I’ve spent a lot of time talking about my capsule wardrobe as a way to impact my life: my mornings, my decision fatigue, my changing postpartum body. But one benefit I haven’t touched on at all is the opportunity to make an environmental impact through a more edited closet.
The fashion industry—especially the fast fashion industry—is responsible for a tremendous amount of waste, from waste water to wasted textiles. The true cost of that $10 tank or $19 dress is much higher than the sale price when you consider long term effects to the environment and our health.
Replace one conventional cotton tee with an organic cotton tee, and you save 115 gallons of water. That’s the same amount of water as letting the average shower run for nearly an hour.-via prAna
By reducing the amount of clothing I wear, I’m (ideally) purchasing less, and thereby contributing less to the waste. I’m also trying to be more selective about purchasing eco-conscious, ethically made clothing.
I’ll be honest. It’s not always easy.
After a few false starts, I finally succeeded at a capsule wardrobe this summer, about half of which was eco-friendly (the two prAna dresses I included are pulling all the weight on that front). Now that the weather has changed, I’m revising that capsule to accommodate fall temps.
I find myself gravitating toward clothes that go the distance: that are versatile enough to transition from running after my kids to … uh, whatever I do in my spare time, and above all, comfortable. Finding versatile clothes that feel good, look good, and are kind to our planet is harder than you might think.
Luckily, there’s always prAna. It’s my go-to for sustainable fashion that I actually want to wear, for a few reasons:
- They make my favorite dress on the planet. I’ll be wearing this one until it’s threadbare. 😀
- Their clothing is surprisingly adaptable to shape shifting bodies. Throughout both of my pregnancies, prAna clothes were the best at working with my body at various sizes and making me still feel confident. Without some key prAna items, I would have felt the urge to buy more clothes than I did, both during pregnancy and for when I started exercising again postpartum.
- They’re committed to a number of sustainability initiatives, including Fair Trade Certification, Bluesign certification, organic cotton, and recycled wool, and clearly label products that meet those criteria, so you can shop ethically. (Look for the Leaf icon on their site):
Their latest fall collection, the Cardiff Fleece collection, is the stuff fall dreams are made of. These are the softest, coziest, sustainable sweats you can imagine.
These are sweats you can wear in public, for errands, running around town, brunch, etc. They’re a dream come true.
I haven’t gotten the capsule quite figured out yet, but these sweats are endlessly re-mixable with less-casual items from my wardrobe, so I can wear sweats every day and still feel like I got dressed that morning.
A few notes on fit
The fit on the Cozy Up Collection is slightly large. I’m wearing my usual size medium, but if I were at my pre-pregnancy weight I’d probably want to size down to a small.
That said, sleeve and pant length are ideal (I am 6′ with absurdly long arms, and occasionally prAna sleeves are just slightly too short for me), but the pants are a cute cropped length, and the zip-up jacket sleeves are purrrfect.
The Cozy Up line also comes in plus sizes, so every body should be able to relax into these dreamy sweats.
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prAna is a partner of Fit Approach. All opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting our partners, and making earth-friendly choices when you buy.