My capsule wardrobe, which is a collection of a few essential clothes that don’t go out of style, was created by stylist Sheon Wilson, who is on the RGG team. (We clean out the master closets. She creates outfits with what is left.)
Here’s my capsule wardrobe: It’s so compact that all four seasons fit on one rod.
I am doing the Instagram project because Americans have way too many clothes, and I want to prove you do not need hundreds of shirts to look good every day. I am so confident in my capsule wardrobe that I vowed not to buy new clothes for a year.
Well, a few weeks ago, I posted a magazine photo for #shopinyourcloset that had a woman wearing a beautiful stack of bracelets. In my photo, I wore my stack of Sassie Rocks bracelets. (Those bracelets are three of seven that I own. I sold most of my costume jewelry at Fifi’s in Cameron Village. #minimalism)
Here is the inspiration photo:
Here is the photo I posted next to it with my Sassie Rocks:
When Sassie Grissom, owner and creator of Sassie Rocks, saw my post, she contacted me because she loved it. (FYI: I am not paid by any of the brands I wear. I truly love every piece in my closet.)
Sassie asked me to do more photo shoots with her bracelets. In other words, I am now her model. (My words, not hers.) This a huge win for us 5-feet tall ladies with curves, who are never asked by fashion houses to model their clothes, because we don’t look like this:
I have accepted her offer, and one of my new photos is on Instagram today! (Follow me!)
Now, you may say, “Leah, you preach to us every Tuesday not to buy more stuff because Americans are drowning in stuff.”
And I would say, “Yes! That means you are listening!”
And you are correct. I am a minimalist. But I believe if you are going to buy something, buy quality. I want you to spend money on an item, so you only buy one, and you only buy it once. Most of us can’t come out of Nordstrom with 200 new outfits. (When I hear, “I bought one in every color,” it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard.)
If you have to save up to buy quality items, then save up. But I guarantee if you stop shopping at big box stores, you will find the money to buy quality. When you buy cheap stuff, you have to buy it over and over. If you spend the money to buy something good, it lasts forever.
It’s even better if you can buy quality from a local business, like Sassie Rocks. And buying from a woman-owned business gets you even more points!
So be on the lookout for my Sassie Rocks modeling sessions. I just know Diane von Furstenburg is calling me next.