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The capsule wardrobe is one of the best ideas that every conscious minimalist adopts. It is surely a creative way to have several models of clothes using only a few pieces. It also shows you the amazing "power of synthesis". Read more and find out 10 cool tips to build your compact closet.
The capsule wardrobe is assembled with good quality items and pieces that can fit any season.
How the idea of the capsule wardrobe came about
The British Susie Faux, owner of a famous London boutique in the 1970s, realized that women were spending too much energy and time choosing their outfits for work. To minimize this daily impasse, she created the concept of the capsule closet: a few clothes and various combinations.
Designer Donna Karan popularized the term in the 1980s, launching a collection of "workwear capsules" that became famous in the fashion world.
According to a McKinsey study, for every five new fashionable garments produced per year, three of them go into the garbage. Another study pointed out that 90% of clothes are discarded even before they are worn. Having a capsule wardrobe is not only good for you, but it is also good for the planet. After all, with timeless pieces, you discourage the fashion industry's unnecessary overproduction and decrease the amount of waste produced.
In fact, it turns out to be another opportunity to support the Fairtrade International principles.
Wondering how to assemble a capsule wardrobe?
If you are wondering how to assemble a capsule wardrobe, so get to know how to figure out the number of clothes you don't wear and the ones you will spare. It’s time for some minimalist thoughts. You’ll select timeless pieces such as clothes, shoes, bags, and other accessories that can match each other and produce new styles and looks.
3 advantages of the capsule wardrobe to fit your taste:
- Versatility: the ability to suit your mood of the day. Just look in the closet and create the perfect match, because each item can become the ideal accompaniment with other pieces. The combinations will always be unprecedented.
- Simplicity: Nothing compares to dressing well without being too complicated. Avoiding the stress of choosing the outfit of the day is priceless. The function of this minimalist closet is just that, and you become your own stylist. Simple as that.
- Longevity: While your style and behaviors may change over time, your ability to create will never change. The items in your capsule wardrobe’s collection are timeless pieces. The key is to know how to rework your concepts using the same pieces from your small and efficient wardrobe.
Make your look always modern!
The capsule wardrobe is a kind of magic box where matches and styles are never the same. You will use your imagination to be tuned with what is going on out there. Minimalism here is connected to modern creations for any season. If conventional fashion trends come and go, in the capsule wardrobe they stay and follow your tastes according to your own trends. Go for it!
10 tips for building your capsule closet
Most of the items in your capsule wardrobe work for different styles, i.e. it caters to feminine, non-binary, children's, and men's.
1 - Cleaning out the old closet
First of all, empty your closet. Remove all the items in it, such as jewelry, make-up, cold-weather coats, new clothes, old clothes, etc. Place the junk on the bed. Check out each item. Split what you wear regularly and even that one piece you still like and had forgotten about. That's it. Next step.
2 - Different styles
Now, make a selection of clothes and pieces according to the various moments in your daily life: formal ceremonies, religious services, parties, sports, work, beach, etc. Mentally observe the various matches of clothes and accessories for each event. This methodology will help you realize what your favorite styles are, such as your favorite colors and clothes that make you feel comfortable.
3 - On-trend fashion
It's okay to follow fashion trends, but don't be dependent on them, because they are mutable and your capsule wardrobe is eternal. Selecting colors such as white, black, gray, navy blue, and beige, neutral options that go together, will be your smart touch in assembling your closet. Other colors can be dismissed. There is no point in keeping them. Let go. Minimalism is the watchword of the moment. Clothes lying around in the closet retain negative energy.
4 -The ideal number of pieces
The perfect number of pieces that will remain in a capsule wardrobe will, of course, depend on your lifestyle. If you enjoy staying out, you'll need to keep a larger quantity of clothes, increasing the match options. In many countries, the ideal amount is around 37 pieces, but this rule is not rigid. You can have up to 40 pieces if you wish because what matters is meeting your routines throughout the year. Your feelings are the best call after all. Local weather may dictate what kind of clothing your capsule wardrobe may have.
5 - Neutral T-Shirts
Neutral T-shirts (black, white, gray, etc.) are basic and go well with any other piece of clothing. Create your own styles by making several personal designs and imagining the matches that suit you best.
6 - Jeans
These are the pants that everyone knows and that can't be missing from your capsule wardrobe, because they fit any gender or age. As everyone knows, jeans go with any shirt, because they go well with any season or event.
7 - Black dress, pants, or shirt
Black is the ultimate color that matches any other color and is never out of style. Whether it's a black dress, pants, or shirt, it will do for any occasion (even the saddest ones that nobody likes). But, please note: to last a long time, they need to be made with sustainable fabrics, such as sustainable and organic cotton, hemp, and comfy.
8 - Shoes, sneakers, backpacks, and bags
These items are unique, so, instead of having many of them, choose the one with good quality and keep them. In terms of shoes, for example, some guys have more shoes than days in a month to wear them. Those who live on the beach wear few shoes. They’d rather go for sandals only. On the other hand, if you live in a city it’s a good call to have at most two pairs of shoes in a neutral color. The same towards backpacks or bags. Buy long-duration sneakers and have them for a long time.
9 - Jackets or kimonos
The use of jackets or kimonos is also variable and depends a lot on the most frequent weather in the city you live in. Jeans jackets, on the other hand, are never out of fashion. Colorful kimonos, by the way, will go with pretty well on every style of clothing from your capsule wardrobe.
10 - Accessories are always welcome
Most accessories are indispensable pieces in the composition of anyone's look. They help express your personality, like cords, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and other pieces never go out of style and are used on any occasion. Select the pieces you most feel well and improve your best look.
Coats and other pieces for the winter
It is always a good idea to have a coat that can be worn over any style of clothing and no matter the climate. That is, no matter how cold where you live or how hot, coats are welcome (even along with shorts). Keep a boot for use during chilly or cold weather. Good call as well.
What to do with the leftovers?
Once you have assembled your capsule wardrobe the time has come to distribute what has been left of your old wardrobe. Remember to dispose of them at thrift stores, garage sales, and charities. Don't forget the friend who might suddenly like the garment you are discarding. The idea is not to leave anything that can end up in landfills.
What if something else is missing from your capsule wardrobe?
If you need to buy something new to add to your just-assembled “new minimalist closet”, the first step is to avoid fast-fashion production outfits. Before checking out the stores of your choice, opt for the aforementioned thrift stores. Who knows, you might be able to exchange the clothes you are discarding for ones you like. That's a good call indeed.
Done. This is your finest hour. Time to start making good choices and smart use of your capsule wardrobe. An economy that you shall never regret. A good choice for your emotions, and of course, good for environmental sustainability. No more negative impacts!