Lucy’s Fall Capsule Wardrobe

With kids, minimizing possessions seems impossible sometimes. (And maybe a little crazy!) But since paring down my closet to only things I love and wear often, I have found my morning routine (and laundry) go so much smoother. A more streamlined morning routine with a little one sounds like a dream, so I figured why not simplify Lucy’s clothing as well? Yes, it was hard- there are so many cute things for little girls to buy! But I’m hoping that having a limited number of things for Lucy will keep us from shopping and instead spend that time playing together. Also, by planning out her wardrobe, it gave me the ability to be more selective so more items go together seamlessly (this is important for when her daddy and Opa dress her, ha!) and I also was able to save money by shopping at the thrift store with the main goal of being sustainable (a win-win!)

For second hand items, I love Swap.com because I can search for my favorite brands online at any time of day! Also, there’s always free shipping or other coupons available online.  If you shop through my referral link here, you will get 20% off and I will get a $20 shop credit! Thank you for supporting the blog! Also, I like to purchase through the Poshmark app (or website) because it supports other individuals- and if you’re buying kids clothes there, it usually is supporting other mommas!  Use code NXTPF for $5 off your first order at Poshmark.  Brick and mortar resale stores near our home that I like for Lucy are Kidz Again and Kids to Kids. Both are very clean and organized nicely! I also like to sell to these stores so I can essentially just trade her clothing for larger sizes.

** I am not giving you these discount codes in hopes that you will go buy many things to clutter your life- but I do want to help save you money if possible!  I also feel very strongly about buying second hand, so I’m happy to share these sites and stores with you.**



To plan Lucy’s wardrobe, I first picked a color palette of neutrals (cream, black, white) army green, and pops of pink (blush and bright pink). From there, I listed out types of clothing she needed: bottoms, tops, dresses, and jackets/coats/sweaters. More tops are necessary than bottoms, and I love Lucy in dresses so I focused my attention on those two areas. I’m so happy with all the great pieces I found (some were gifts, some things are on loan from friends, but most are thrifted).

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I have also been working on my Fall capsule wardrobe so stay tuned for that, but little girl clothing is way more fun to show off so Lucy’s was top priority!

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A Slow Fashion Dress Guide

What even is slow fashion?
On the contrary, fast fashion is the multi trillion dollar industry that feeds our materialistic and discontented feeling of always needing something new.  This industry supports mistreated workers, toxic chemical use, and fuels our desires to buy and consume more, more, more.  Slow fashion is a movement of considering the ethics behind clothing purchases while consuming less.  Have you ever considered the person who made your clothes?  Me either, until earlier this year.  And ever since, I have been horrified by how quick I was to spend $5 on a tee at H&M and think it was all good.
If we only consider the price of a garment, we are ignoring the many other negative implications.
Yes, it will cost more to buy sustainable garments.  But think of it this way- you are supporting a family business, a village, or an independent maker who loves their job of making custom garments, not a corporation or a sweat shop.  And it doesn’t have to cost crazy amounts more- I have been amazed at how many items I’ve been able to find at “normal” prices (think, an Anthro dress for $150).  The concept is almost biblical to me know- I’ve realized by me considering each item I purchase, how it’s affecting others and what my money is funding, I would like to think that maybe, just maybe, I’m doing a little good in the world.
So, as I am slowly (ha!) searching for items that I will be incorporating into my fall/winter capsule, I have a few stipulations I’ve been considering:
  • Will the item last more than one, two, even three seasons?  
  • Are my dollars supporting fair trade operations?  
  • Will it go with multiple items I already own?  
  • Can this item take me from 80 degree days in September to frigid January temps?  
Being that my main purchase this year will be a few key dresses that will take me to work, play, and dressing up, I thought I’d share some of my favorite sustainable, yet affordable options!  A few brands made it on the list twice- they are just that good!  And I have to give a shout out to Taylor Stitched- I had a question regarding length of a dress and within one business day they had responded! They were extremely helpful and the whole experience left me feeling like a valued customer.

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1. Taylor Stitch Emma Dress 2. Osei Duro Aburi Dress 3. Kowtow Road Trip Dress

4. Everlane Cotton Pocket Shirt Dress 5. Osei Duro Toss Kimono 6. Pyne and Smith Indigo Striped Button Up Dress 

7. Taylor Stitch Juniper Dress 8. Armour Vert Marissa Dress 9. People Tree Kaya Frill Dress 

What do you think of this slow fashion movement?  I’d love to hear.

 

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Trend I’m Loving: Cactus Print

Along with the dawning of summer, bright and fun prints comes with it.  This year, the print of the season is cactus!  I love the fun takes on the prickly plant, from cartoon-esque drawings, to sequins, to photo prints.  The colors that go along side the cactus prints are some of my favorites: washes of green with pinks, preferrable a blush tone. cactus shoes // cactus shirtdress 

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