A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing, accessories, and shoes that encourage you to wear your favorite things every day! Unless you’re lucky enough to live in one of those god awful places with perfect weather year round 👎🏾 you’ll typically curate four wardrobes – one for each season – each with around 30 pieces. It’s not about the trendiest things or the most stylish things, it’s your favorite things – the clothes you love and feel confident in.
As we covered in the last post, not only is capsule collection much more sustainable, but it will also help you save time getting ready everyday. The average woman spends one year deciding what to wear and I know the ladies are not alone mmkkay? 💅🏾 What would you do with an extra year?
My hope is that this will inspire us all to be more thoughtful, intentional and ethical when it comes to the purchasing decisions we make in the future.
Have you taken the quiz yet?
So, here are the rules:
- Choose a color scheme. Find one or two base colors that go with everything like black, white, brown, grey, or navy. Items such as pants, handbags or coats can be bought in shades of these colors, so that they can be put with anything else in the wardrobe. After choosing the base colors, choose one or two accent colors for items such as tops, dresses, or accessories. Once a color scheme is established, all the items in a wardrobe should be interchangeable, and complement each other.
- Consider your body shape. If the clothing is flattering, you’ll be more likely to want to keep it and wear it often. You want clothes that make you feel confident every time you wear them.
- Choose classic shapes and patterns. While some cuts and patterns of clothing go in and out of fashion, others are considered ‘classic’ because they do not get old. It is wise to choose classic pieces for a capsule wardrobe, so that you can keep them for years to come.
- Choose high-quality fabrics. As the idea of a capsule wardrobe is to own a few items of clothing that can be worn different ways, individual pieces get lots of wear. Therefore, it is a good idea to choose clothing that is well made and continues to look good despite wear.
- No Polyester. Polyester, nylon, acrylic, and other synthetic fibers — all of which are forms of plastic — are now about 60 percent of the material that makes up our clothes worldwide. Just washing your clothes alone can pollute the ocean. It’s especially important that you avoid these fabrics when you buy new clothes.
- Avoid Fast Fashion. By all means, if you have a blazer that fits you perfectly from H&M hanging in your closet or a little black dress from Forever 21 that fits you like a glove go ahead and include it in your capsule wardrobe. Keep it and wear it for as long as you can, then recycle it. BUT- if you are considering acquiring new items for your capsule wardrobe please avoid these places the the plague. I know it hurts! But the world and your closet will be better off in the long run.
- Keep the statement storytelling pieces. I’m talking about your grandmother’s black beret, the vintage jacket you found at a flea market in Berlin, or the handmade dress made ethically in Kenya. Keep those statement pieces that have a really great story behind them.
My objective: curate pieces for a “back to work” winter capsule wardrobe.
Feel free to switch it up based on your preferences and the categories that lead to your best self expression.
- A good winter coat.
- invest in a good winter coat – material and quality make a difference – especially when it comes to keeping you warm. I have a lot of coats 😅 most have been gifted to me by my mom and grandma.
2. winter boots/booties
3. sturdy + stylish scarf
- aim for no more than 5
- pick neutral, can-go-with-anything styles, you can pick a couple statements piece sweaters as well
- fact: it takes 1800 gallons of water to produce one pair of jeans which is the amount of water an individual drinks in 5-6 years. that being said – you! don’t! need! 20! pairs! of! jeans!