As a #MomsMeet ambassador, I received prAna clothing for review. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been a bit scarce lately, but it’s not because I haven’t been busy. We’ve been doing a major overhaul in our home, with new flooring, new moulding, new paint colors in every room, and new furniture. Talk about overwhelming. Little by little we’re getting closer to our goal, but I’m already starting to feel a sense of peace and calm simply due to all the decluttering we’ve done. Toys. Magazines. Kid projects. Stuff.
And clothing. Oh, the clothing. I may as well have had pants and sweaters and dresses tied around my neck with as much as they were suffocating me. So I held my breath, filled the bags, and said goodbye. I honestly can’t even tell you exactly what I got rid of, but I was ruthless. If it wasn’t a favorite, it went.
The result: I love my wardrobe so much more now that it’s less.
I know I’ve written about prAna before, but over the past few weeks, I’ve fallen in love all over again. So much so, in fact, that I ordered one new pair of prAna pants this spring and purged at least a dozen other random pairs that simply didn’t measure up. I’ve been wearing my prAna Annexi pant constantly, so I ordered one in another color. When something is that much of a staple, you grab them when you can.
I know it looks sporty here, but pair it with a heel or strappy sandal and a light sweater and watch it transform into totally casual officewear.
What kind of person can pull off a capsule wardrobe?
So, all that digging through my closet and donating got me thinking about an idea I had last year and just didn’t think I could ever pull off: The capsule wardrobe. By definition, I think a true capsule wardrobe should have 30 pieces or fewer, but the actual math has gotten a bit fuzzy since the idea has picked up speed among the trendy minimalism crowd. I find the concept intriguing – and no doubt freeing – but how on Earth do people do it? As a busy mom with a job that requires some days at home, others in a corporate environment, and still others running to clients’ offices, could I really pare down to so few items? What about soccer practice? Spin class? Race training? Yoga pants and messy bun day?
Nah. No way. Or so I thought. Then I started thinking about my Annexi pants and how often I found myself wearing them. And how many items I have that they pair with, like the Liana sweater that comes in a super neutral, goes-with-anything white or gray.
Then, prAna sent me a pair of classic, straight-leg, drawstring waist Mantra pants in Cargo Green and my mind was set. Another winner! OF COURSE I could pare down to a capsule wardrobe, at least season by season. And prAna was the key to doing it!
It helps that most of the prAna clothing I have is made with sustainably grown hemp. It’s breathable, lightweight and durable (so important with capsule-type wear), but it also makes the clothes so much more wearable. Reach-for-able, if that’s a thing. When something is so soft and comfortable and cut to make you feel your best, you tend to reach for it every time it’s clean. At least that’s how I roll. And isn’t that the objective of the pieces in a capsule wardrobe? Those top notch, killer pieces that just make you feel like a million bucks every time? That’s the Annexi, Mantra and Liana for me. And since they have such a wide range of styles, I know you could find your own perfect signature pieces, too.
(Hello, beautiful Invision sweater…) #prAnaBucketList
I’m not a mountain climber, but I feel like it sometimes.
I follow prAna on all my social media channels, so I see their ambassadors in action all the time. They’re athletes, artists, world travelers, explorers and yes, mountain climbers. In so many ways, I’m not like them at all. I’d like to be, but WOW. They’re kind of a mindblowing bunch. I’m just a mom in a tiny rural town, just trying to keep deadlines in check, chickens fed and floors swept up. But I’m also a creator, a mentor, and a conscientious shopper. And, just like those on the team at prAna, I need pants.
When it comes right down to it, we’re all more the same than we are different, aren’t we? We all want to look and feel great every day, and so many of us want to know that our shopping dollars are not only being spent on clothing that we’ll wear over and over again, but also spent in a way that will support responsible, sustainable sourcing, processes and partnerships.
prAna is all of those things. Sure, I got hooked on prAna through some samples I received, but when it comes time to purchase, my own dollars are spent there, too.
This season’s line from prAna is just dreamy – natural, lightweight materials, flowy boho styles, and flattering fitted choices, all designed to inspire healthy, active and free-spirited living. I’ll keep you updated on my capsule wardrobe progress, and if you’re doing it, too, please leave me a comment with all your brilliant minimalist tips.