WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE & WHY MAKE ONE?
Once you have a capsule wardrobe, GETTING DRESSED BECOMES SO EASY.
The capsule is for one specific season: AW/ SS
Not so long ago, the fashion world was buzzing about the concept of a capsule wardrobe—the kind of compact closet that only held a bare minimum of pieces that all perfectly matched each other with great ease and much time saved in the morning. Perhaps because the economic downturn was ramping up at the same time that a furious decade of fast-fashion shopping was taking its toll on the capacity of our closets, the capsule wardrobe appeared to be the solution to everyone’s fashion woes.
“Keep a playful, open attitude, and treat it like a game. You’ll encounter a few frustrations along the way, but a capsule isn’t about suffering. It’s about trying something new and learning more about yourself.”
step 1: reduce.
When was the last time you went through your clothes and cleaned out what was in your closet?
If it’s been more than a year, then this is your first order of business. Don’t even try to capsule just yet. Take one or two hours to pull out the things that you know for sure you aren’t going to wear and get them out of your closet.
You want to find your own style and you want to minimalise it with only contend garments that you really love and that you can wear every single day of the year, the quality over the quantity, these item that are timeless are the best to look up first, even if we buy or get rid of some of the clothes.
Of course, if you buy better quality clothes, they are likely to last longer (and you’re also more likely to treat them better because they were more expensive) but this goes for everything hanging in your wardrobe. Look after them properly and you will have to replace things less often. From caring for your cashmere to washing your denim inside out, go the extra mile to ensure your clothes stay at their best for longer.
It’s all about planning. Buying better quality, more sustainable pieces is likely to cost you more money than buying a cheap high-street product that doesn’t tick the right boxes. However, it’s all about changing your mindset. Yes it costs more, but you’re likely to have it longer and will be buying less per season overall. Buying 10-30 high-quality items a year, rather than 60 cheaper, less eco-friendly pieces will dramatically reduce your carbon footprint. Basically, save up, invest and buy less.
- Don’t get rid of them just yet if that makes you nervous – but at the very least, bring them to a different room. Building a capsule is a lot easier when you’re already working with a reduced amount of clothing.
step 2: establish your base wardrobe.
This is just what you need for the categories of use in your life BEYOND day-to-day dressing.
Emphasised the need to buy quality.
It have to be somewhere around 50- 70-120 pieces, but I actually don’t keep a numerical count anymore as being a fashion stylist and surrounded all the time around clothes. Instead, I go with what feels right. That’s actually one of the biggest changes I’ve made to my capsule.
step 3: be sustainable.
“The biggest message is every time you buy something, always think, ‘Will I wear it a minimum of 30 times?’ If the answer is yes, then buy it. But you’d be surprised how many times you say no.”
Try to veer away from buying that statement piece you know you are only going to wear for one occasion, and instead invest in something with more longevity that you can wear again and again. Pick more versatile pieces that can be styled in different ways, rather than that one item you know is going to fall out of fashion in no time.
One of the most difficult things about trying to be more sustainable is knowing where to start – and more importantly, where to shop. I always suggest doing a bit of research and asking questions if you’re uncertain.
Social media is such an easy way to speak quickly and directly to brands. When making such a special purchase, you want to make sure you are buying from a brand that aligns with your values.
step 4: size it down
in 1930 the woman had on average 36 pieces of garments in their closets in nowadays is about 120, so the principle is forget about quantity and embrace the quality.
“Vintage clothing has a huge role to play in making fashion more sustainable and reducing a global footprint that includes the 132m metric tonnes of coal used yearly through the production of new fibres, dyeing and bleaching of garments and the 6-9 trillion litres of water used by the industry.”
Only buy items that you know are going to work for you all-year-round.
step 5: colour, fabric, silhouette
The three pillars are as follows,
- Color Coordination
- Pattern Coordination
- Sorts out the items that you wear every single day and put them on the side
- Items that you really do like to wear just not in this season.
- Items that you haven’t been wearing at least in a year. One-out policy – live by the mantra that every time you buy something, you’ll donate something else in your wardrobe.
Change your perspective
“I don’t think that ‘eco’ should be a word that immediately conjures up images of oatmeal-coloured garments or garments that are oversized or lacking in any sort of luxury or beauty or detailing or desirability,” Stella McCartney writes on her website. “I don’t think that things have to look ugly because they’re organic; why can’t they be beautiful as well? You can’t ask a consumer to compromise. I don’t think you can say, ‘Here is this jacket that looks terrible but it’s organic, and here is a really beautiful jacket that’s cheaper but don’t buy it because it’s not organic’.”