How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
Throughout the past few years, the concept of a capsule wardrobe has gained in popularity. Known for its functionality and ease of use, this kind of wardrobe is one that makes it easier for you to get dressed in the morning while also being more sustainable. Instead of spending hundreds in fast-fashion industries and companies on clothing that goes out of style, building a capsule wardrobe can help you save money, be more sustainable, and build a style that stays timelessly in fashion. Keep reading to find out how to create your own capsule wardrobe.
First Things First: What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe refers to a selection of items that you purchase so as to combine all pieces with one another in various sets and kits. More specifically, it differs from “traditional” wardrobes as each piece of clothing is meant to be something you truly enjoy wearing and which fits you perfectly in a variety of ways. From Caroline Rector from Unfancy writes:
“[A capsule wardrobe is] a practice of editing your wardrobe down to your favorite clothes (clothes that fit your lifestyle + body right now), remixing them regularly, and shopping less often and more intentionally.”
The goal of a capsule wardrobe is to keep shopping to a minimum, which can both save you money and reduce your consumption of textiles, which is an extremely polluting industry.
Build Your Capsule Wardrobe
First, note that there is no right or wrong way to build your capsule wardrobe. It is a wardrobe full of the things you like, so it should represent your style well. However, here are some tips on creating the right wardrobe for you:
1. Start by clearing out your wardrobe.
If you find items in your wardrobe that you cannot remember having worn, let them go.
This is a key point to remember for your wardrobe as the idea is to keep things concise and well-organised without much clutter and pieces of clothing everywhere. If you don’t wear it, toss it.
Although purchasing items that look nice at first, making sure that they are high-quality will help you spend less and waste less as they are likely to last much longer.
This helps you by providing you with more options when it comes to combining the styles you are going for. For example, have a pair of blue jeans that make your legs look fantastic, black pants to keep it classy, and shirts and sweaters that fit both of these. You get to wear each item more often as it fits the same colour scheme.
Sometimes, using a capsule wardrobe can be taunting as you may wonder whether you will still like your style. Looking at your wardrobe as a game of mix-and-max can help, while using accessories can bring an outfit from a casual look to one that catches one’s attention.
These tips should help you get started. Remember that keeping it sustainable is a key aspect of the wardrobe capsule. So, shop smart!