the 10x10 challenge, which is a wonderful way to learn about layering! However, the #glamcapsulechallenge pushes people to go out of their comfort zone and into the spotlight. Both of these challenges are tests of creativity and can help hone person style. Sustainable fashion doesn’t have to look one way. It can mold to your personal style and become your own. While capsule challenges, and ethical fashion at large, are depicted on mostly one type of person (thin, white, well-off, minimalist) they are for everyone.
Maggie Pa is a social media expert, sustainable fashion enthusiast, and walking encyclopedia. As a volunteer for Beyond the Label she has helped to share the news about healthier fashion options and exciting textile innovations. Maggie graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a degree in social science and has been finding ways to marry that with fashion ever since. She has been a great supporter of Swap Society from the beginning and we’re so happy to have her out there, rockin’ swapped styles.
We’ve talked about mending, we’ve discussed our IMPERFECT category, and we’ve continued to mention harmful textile waste, now it’s time to get creative! If you have an item with some holes, unsightly stains, and that just doesn’t fit right anymore, you can still save it. “Waste isn’t waste until we waste it,” Will.i.am has said. We wholeheartedly agree! We’re bringing you 7 bloggers who are experts at turning “trash” into treasure.
For this edition of “Swappers We Love” we’re featuring eco stylist and sustainable fashion blogger Sonia Kessler. We have to warn you that we’re a little biased because Sonia is a close collaborator of ours, but we think you’ll see that she lives up to the hype! Sonia is a French girl living in Los Angeles. Her style reflects her eclectic story and is showcased greatly on her Instagram @nativestyling. After gathering attention for her personal style, Sonia dove headfirst into helping others find their true selves through clothes through her business Native Styling. From sustainable shopping tours to personal shopping with ethical production in mind, Sonia does it all in a completely accessible way. Enjoy learning more about her story below!