Wednesday was no ordinary hump day for me!  It started off with a great segment on Breakfast TV with the Savvy Do Gooder talking all about a “sustainable spring wardrobe.”

This is the shot you see us taking on the preview to the segment! #selfie
This is the shot you see us taking on the preview to the segment! #selfie

What exactly is a sustainable spring wardrobe?  Nadine explains it best on her blog post found here.   Basically, today’s mainstream fashion industry has some very bad implications – environmentally and for people all over the world.  Slaves are literally dying so that we can have cheap fast fashion with new pieces in stores every day.  Here is a powerful video about The True Cost of fast fashion.    I know you care.  How could you not?!   It is time to show you care by taking action to combat the fast fashion movement, namely:  donate the clothing you’re done with and shop secondhand and/or sustainable clothing stores like Lucid Lifestyle and Workhall Studio.  These are local Edmonton stores but if you’re not from around these parts, Google “sustainable clothing” and you will find something near you or on line.  And, there are thrift shops everywhere, from small local charity shops to international chains like Goodwill, Salvation Army and Value Village.  Maybe you aren’t ready to go full-monty-thrift (I made up that term, like it?), but one step in the right direction counts.  If you’re not convinced, watch the BTE segment and see Nadine’s perfect-condition “new” thrifted spring wardrobe that she scored for $57!

It would have cost her around $470 for her to get the same pieces regular retail!
It would have cost Nadine around $470 for her to get the same pieces regular retail!

If the sustainability and savings aren’t convincing enough, how about the trend factor!  Thrifting is a great way to try current trends like the chambray dress I wore on BTE – it is in perfect condition and was FOUR DOLLARS!

AND it has pockets!
AND it has pockets!
Smiling despite getting up at 5am because of my fab She Does Create necklace.
Smiling despite getting up at 5am because of my fab She Does Create necklace.
Scored these (formerly) Anthro-brand shoes for $6.30 from Value Village
Scored these (formerly) Anthro-brand shoes for $6.30 from Value Village
$1.50 spring scarf in the butterfly knot!

This dress is part of my Spring 10-Item Wardrobe, but before I explain that, let me share how I concluded my Wednesday – I went to The Local Good Green Drinks event on Green Fashion!  This great event brought together all kinds of people interested in green fashion AND there was a clothing swap!  So much fun!  Clothing swaps are another way to build a sustainable wardrobe even cheaper than thrifting!  I went to the event dressed as Hamburglar but no one seemed to notice…

$3.50 striped top and my $7 Lida Baday wool dress scored from Goodwill!
$3.50 striped top and my $7 Lida Baday wool dress scored from Goodwill!

If you’re not already connected with The Local Good, sign up for their email newsletters – there will be more events on green fashion and more clothing swaps coming soon!

NOW, allow me to introduce April’s fashion challenge: the 10-Item Wardrobe!  I was inspired by Nadine and by Jennifer L. Scott, author of The Daily Connoisseur and Madame Chic books.  Having a small wardrobe is another way to be more sustainable just by consuming less!  Jennifer explains her 10-item wardrobe here.  I wanted to add to the challenge by thrifting my ten pieces!  If you’ve been reading The Spirited Thrifter for a while, you know that you can find quality pieces though thrifting!    The 10-Item Wardrobe consists of 10 core pieces + extras (including tees, sweaters, cardigans and blazers).  Footwear, outerwear and accessories are not included in the 10 items THANK GOD.  I considered my options at length and finally settled on the following 10 core items:

1. Chambray dress $4, 2. Striped dress $5
1. Chambray dress $4, 2. Striped dress $5
10-Item Wardrobe
3. green skirt $4.90, 4. denim skirt $2.50, 5. striped skirt $3.50
6. Sage ankle crop pants new-with-tags $5, 7. J Brand denim B.T. (Before Thrifting)
6. Sage ankle crop pants new-with-tags $5, 7. J Brand denim B.T. (Before Thrifting)
8. floral blouse $2, 9. chambray $6, 10. polka dot Land's End $3.50
8. floral blouse $2, 9. chambray $6, 10. polka dot Land’s End $3.50

I followed Jennifer’s guidelines for extras to avoid the temptation of making everything else in my closet an extra!

3 short sleeve tees ($4.20, $6 and from my closet)
3 short sleeve tees ($4.20, $6 and from my closet)
3 long sleeve tees ($3.50, $5 and $2)
3 long sleeve tees ($3.50, $5 and $2)
2 cardis ($3.50 and $4.50)
2 cardis ($3.50 and $4.50)
3 sweaters ($4.90, $9.10 and I swapped in my only turtleneck for one of the sweaters - $4.20)
3 sweaters ($4.90, $9.10 and I swapped in my only turtleneck for one of the sweaters – $4.20) because…
Considering this was taken April 1st, I decided I needed a layering piece with a turtleneck!
Considering this was taken April 1st, I decided I needed a layering piece with a turtleneck!
And last but not least, 2 blazers ($7 each)
And last but not least, 2 blazers ($7 each)

If you’re keeping track, that is a total of 23 items

My entire April 10-Item Wardrobe
My entire April 10-Item Wardrobe!

The total cost of my 10 pieces (not including the JBrand) = $36.40

The total cost of my extras (not including the white tee) = $60.90

Total cost of my 10-Item Wardrobe = $97.30

That is amazing AND it includes brands like Theory, Chico’s, Kenneth Cole and J Crew to name a few!  Jennifer and Nadine wear their 10-item wardrobes for a season, but I am proposing a month (at least to start with)!  I am looking forward to mixing and matching, getting creative with my accessories and shoes!  Throughout April, I will share more on how to choose pieces for your 10-Item wardrobe, how to thrift for them and how to style them!  Despite the limited wardrobe, April will be an exciting month!

Nadine demonstrated the power of accessories to add variety to a small wardrobe! Actually, she was just pranking me for April Fool's Day!  Many is better than none, Nadine, many is better than none.
Nadine demonstrated the power of accessories to add variety to a small wardrobe!
Actually, she was just pranking me for April Fool’s Day! Many is better than none, Nadine, many is better than none.

Now, who’s with me?!!  The 10-Item Wardrobe challenge is your chance to take a step towards sustainable fashion!

10 Items plus extras will make for a sustainable, stylish April!
10 Items plus extras will make for a sustainable, stylish April!

 

3 Comments

  1. SuzanneDennis Reply

    ok—-you have inspired me…..i am going to do a 10 item sustainable wardrobe for work!  i have zillions, (yes – some i havent ever worn), of scrubs and usually wear the same few pieces….time to spring clean the closet, i’ll get some mixy matchy combos and GO FOR IT!
    you are amazing…..
    cheers
    su 🙂

  2. EmilyThomson1 Reply

    I love the idea of the sustainable 10 item wardrobe! I’m on my own 10(ish!) item journey at the moment but have steered clear of thrift shops as I have the tendency to buy too many items when I go in. I’m still working on changing my mindset but I’ll definitely take your post as inspiration for any items that I need for my summer wardrobe!

    Emily
    http://bonjouremily.blogspot.co.uk/

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