Guest Post By Kati Moore of Uniform Handmade
When I think of the word “capsule”, my mind always goes to those bizarre time capsules we were all burying in our yards in 1999. Come on, you know you did it. But now, “capsule” has a much different meaning. A curated wardrobe collection of anywhere from 30-40 pieces. All neutral, all interchangeable, all high quality, all timeless. Its said to save money, encourage more conscious consumerism, and reduce decision fatigue. One less thing. And I can provide personal testimonial that it does just that.
I sort of accidentally stumbled upon having a capsule wardrobe by having children. I had so few items that actually fit me, flattered me in my closet, that i found myself reaching for the same core items daily. Always neutrals (mostly black and grey, my husband calls me his little dark rain cloud). Things that I knew worked, held their shape when I had a baby on my hip, and that I could throw in the wash and not worry about ruining them. It wasn’t until I really found myself as a mama, a whole new woman really, that I took a good look at my clothes, and hated almost all of them save for the handful of pieces I had been wearing in heavy rotation for the past 4 years.
I am an active participant of social media. I draw a lot of inspiration from following people, learning about their choices, preferences, opinions and lives. I take what I want and leave the rest. So when I was ready to go shopping, i really had a clear vision of the style I wanted to achieve. I did however find my options incredibly limited, and that was frustrating. I just wanted Levi’s, t-shirts, nice leggings for my “mom uniform”. I couldn’t afford to build an entirely new wardrobe with the price point of most quality, ethical fashion. So I made a very detailed list, and slowly started accumulating one or two things per month, replacing nearly everything I owned and seriously reducing my clothing collection in general. Oh it felt good to place those orders every four weeks or so with companies I trusted and really wanted to support. And the payoff has been huge. I now LOVE nearly everything I own (I’ll be honest, I still have some letting go to do). I don’t have to think about it, I can pretty much just throw on whatever I feel like and I know it’ll be good. Game changer.
This experience also prompted me to do something crazy and thats start my own ethical, handmade women’s clothing line, at an affordable and attainable price point. I saw a hole in the market and I intend to fill it with impeccably made, natural fibre, wearable garments. Sewn by fellow mothers living in the Fraser Valley, and priced so that those residing here can afford them. “Uniform” is launching mid August, and I cant wait to share it with you. Anyone can have their own variation of a capsule wardrobe, its a process, but the end result is so worth it.
Kati Moore, Uniform Handmade