#HerStyleStory with Rae: How I Maintain Closet Contentment (And Purged 1k Items!)

Rae describes her boho style as whimsical, pattern-rich and comfortable.

Introducing the second installment in a new blogseries here at Budget Bohemian: #HerStyleStory!

 

I (Monica Watson) am interviewing Portlandian instagrammer, bohemian dresser & off-duty yoga instructor Rae of Nothing Needs to Be Done about how she thrifts, treats closet curation as self-care and how her style has evolved over the years as she got to know herself more. Rae and I met on Instagram and became fast friends: she’s a sweet soul, inspirational always, and if you need a good book recommendation, she’s your woman.

 

Do you wanna be featured? Tag your pictures on Instagram with #HerStyleStory. I’ll be looking for you boho babes and your amazing closet stories! Post away! 🙂

 

Here at Budget Bohemian we believe your clothes MATTER. Our philosophy is that the best fashion statement is ethical and sustainable style and that your style should be a form of self-care & self-expression. Our online program, Build Your Boho Capsule Wardrobe, guides you through the steps of creating your very own bohemian capsule with ethical and thrifted fashion (and 10% of the proceeds go to human trafficking relief!)

 

Rae’s story is all about self-awareness, knowing yourself and shopping consciously for great overall closet contentment. She shares how once she had an unhealthy relationship to shopping but now knows exactly what and how to shop!

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(1) Let’s get to know you, so we understand your style + closet, Rae! What’s your obsession/unique hobby?

I am quite obsessed with living well.

A hobby that goes along with that is herbalism. I love all the amazing nutrients and energies that are contained within plants. Mixing new tea blends and creating tinctures is a creative hobby that also helps me relax. It also feels kind of like creating magic potions so I very much love that aspect.

(2) What does your normal day look like and how does your wardrobe serve you in your daily life?

I wake up and write in my gratitude journal before touching any technology or consuming
any media. I usually practice yoga mid-morning. If I practice at home I throw on a favorite pair of leggings and sweater. If I go to a studio I pick out my workout clothes the night before (helps me get there on time).

 

I love getting dressed with a curated wardrobe because everything suits my style for any mood I might be in. Every item is my one of my favorite pieces of clothing so I feel confident every day.

 

After yoga I get ready for the day by putting on a outfit I love. I work from home but I still like to get ready because it makes me feel more motivated. Sometimes I’m comfy in leggings and other times I might wear a bold dress – it all depends on what I’m feeling. I love getting dressed with a curated wardrobe because everything suits my style for any mood I might be in. Every item is my one of my favorite pieces of clothing so I feel confident every day.

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(3) Change is a natural and healthy part of life, and our closets reflect the growth that we go through in our lives. Why has your style evolved through the past 5-10 years?

I fell in love with style and fashion from a young age but I didn’t always have a healthy
 relationship to shopping. In high school I was a compulsive shopper and that habit lasted through college.

Every day I felt like I was creating a new me through my outfit. I loved all sartorial pieces that were outrageous, bold, and especially anything that would make people look twice. Those years were a time of experimentation both in my wardrobe and my personal life. I have lived many different lives through my outfits, but I never quite found myself  until I gave up my unhealthy habit and refined my wardrobe.
Over the past three years I have sold or donated over 1,000 items of clothing. Doing a massive purge made me realize what doesn’t work for my life and now I am incredibly picky when it comes to adding new pieces into my wardrobe.

By identifying the styles, colors, and fabrics that make me feel the best, I have also learned about the kind of person I am and the lifestyle choices that make me my happiest, most authentic self.

Over the past three years I have sold or donated over 1,000 items of clothing. Doing a massive purge made me realize what doesn’t work for my life and now I am incredibly picky when it comes to adding new pieces into my wardrobe.

(4) How do you try to shop ethically? What got you interested in ethical and sustainable style?

The first step is shopping less. Less consumption is better for me and better for the Earth. I
shop second hand for most things, especially jeans (they are so much better and cheaper
than firsthand jeans)!

I also support local small businesses, artists, and sustainable fashion brands. If I do purchase something from a traditional retail company, I buy high quality items that won’t need to be replaced for a long time.

I first became interested in ethical and sustainable style after I watched a Vice documentary about the fashion industry in Cambodia. It really affected me and I knew I couldn’t continue supporting fast-fashion. It takes time to learn appropriate alternatives and while I can always be better, I feel so much happier knowing I am not giving my support to unethical industries.

 

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(5) Can you share your favorite ethical/sustainable brand with our tribe?!

Can I share a few? 🙂

For ethical brands I love Matt and Nat, they create incredibly high quality vegan leather bags and shoes. They use recycled plastic water bottles for their lining and continue to innovate new ways to remain eco-friendly.

For athletic wear, Teeki instantly comes to mind. They use plastic water bottles to create their athletic wear and everything is manufactured in the United States.

(6) What’s your favorite ethical/thrifted piece that you own?

I have an amazing pair of hand embroidered, super baggy boyfriend pants. I call them my happy pants because it is impossible not to smile while wearing them.

(7) Do you have a capsule wardrobe? If so, how did you create it to suit YOUR personality and YOUR lifestyle?

I don’t have a capsule wardrobe, rather I have a very refined wardrobe. I habitually go
through my closet and donate pieces that no longer suit my needs. (Need help with your Closet CleanOut? Go here!)

Ultimately, to have a successful capsule wardrobe or refined wardrobe, I believe you need to self-examine and honestly decide what items you use and love. What is the point in having amazing shoes you never touch?

Because I continue to examine my wardrobe, I know which items could truly improve my wardrobe. It is easier to avoid distraction by the latest trends when I already know what I’m looking for. Although I didn’t initially plan to, I stick to a color palette which helps create a cohesive feel and allows me to easily mix and match items.

Ultimately, to have a successful capsule wardrobe or refined wardrobe, I believe you need to self-examine and honestly decide what items you use and love. What is the point in having amazing shoes you never touch?

  

(8) What’s your number one thrift tip for us?

Be patient and buy only what you love.

Thank you SO MUCH Rae for sharing your style and soul with us! If you wanna follow Rae, check out her lovely Instagram feed @raeissunshine, Twitter @raeissunshine, read her gorgeous blog (and enjoy the photography!) Nothing Needs to Be Done, and follow her blog FB page!

And if you, like Rae, would like to purge your closet get your starting tips her, in my blogpost Why Is Closet CleanOut So Hard?!

xoxo

Monica

 

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