If you’ve read our blog post on sustainable fashion, you already are aware of the minimal changes required to have a sustainable lifestyle. Let's dig deep and learn a bit about capsule wardrobe. This term has quickly become a widely used word. But it is crucial to understand what it means, where it comes from and how you can create your capsule wardrobe.
The story: how it all started
The term was first used in the 1970s by Susie Faux, who owned a store in London named “Wardrobe.” The concept of her shop was to offer necessary pieces that never go out of fashion, like pants or skirts that combine with seasonal pieces or accessories to form timeless outfits. Donna Karan, an American designer, popularized the concept when she launched in 1985 a collection of seven workpieces that are interchangeable and easy to match. She named the collection “Seven easy pieces”. According to Donna Karan, a woman can do everything with the right pieces to wear. Doesn’t that sound like an incredible spirit?
So what is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is the opposite of fast fashion. This means reducing the number of clothes you have and focusing on what you really need. The idea is to have pieces that can be mixed and matched, that never go out of fashion and are comfortable to wear on any occasion. Clothes made to last.
A capsule wardrobe is a way to organize your clothes. You choose essential pieces of prime quality that are comfortable to combine. For example, a white top and shirt should be part of each capsule wardrobe. A pair of black pants with a white shirt always work out as a fantastic formal business outfit, while changing into a pair of denims with that white shirt can be perfect for a casual evening out with friends. This is a mere example of numerous manners in which we can mix and match clothes for different occasions without having to worry about crowding your wardrobe with too many pieces. Minimalism is a big part of the capsule wardrobe.
It’s about being minimalist - Create your own!
Choose well before you buy because that is a huge factor that determines the role you play in the revolution of sustainable fashion. To create your capsule wardrobe, the first step is to tidy up and realize what is in your wardrobe. Often we buy on impulse and forget about them. This leads to clutter. First, take everything (yes, everything) out of your wardrobe and put it out for you to see. See what you have. You will be surprised to see that there are so many items in your wardrobe that you had completely forgotten about. Now start separating the pieces you have not worn in the past 12 months and separate them. Keep them in a pile. Let’s call it PILE A.
What to do with the leftovers?
Now let’s move on to the stack of clothes that you have worn in the past 12 months. Let’s call this PILE B. It is time to weed that out too. Out of PILE B, choose the pieces you have worn most often, the pieces you like and which bring you the most joy. Check them out for color and ensure they still fit you. See if you can mix and match items from this stack to better your style or create a new style all together. You never know, perhaps it will help you discover something new about yourself?
Once you have further taken items out of PILE B, put the extras into another stack. Let’s call that PILE C. Once all this is done, you can put the PILE B back into your wardrobe. In case there are items that need repair but you are too attached to part with it, keep that aside for later. Mix up PILE A and C and smile! Because you just decluttered a major part of your life. Now take PILE A and C and look for items that you do not want to keep but are in good condition, and either donate them, swap them or upcycle them. If there are items that cannot be torn or/and faded, drop them off to your nearest recycling centre. Know that you just made a big contribution in cutting down the negative impact of textiles that might have landed up in landfills by donating, swapping, upcycling or recycling your pre-loved items. Keep a lookout here for more information.
Create your capsule wardrobe
Keeping in mind that less is more, carefully select the parts you have kept and ensure that you have kept the basics of your outfit along with items that bring you joy. You might notice that aside from the basics that you have kept, there might be something that you need to finish your capsule wardrobe. If something is missing, buy it in top quality and from a small and trustworthy fashion brand to make sure it will last a long time. Trust us, smaller brands are more likely to be ethical and transparent about themselves.
After these essential parts, see what you have more. Check out what you can combine and what might be the next piece to buy. Whenever you purchase fresh pieces, keep in mind what you’ve learned from storage based on the color and cuts that suit you better than the others. Also always try and remember what you already own. When buying new pieces, try and remove old items by selling it to thrift stores or donating. VANYYA is coming up with lists of basic clothing items to own in a capsule wardrobe depending on your geographical location.
The business capsule wardrobe
A business capsule wardrobe is perfect for work outfits. It doesn’t matter what clothes you wear for everyday office work or business trips, as long as you have those must have black bottoms like pants or leggings, don a blouse, throw a jacket and you’re good to go. This is one of the simplest forms of work outfits that can never go wrong. The concept of a capsule wardrobe ideally suits the routine of a businesswoman and can be customised according to the personality of the person. To know more about how to curate your own business capsule wardrobes, check out our instagram for upcoming posts.
VANYYA hopes to inspire minimalism with ethically made products that can help you declutter while ensuring your wardrobe never becomes drab and you always know what you would want to wear next! From sustainability to space management to an ethical lifestyle, join VANYYA to step into the next green adventure of your life!