Think about your favorite outfits—your go-to dress to stroll along the beach, your favorite going-out top, the jeans that fit just right. These are the outfits that make you feel happy, confident, and pretty. Now, think about all the outfits in your closet that don’t make you feel that way.
The truth is, many of us hang on to old clothes we just don’t enjoy wearing anymore. Because holding onto these outfits isn’t doing much for our wardrobes or the environment, sustainable fashionistas have started a trend called the capsule wardrobe. What it is and how to start it is simpler than you’d think.
What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?
The idea of capsule wardrobes has been around since the 1970s, but they’ve recently become more popular with the growth of the minimalist aesthetic and the increased emphasis on sustainability. The idea is to create a small wardrobe of essential pieces that you can mix and match for a greater variety of outfit choices. Everything in your wardrobe will be something you’ll enjoy wearing.
Tips for Starting a Capsule Wardrobe
Analyze and Purge
To build a wardrobe of clothes you genuinely want to wear, you should note what you wear and what you don’t. Take a few weeks before you transition and think about what outfits attract you, what outfits you avoid, and what outfits you have to talk yourself into wearing. After a few weeks, take everything out of your closet and set aside the outfits you love, then donate the rest.
Buy Higher Quality
Just because you’re focusing on downsizing your closet doesn’t mean that you should never buy anything new. In fact, once you’ve purged your wardrobe, you may have an even better idea of items you need to buy. When you do buy clothes, opt for items of higher quality instead of fast fashion. Since you’ll be buying fewer clothes, you can afford to invest. Besides, you’ll want items that can last longer.
When some people hear about what a capsule wardrobe is and how to start it, they hesitate because it doesn’t seem like a wardrobe that lends itself to creativity. But too often, we rush out to buy something new instead of wearing what we have. When we make the effort to find fresh ways to wear our old jeans or mix and match jewelry with different outfits, it breeds even more creativity. And that’s what fashion’s all about.