How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe


How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe | Sustainable fashion is taking over the world. Between companies changing the way they produce products, an increase in resale/thrifting, and the popularity of the capsule wardrobe, things are not as they’ve been. Creating a capsule wardrobe is an easy and effective way to start living a more sustainable, intentional life.

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A capsule wardrobe is, simply, a stripped down closet. It contains just the essentials. No more digging through piles to find an outfit, you own exactly what you need to look killer everyday — and nothing more. 

Create a capsule wardrobe, and you’re saving yourself time, money, and space in your life back. 80% of the time, we only wear 20% of the clothes we own. A capsule wardrobe gives you your style life back. The best part is that it’s entirely customized to you. Your fashion, your vibes, and your looks entirely. If easy, ethical, and stunning style sounds good to you, you’re in the right place.

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Get Inspiration

Head to Pinterest or and get some style inspiration. Not only will this help you look at the pieces you have in a new way, but it may help you identify anything you need.

In order to effectively eliminate waste, you’ll likely need to replace some things. The bread and butter of a capsule wardrobe is high quality basics, and you’re going to want some fun pieces too! If I may be so bold, classic over trendy is probably your best bet. Don’t make your purchases based on what’s popular right now, but on styles you’re still going to love in 3 months.

If you’re looking for where to start, Pinterest and are both great sources of style inspiration to help you get creative in turning basic pieces into really great outfits.

Create a capsule wardrobe

Edit That Baby

If you’ve never seen/heard of The Home Edit, first of all, what are you doing, and secondly, the “Edit” language may seem strange.

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Editing your closet, in short, means that if you don’t use it or love it, toss it. Some things might hold great sentimental value, and that’s totally fair! But that sweater you bought because it was on sale and never picked up again? It’s time to let it go. It’s hard to let go of cute pieces, but you just don’t need as much as you think you do. In all likelihood, there’s things in your closet you’ve never worn more than once or twice — do yourself a favour, and give yourself the space in your mind and home back. 

Build Your Capsule Wardrobe 

A lot of people like to start their capsule wardrobes with a set number of items, like choosing to only own/wear 33 items in a season. You can break this down however you want, depending on your needs & lifestyle! Courtney Carver has an article here about how she chooses items for her capsule wardrobe.

Be creative

Think outside the box! Look for pieces you can dress up or down, wear different ways, and enjoy for a long time.

Shop sustainably

Your capsule wardrobe will change with the seasons, with life, and as your style changes, and that’s okay! The important principle here is that you’re not just adding more and more to your collection, but actually being intentional with the way you shop, and what you own. Rather than expanding your wardrobe, try giving yourself the swap rule. If you find something you want to add, donate another piece in its place. This way, you don’t end up where you started, overwhelmed and overburdened. 

Pay attention to where you shop. We don’t like to admit it, but most of the stores we buy from have less than ethical practices in how they make their product. For a list of ethical online clothing stores, click here!

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