A capsule wardrobe means less stress in your life in general. So, you not have to stress over the clothing pieces not fitting you. There is also less maintenance and repairing as you have fewer clothes. You are more likely to choose clothing that is easy to take care of it’s easier to pack when you go traveling and move houses. Since you don’t have many clothes, you wear ever single piece you own so no clothing is going to waste people who choose to have a capsule wardrobe also often invest in quality pieces that long and avoid fast fashion which is a very wasteful industry.
One can save a lot of money. When you have a capsule wardrobe you do not have to go shopping often because your clothing pieces are interchangeable and versatile. This means you wear them multiple time, and you do not buy pieces that you will not end up wearing regularly.
Plan: Capsule Wardrobe.
Now that you understand what you love the most, you can start planning your capsule wardrobe. Decide on a number you ‘d like to experiment with for each kind of clothing item. These numbers will depend on the climate where your life, your lifestyle, and often you do laundry. You do not have to follow any rules, do what works best for you. Choose a color scheme with different neutral colors such as white, black, grey, navy, or cream. Theses colors work well together as well as with another color. Having most of your clothes in neutral colors will make them all interchangeable and easy to mix and match. You can then add a few accent colors that you love and that suit your skin tone. You will be able to wear them with all the other your clothes should be flattering to your body type. So, think about what kind of neckline you prefer. Are you more into skinny pants? High-waited or lowers jeans. Are you feeling better in cropped or oversized sweaters? Think about every style of clothes possible and pick the most flattering for you. I also recommend that you choose the fibers of your clothes wisely. For instance, I prefer natural fibers like linen and organic cotton because they are more sustainable and breathable.
Now that you will plan your capsule wardrobe let go of all the clothes you have that you don’t want to include in it. Declutter everything that you do not love, that does not fit properly, that isn’t in your color pallet or that isn’t your style. But please di it sustainably by selling and donating them, so the clothing does not end up in a landfill. With everything that’s left make sure they correspond to what you want in your capsule wardrobe and start building from there. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to start with what you already own and not declutter everything and start from scratch. Doing so wouldn’t be sustainable at all, and it would be expensive.
Keeping I mind your color scheme and favorite style, choose basic clothing staples that are versatile and work well together. A void trendy items as they will quickly go out of style. Some good basic clothing pieces you may consider having in your capsule wardrobe are neutral-colored t-shirts, a pair of black pants, one or two pairs of jeans, a cardigan for layering, and a black dress that can be easily dressed up or dressed down. I also recommend that you buy high quality pieces, preferably second-hand or from sustainable brands because as you will be wearing your clothes more often, they need to last longer.
If you fancy it, you could add one or two patterned clothing items. But make sure these patterns are timeless and that they won’t become out of style in a few months, Stripes are a great example of this
Once you have all the clothes you need, do not forget your coats, shoes, and accessories. There you go. Your capsule wardrobe should be complete now. If you live in a four-season climate, I recommend you keep in your wardrobe only the clothes that are in season, and store away the others in a box out- of sight-You should have 4 different capsule wardrobes a year, with some clothing items that you will keep and use all year-round.
The process of building a wardrobe isn’t always easy because you need to experiment with different things before you know what works best for you. As we are coming into spring, here is an example of spring capsule wardrobe built with sustainable clothes.
Soft spun crew neck in charcoal heather made from organic cotton.
. The evolve top in white made from modal can be style in different ways.
. The boxy crop in black/white stripes made from recycled poly/cotton.
. Lyndon Tank in palm crepe made from reclaimed rayon –cotton.
. The v neck tank in black made from organic cotton & Tencel comes with a built-in bra.
Building a capsule wardrobe will make your life so much easier. You will add and remove items as the seasons pass and your preferences shift, and that’s okay. But benefits will remain, and that’s the best part of it.
Written by Miraline Tongwa