The Capsule Wardrobe, with its basic premise of having a wardrobe filled with favourite pieces that are worn again and again, strongly resonates with the idea of a sustainable wardrobe. After all, wearing the clothes you already own to death is the number one most sustainable thing after being naked 😉
Taking one step back, for all that are new to the capsule wardrobe world and wonder: What is a capsule wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is a curated selection of seasonal pieces that you really love. Instead of having all your clothes in your wardrobe year-round, you pack away the pieces that are not needed in a respective season and only keep those things in your closet that you will wear and truly love. Signe from the fashion blog uselesswardrobe.dk says that it is “a little “collection” with clothes and shoes, that you adjust from season to season and that you LOVE to wear”. On Signe’s blog you can find a helpful Capsule Wardrobe 101 that talks you through why she adopted the system, how she gave it her own little twist and why she loves it so much. We have been writing about the Capsule Wardrobe before (in Danish), but today we want to go through in detail how a capsule wardrobe can help you getting into the right mind-set for your sustainable wardrobe project.
The first step to a capsule wardrobe is finding your own style. It is helpful to clear one entire Saturday of all appointments and spend time discovering and refining your own style. It pays off! Knowing what suits you and what you enjoy wearing for years, helps you to avoid bad purchases and always feel 100% content with your purchases. Ultimately, following your own style and not the fast fashion trend cycles will make you content with what’s already in your closet. The capsule system further requires a profound planning process. At the beginning of every season you take stock of what you already own and what is missing in your collection. Shopping gets more structured and planned, avoiding impulse purchases altogether.
In the beginning of a new season, when you unpack the things that you stored away almost a year back, it feels like shopping your own wardrobe. You probably have forgotten about many pieces that you are now taking out of the boxes to put them back into your closet. Wow, you own so many gorgeous pieces, right?! Imagining the combinations you will wear your pieces with in the new season, can re-ignite your love for them. This way, you will feel how the urge to buy new things will ebb away and you realize you indeed have enough nice things to wear for the new season.
A capsule wardrobe consists of a limited number of pieces, so you will think well before adding new clothes to your collection. With the aim of wearing the piece for a long time, you will intuitively opt for quality over quantity. Most sustainable fashion pieces are made of high quality, durable materials and thus will accompany you and give you joy for years. This way no energy, water and natural materials are wasted.
All in all, the capsule system will make you fall in love with the things you already own and alleviate the urge to shop new clothes. And that makes it sustainable! On the journey towards a sustainable closet, the most important thing is to re-establish a healthy relationship with clothes – stopping to see them as disposable and instead wearing what you own for as long as possible. Through this, you cherish the hard work, natural materials and creativity that have flown into your clothes. And isn’t a wardrobe full of favourite pieces just awesome?