How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe
Capsule wardrobes have been all the rage lately and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
And it’s no surprise either! With more awareness regarding sustainability in the fashion industry, people are becoming more conscious of their shopping habits and how to minimize their carbon footprint in an effort to save the planet.
As fast-fashion continues to grow, it not only is ruining what we call “fashion” but it is also increasingly polluting the world due to it’s growing production rates.
And while we can’t change the world by ourselves, what we can do is make a collective effort to adopt and consciously practice sustainability when it comes to buying clothes.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule is a collection of timeless pieces that don’t go out of style.
Typically, these would be the items you love to wear everyday and already have in your closet! The rest is what we call clutter and that is what we’ll be sorting through in the first step to creating your capsule wardrobe.
The goal is to build a collection of high quality, versatile, and timeless pieces that you can mix and match to create look after look after look!
Why should you consider creating a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe allows you to create a variety of different outfits with a small collection of clothing. This practice helps you gain confidence in how you dress and look because it forces you to explore and deepen your personal style and to also be creative and try out different looks using the same items in your collection.
Another reason why capsule wardrobes have gained so much popularity in recent years is because of how much easier they make it for you to choose what to wear in the mornings, relieving a great deal of stress from your morning routine!
And for those of you who are eco-conscious, a capsule wardrobe is a great way to practice sustainability as part of this practice is to invest in high quality, timeless pieces that last long, saving you loads of money in the long run.
Not to mention, you’ll be building a wardrobe full of pieces that you genuinely love to wear!
How to create a capsule wardrobe:
1.Cleanse your wardrobe
The first step to creating a capsule wardrobe is cleansing out your closet.
Similar to any other cleanse, you want to start by emptying out your entire closet. The best way to do this is simply placing all items from your wardrobe onto your bed or another large surface where they all fit.
Then, one by one, you want to go through every piece of clothing and consider the following questions:
- When was the last time you wore this item?
- Would you wear this item today or tomorrow?
- How do you feel when you’re wearing this item?
If you haven’t worn the item in a few months, or you don’t see yourself wearing it in the foreseeable future, or you don’t really feel empowered when you’re wearing this item, then you’re going to want to toss that piece away.
If you have some items that you’re unsure of, go ahead and place it in a designated corner of your closet. If you don’t find yourself reaching for that item in the next three months, move that item over to your toss pile.
What you have left will be the baseline for your capsule wardrobe!
2.Study everything that you kept!
Now that you have sorted through your wardrobe, pick your favorite pieces and analyze why you like them. This will help you understand what your personal style is.
Pay attention to what colors you love, what cut suits you the best, and what materials and fabrics you seem to prefer. This will act as your baseline when you go shopping and will help you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for when you do go shopping, saving you both time and money!
3.Plan out your capsule wardrobe
This is the part where you can have a little fun.
When planning out your capsule wardrobe, there are a few things you want to take into consideration, starting with the weather.
Ideally, you’re going to have a capsule wardrobe for every season! Unless you live in a place like California where all the seasons sort of melt into one, you’re going to have different pieces for each season. For instance, if you live in a place where you experience all four seasons, you’re clearly not going to wear lighter, breezier items in the colder months! So start by considering the season you’re in and what you’d naturally be wearing during this specific time of year.
Whatever is not suitable for this season, simply store away in the back of your closet or put away in a storage bin. You’ll dig those up later on when it’s their time to shine.
Another thing you want to take into consideration is your lifestyle! Someone who lives in the city and works a corporate job will have a different collection of pieces than someone who lives in a more rural part of town and lives a more “relaxed” lifestyle. Make sure you plan according to what you’ll be doing on your day to day.
You’ll also want to decide on a color scheme so that your clothing is easy to mix and match with! A good rule of thumb is to start with neutrals and add a few accent colors that match the overall aesthetic and can pair with anything to add a pop of color and make your look appear more polished.
4.Shop with intention
Now that you have your capsule wardrobe planned out, you can go ahead and make yourself a list of the items that are missing from your wardrobe- but don’t run to the stores just yet!
Try to make it work with what you have already, and when the time comes when you absolutely need an item to complete your look, go ahead and go shopping for that item. This technique will help you save your money and invest in pieces that you truly need and will in fact end up wearing.
Now that you have your capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure that you don’t replace all that clutter with more clutter. RAREFIT™ offers a great range of sustainable, timeless, and high quality basics to help you feel and look your best no matter how you decide to wear them! And with our pledge to make our clothing sustainable, you can shop with your mind at ease.If you want to learn more about RAREFIT™ or you’re interested in more fashion tips & tricks, check out our blog page. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to send us requests on blog topics you’d like to see at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to hear from you <3