Closet Update Ethical Fashion Thrifting

My February Closet // A Mini Review

February 23, 2019

I feel I’ve talked a big game about an ethical capsule wardrobe so far on my blog and so in the spirit of transparency I wanted to share with you all exactly what my wardrobe looks like right now. I’ve only been adding ethical pieces (predominantly by way of thrifting) since September 2018 after almost a year of no shopping and countless purges of my closet. I think I’m finally getting some headway on my personal style but I still have a ways to go. I left out my dresser: my underwear / bras / socks / gym wear and loungewear, which for now is still all fast fashion, but I look forward to slowly replacing it with ethical alternatives.


Necklace: @livefashionable
Top: Thrifted (Liz Clairborne)
Skirt: Thrifted (Ann Taylor)
Shoes: Liz Clairborne

I’m going to share about current items, how many of them I actually like and the breakdown of ethical vs fast fashion items I currently have.

Current Items:

60 – Clothing
Tops: 20
Dresses: 12
Romper: 1
Button Up: 5
Skirts: 3
Slacks: 2
Jeans: 5
Shorts: 2
Sweaters / Cardigans: 7
Jackets: 1
Formal Wear: 2

15 – Shoes
Sandals: 2
Sneakers: 2
Boots: 2
Heels/Wedges: 3
Dance Shoes: 1
Flats: 2
Boots: 2
Moccasins: 1

In my last post I shared that the average American woman has 103 items in her closet, so I have about half of that (which doesn’t mean anything particularly, just interesting to note!)

Items I Currently Like:

I also shared in my last post about how I organize my closet with my capsule wardrobe in the front, so I counted up the clothes in my closet that I love, love love, and as of now, I love 30 items, which is 50% of my wardrobe (this is not including shoes, I think I’ll focus on those in a different blog). I’m actually pretty proud of 50%!

Finding My Style by Stephanie

I’ve never counted my items before this because I haven’t wanted to stress myself out over being the perfect minimalist. I’d heard of Project333 and I really liked that idea, but 33 items seems intimidating when you’re me and you can’t visualize exactly how many items of clothing that is. I’m just about there now though, with some room to spare so perhaps I’ll revisit that as a fun experiment or personal exercise!

Breakdown of Ethical vs Fast Fashion I Own:

26 / 60 – Fast Fashion
34 / 60 – Ethical
6 – Ethical Brands (Elegantees, KOTN, Loyale, Aritzia, Amour Vert)
8 – Goodwill
7 – ThredUp
10 – Poshmark
3 – Gifted

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I still have a little ways to go with my wardrobe, but I really do love my clothes now more than I ever have before. I’m actually proud to present myself to people now (instead of just putting things on and just completely disassociating from them for the past two years). I’d love to remove everything from my closet that I’m not completely in love with and add a few more interchangeable items, but I’m really pleased at how far my closet has come in the last 6 months. It’s about the process, not being perfect!

Have you ever tried to count or take inventory of your wardrobe?
What are your wardrobe goals?



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    How Much Have I Actually Spent on Thrifting? – SECONDHAND STEPH
    July 2, 2019 at 6:15 am

    […] I have to confess it’s a little bit more than I would have thought but it breaks down to about $75 per month and I’m actually pretty proud of that! Doing the #Sustainapril challenge was a really big help, and I think I’ll do another month where I don’t shop even secondhand to help focus myself more. I’d like to do a more recent count/report of my capsule since things have changed since I evaluated it back in February. […]

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