I did it! I actually followed through with this 10×10 challenge and man do I feel good that I did! 10 outfits in 10 days using only 10 pieces of clothing. It was an eye-opening experience, one that made me even more aware of my consumption; of how much I have and how much of that I truly need. That’s not to say that it was easy. There were a few days when I was completely bored and down right over this series. So many feelings were felt on those days, like what’s the point? What am I doing? Is this important? Is anyone even interested? Like most things, the novelty wore off, especially during the middle days, but something reignited my passion for hosting this Winter Capsule Wardrobe series and now here I sit, a bit sad that it’s over. So for the last time, for this season at least, let’s discuss outfit number 10:
Baggy is Swaggy 2.0; every piece of clothing I am wearing is airy and light and I love it. I had a minor issue when deciding which shoes to wear with this outfit; it was between Vans and these brown boots, both of which I feel don’t suit this outfit. I went for the boots over the Vans because I feel the street style aesthetic of the Vans didn’t suit the elegance of the coat. I would have preferred to wear my heeled black boots or even my mules with this outfit but of course didn’t have those options available.
ITEM #10 | THE BOOTS
Seeing as though I’ve worn these boots with most of my Winter Capsule Wardrobe outfits, I thought them deserving of paragraph exclusively dedicated to them. I bought these boots three years ago, after months of endless searching for the perfect ankle boots. I spotted them at Cape Union Mart and I think I saved for three months before buying them. This was before I knew the dark details about fast fashion and I don’t think I even considered where they came from. I’m ashamed to admit it, but up until recently, I didn’t even know that they were made in India, which worries me because I know to a certain extent the unethical and polluting manufacturing processes of the leather industry in India. I can’t change the past, but I can control my actions in the present and future. I have always taken care of my belongings and don’t treat my clothing as disposable objects. I can’t promise that I’ll never buy another thing from a fast-fashion retailer or brand that I’m not familiar with, but I do know that #lovedclotheslast and no matter what I buy, I will ensure that my clothing purchases last for as long as possible. And that is one of the most important principles of sustainable fashion; the consumer plays the most vital role in ensuring the longevity of a garment and is just as much responsible for their role in it’s life cycle as the manufacturer is.
Aside from their origin, these boots are very well made and I am happy that I have them. I wear them all the time, especially on cooler days and in rainy weather. They are made from leather which I still believe to be superior in quality to their ‘pleather’ counterparts. However, I am very excited about the future of leather derived from vegetables!
On Monday I will be doing a recap of this Winter Capsule Wardrobe series, including my favourite looks and clothing items, things that I would have done differently, and all round post-thoughts and lessons learned. Hope you’ll join me. Have an excellent weekend everyone!0