Not so long ago, the world was buzzing about the capsule wardrobe – a concept created to organise your wardrobe with only a few favourite items and nevertheless provide you with endless outfit options. A dream come true – in my opinion! It can save you time in front of your wardrobe and sentences like ‘I just don’t have anything to wear’ are history. This is why we want to bring the concept of a capsule wardrobe back in 2021.
The term ‘capsule wardrobe’ was first coined by wardrobe consultant and author Susie Faux in the 1970s. She notices that people, especially women, were spending far too many resources on multiple fashion items that weren’t well made, didn’t fit right and were out of season the next year. Sounds familiar? She created the capsule wardrobe, comprised of essential, timeless pieces that could last for decades paired with seasonal accents. What she couldn’t have known at that time is how relevant and important it would become in the future.
With 100 billion garments produced each year and around 85% of said clothes ending up in landfill or incinerators, we have reached a point where we can no longer continue that road. But how come we throw away so many clothes? Due to fast fashion, we are confronted with new garments each week and quickly changing trends. This comes at a cost of quality and fit – your clothes break quicker or never really fit properly, which ultimately makes you want to throw them away much quicker. It’s safe to say, a capsule wardrobe does not only make your life easier but can have a significant impact on the environment.
So how does it work?
The concept is quickly explained: you reduce your wardrobe to a small seasonal selection of high-quality clothes that you like. Per quarter you can have 37 pieces, including shoes and excluding accessories. In that season you should try not to buy anything new, and for the next season, you can change your wardrobe and buy season essentials. A capsule wardrobe can push us to think more about what clothing we actually wear, and whether we truly need each piece in our closet.
There are many great tutorials and guides online that can help you get started on the subject. We suggest to first take everything out of your wardrobe and go through it (maybe even watch our IG TV about how Sophie review’s her wardrobe). This is also a great opportunity to do the Closet Mass Index, a tool to get an overview of your closet, by asking yourself how long you haven’t worn an item to where you mostly get your clothes from. Then you can carry on by selecting your base colours, for me it would always be black and since I am a denim lover also blue/navy. You can then add neutral essentials like beige, grey or camel – of course, this is all up to you. A capsule wardrobe is always about your personal style. Then you go on and select 1-3 accent colours or keep it all neutral. Add some patterned items (if you are into that) and layers and finish by adding shoes and accessories. It’s best to choose accessories that are neutral and work with various outfits. To complete your outfit I would always go for gold or silver earrings or necklaces.
Of course, a capsule wardrobe isn’t for everyone and might not work for you. With this article we don’t want to encourage you to throw away all your old clothes since that won’t do any good for you or the environment either. Let’s not forget, creating a capsule wardrobe should always be a fun process! You don’t have to force yourself to have 37 items, but rather make it work for you and your lifestyle! You can just gradually work your way down to a capsule wardrobe – it doesn’t have to be a one day to the next kind of project. Hell, we are still working on our capsule wardrobes, too! If you only want to dip your toes into the capsule wardrobe concept you can also try out the 10×10 challenge by Lee Vosburgh. There you wear ten items (not accessories) for ten days!
Our team’s take on it!
The ASHIFT team loves that a capsule wardrobe makes you reevaluate your relationship with clothes, trends and your personal wardrobe. With only buying essential items with high quality, you can make sure it ticks all boxes that are important for you from fit to material and sourcing. It will also give you the chance to look at the clothes you already own – maybe there are some items you haven’t worn in a long time, but by adding them to your capsule wardrobe, you might fall in love with them all over again!
We got creative and looked at our personal spring capsule wardrobe. Hopefully it helps you get some inspiration how it could look for you as well as help you understand how a capsule wardrobe differs greatly from person to person. We went for 20 pieces including shoes but no accessories such as jewellery. Let us know in the comments if you would like to see our capsule wardrobe for the next season (summer!!), too.
SOPHIE’S SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE
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SHIRT 109€ / LEGGING 81€ / OVERSHIRT 179€ / MARA HOFFMAN 345€ / THIN TURTLENECK 60€ / OVERSIZED TSHIRT 50€ / WHITE JEANS 152€ / SNEAKERS 125€ / KNIT VEST 215€ / VEGAN LEATHER BLAZER 671€ / COAT 750€ CARDIGAN 300€ / GREY KNIT 139€ / BLACK JEANS 152€ / SLIP DRESS 102€ / TOP 80€ BAG 645€ / FLATS 460€ / BOOTS 575€ / WIDE PANTS 225€
MONA’S SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE
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LONG SLEEVE 65€ / KNITTED TROUSERS 120€ / BEIGE KNIT 320€ / TOP 65€ BAG 170€ / BOOTS 187€ / GREY SUIT PANTS 139€ / GREY KNITTED LONG SLEEVE 250€ / ANKLE BOOTS 187€ / WHITE BLOUSE 329€ / PINK SWEATER 65€ / BLUE JEANS 140€ / BLUE ROLLNECK 40€ / GREY KNIT 275€ / WHITE TSHIRT 30€ BLACK TOP 19€ / BLOUSE 99€ / MINI DRESS 64€ / SNEAKERS 130€ / COAT 489€
JULIA’S SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE
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JEANS 99€ / BLACK JEANS 139€ / PLEATED TROUSERS 113€ / DRESS 129,95€ / RIPPED KNIT DRESS 110€ / TOP 14€ / ONE-SLEEVE-TOP 58,95€ / T-SHIRT 39,90€ / BLOUSE 130€ / JUMPER 105€ / LONG SLEEVE JUMPER 85€ / VEGAN LEATHER JACKET 716€ / BEIGE BLAZER 103,06€ / BLAZER 270€ / BOOTS 119€ / ANKLE BOOTS 139€ / SNEAKERS 99€ / HOODIE 162,95€ / SWEATPANTS 151,95€ / OFF-SHOULDER TOP 66,25€