How To: Create A Capsule Wardrobe

March 25, 2019

Sustainability in fashion has become a recent focus, especially with environmental preservation being a top concern. Fast fashion comes with a hefty price tag, that affects not only our wallets, but also the earth (as explained in an article by Quartz). That's because the industry has long been one of the biggest consumers of water and worst contributors to landfills. And while it isn't possible to reverse the damage overnight, there are things we all can do as consumers to help make a positive effect on the environment — such as adopting a capsule wardrobe!

In addition to having a positive environmental impact, capsule wardrobes provide a way for people to streamline and organize their closet creating less decision fatigue and more savings. If you've been thinking of building a capsule wardrobe but don't know where to start, here are some things to consider!

What are your fundamentals?

Ask yourself: if you were to go on a month-long trip, what would you stuff in a single suitcase? Most likely, these are your most comfortable and versatile pieces that you consider your "essentials." Choose pieces that are timeless — and maybe a little less trendy. You'll want clothes that never go out of style so you can wear them over and over, whatever season it is.

What is your personal style?

Of course, "basic" doesn't automatically have to equate to "boring”. Just because you're cutting down your wardrobe doesn't mean you have to compromise your personal style! Fashion is supposed to be fun and gives you a way to express yourself, after all! So if you're the type who is most comfortable with colors, then by all means, keep that neon pink shirt as long as you can envision yourself maximizing its wear down the road.

What is your base color?

While it is suggested to go with neutrals, again, don't let that pressure you from sacrificing your personal taste and preferences. It is, however, easiest to mix and match colors such as white, black, brown, blue, and grey. You won't have to be challenged to pair certain shades because they'll all go well together anyway. Afterwards, you can proceed to select complementary colors to inject a little more fun and variety in your wardrobe.

How many clothes can you keep?

A typical capsule wardrobe has about 30 pieces in total, as lifestyle writer Rebecca Sullivan writes — including everything you put on your body, from shoes and hats, to accessories and jackets. But of course, your number of pieces can definitely deviate a little below or above that. It's important to avoid completely depriving yourself only to be tempted to shop again later on. So be sure to stick with the essentials that you are most comfortable with.

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Jess Goldberg is a former stylist and now full-time mom of beautiful twins. Despite this shift in occupation, Jess maintains a love for all things fashion, and hopes to impart the values of sustainability, simplicity, and style to her precocious girls.