The term ‘capsule wardrobe’ was coined in the 1970s, to describe a different approach to fashion and shopping. The capsule wardrobe is unique to each individual, however the common thread is that the amount of clothing it consists of is minimal, it stands the test of changing trends and is seasonally versatile.
The key is using items of clothing that you always reach for, to create different outfits that you love and cutting out the other stuff you never wear (but can somehow never seem to get rid of). Most of us could probably narrow down all the items of clothing we regularly use in our day-to-day to about 30 or 40 pieces (yes, shoes included)! The capsule wardrobe challenges us to get creative with the items of clothing that we have by incorporating them into different looks, and it makes us shop more consciously as the number of things we want to own is limited.
This minimalistic approach to fashion is beneficial for a few reasons:
- sustainability – owning less clothing means waste reduction in the long run.
- the things we own, we love – Marie Kondo asked, ‘does this spark joy? If not – get rid of it!’ and so should we.
- save money – owning less means spending less on cheap clothing that ultimately won’t stand the test of time and end up being a waste of money.
- invest in better quality pieces – the money you do spend can now go towards better quality pieces you genuinely love, and will last a long time.
How does it work?
When putting together a capsule wardrobe, you get to set your own rules and limitations. By recognising what you wear most and feel best in, you pick only a few items in each category – some statement pieces and some basics – from which you can then create different looks.
- Vetta – they use sustainable fabrics and even help you with putting together your capsule wardrobe.
- Sustainably Chic – Natalie Kay offers her tips on how she went about building her own capsule wardrobe and shares some ethical brands that stock sustainable clothing.
- bestdressed – YouTuber Ashley at bestdressed, shares her experience with her very own curated capsule wardrobe.
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