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.
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.
It’s important to dress appropriately for whatever gathering you’re attending, and also feel comfortable enough to have a piece of pie when it’s all over. Interestingly enough it is pretty easy to dress well and pleasantly for Thanksgiving. With the right amount of give and smart styling, you’ll be the hit of the dinner party in no time!
Tensions have been high in the US ever since the 2016 election. Our country is more divided than ever, yet, at the same time, more motivated than ever. No matter what your specific values are or where you live, being an active voter is incredibly important to our democracy. It may seem hopeless at times, to move systems to change, but your voice does matter! The midterm elections are being held on November 6th and could potentially change the tides of our current establishment. Are you registered to vote? Do you know who’s running in your district? Are you aware of where your nearest polling place is? An act which should be so simple has become complicated today and can seem incredibly overwhelming, however, there’s reason to rejoice. Websites like Vote.org and Vote Save America make it easy for you to complete your civic duty this Fall! Visit these sites and get answers before the elections, so you can wear your “I Voted” sticker with pride.