Cultivating A Capsule Wardrobe: Part 1
Welcome to the first post of my ‘Cultivating A Capsule Wardrobe’ series!
If you’re interested in low-impact living it’s likely you’ve stumbled across the concept of a capsule wardrobe before now but, for the sake of those who may be new to the term, I am taking this first post to simply explain briefly what a capsule wardrobe consists of and how it can nicely compliment the values of sustainable living.
A capsule wardrobe is a personal clothing collection made up of a limited number of interchangeable items that can be mixed and matched. It’s purpose is to maximise the number of outfits that can be created without the need to own an excessive amount of clothing - the idea being that you have an outfit for every occasion but your wardrobe is free from pieces that you can’t / don’t wear on a regular basis. We’re all guilty of having items in our wardrobe that have barely (or never) been worn - maybe items we’re saving for a rainy day / the day we can fit into it again. These items have no place in a capsule wardrobe. The rules are clear - there is no space for dead wood.
Everyone’s interpretation of a capsule wardrobe is a little different but most people have a core set of basic items that remain all year round interspersed with key seasonal items that come and go as the weather changes (heavy knits or summer dresses, for example). Beyond this baseline definition, a capsule wardrobe can be whatever you want it to be. There are no hard-and-fast rules about the number of items / outfits and there are certainly no limitations on style!
Below you can see a few examples of capsule wardrobes working effectively:
BELOW: @littlerivermama rocks a pair of Madewell trousers with three different outfits.
BELOW: @notbuyingnew shows how a simple shirt can be worn in many different combinations.
BELOW: @capsuleclosetblog shows us how some wide legs trousers can be a versatile addition to a capsule wardrobe.
As you can see, when one core item is being used and re-used within a capsule wardrobe the possibilities are endless!
I’m going to leave things here for now, but keep your eyes peeled as I will soon be sharing my top tips on how to tackle cultivating a capsule wardrobe of your own...