Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Zero Waste Home 3: Fashion! Versatile Dressing
A long time ago, I created a look on POLYVORE using a simple black dress. Black with brown is one of my *favorite* color combinations. I've always heard they shouldn't be mixed, but I respectfully disagree (for the record, blue and black also go together in my book... and closet).
Anyway, I spotted this dress at TARGET and my dreams became a realization. After nearly a month of owning it, I've worn it about 10 times.
I'm not kidding.
The fact is, it's just stinking versatile. No matter what we're doing that day, this dress is the answer! And for someone who likes to live in dresses during the summer, that is very good news.
It totally fits into our Zero Waste Home theme because the author of the book, Bea Johnson, talks a lot about pairing down a closet to only the essentials. If you read her book, you'll see how little her closet is composed of. I didn't think it was possible to be stylish and satisfied on such a little clothing allowance until I started following her INSTAGRAM. Um. She's amazing. She always looks adorable and finds really creative ways to re-wear things (links at the bottom).
I didn't go crazy and make this dress really much more than a dress- I'll leave that to the professional (for today), but instead showed you four different looks from the same dress. AND- I didn't use any accessory other than a belt. If you start adding in jewelry, scarves, jackets- you can really dress this baby up or down.
In the spirit of Zero Waste, consider how many times you will wear something before buying it. An expensive item becomes much more affordable when you use it over and over again. Conversely, a "half off" impulse sale buy is pretty expensive if you only wear it once... or never. Go through your closet- are there certain things you wear over and over while other items hang there taking up valuable space? Sell them. Seriously. Between eBay and online clothing sale sites (like POSHMARK), you can get back some of that money as well as your coveted closet space. Consider new ways to wear something so that you get more use out of it and before buying something, ask yourself if you really do need it. So much of this really does echo our BUDGET series.
If you need some inspiration, check out Bea's post on 50 WAYS TO WEAR A MEN'S SHIRT. You will be legitimately shocked- and if you don't have the urge to go to a thrift shop and get a men's shirt, tell me!
All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!