Everybody has those clothes they buy, they wear once, and then they put them in the back of their closet, never to be seen again. Instead of only wearing the items in our closets once, what if we bought clothes that would look good with everything, hardly went out of style, and never deteriorated out of old age. Well, a capsule wardrobe does just that. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing pieces that can be worn with almost anything and allows you to create a variety of outfits. Capsule wardrobe pieces are usually simple basics with solid colors and neutral tones. In addition, the pieces you select for your capsule collection are usually higher-quality items that are long-lasting and comfortable to wear. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to have clothing that makes you look put together with minimal effort. The pieces you add to your collection should also be able to be mixed and matched with various items already in your wardrobe. Everybody needs a few basics in their wardrobe collection that give them confidence and excitement.
The idea of a capsule wardrobe has been around for decades. In the 1970s, Susie Faux introduced a clothing boutique that sold minimalist clothing that was high quality and exceedingly versatile. She wanted her customers to be able to mix and match each of the pieces they bought to create a beautiful outfit. Later in 1985, designer Donna Karan released her “Seven Easy Pieces” line. The line featured seven clothing pieces that could be worn in a variety of ways. During the runway show, for the premiere of the line, each model wore a plain bodysuit with one of the seven pieces to build an outfit. The fashion show had much success, and it started the trend of having a minimalist wardrobe. This trend has since resurfaced, and people now have been desperately trying to find the perfect capsule wardrobe that makes their life much easier. To get you started on your capsule wardrobe, try looking at a few different medium to high-quality brands. Some brands include Levis, Everlane, Able, Vetta, Kotn, Skims, and Girlfriend Collective. Each brand has a great selection of classic basics that will cease to go out of style. From business casual to workout sets to fancy dresses, these brands have pretty much everything to form your own capsule collection.
Over time, you will begin to see the benefits of having a great capsule wardrobe collection. First off, you will spend less time trying to pick out an outfit. I know from experience that trying to pick out an outfit in the morning, especially when you are already running late, is a nightmare. Thus, having a set of basics you can pair with anything makes life a lot easier when getting dressed. Since a capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothes you will wear for years to come, you are creating a more sustainable lifestyle. If you wear these pieces for a long time, no clothing will go to waste. In addition, building a capsule collection doesn’t contribute to fast fashion. We want the pieces in our capsule wardrobe to be high quality and long-lasting. Therefore, buying cheap clothing from a fast fashion brand isn’t exactly ideal when beginning to build your collection. Lastly, by creating your own capsule wardrobe, you can save more money in the long run. Having clothing items you can always wear and items that are immensely versatile means you don’t have to go shopping as much to buy new clothes. Since there are numerous benefits to owning a capsule wardrobe, it might be a good idea to start curating your own.