If like me you’re wanting to think more sustainably and do your bit for the planet, then investing in a capsule wardrobe is a step towards the right direction. Did you know that women wear only 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time? They seem like shocking statistics but research has suggested this to be the case. We’re all guilty of saying “I’ll wear that someday” and pushing clothes to the back of the wardrobe, and although that’s saving those garments from being sent to landfill, there are more ways you can get the most out of your clothes.
With thanks to the likes of Marie Kondo helping us to live more with less, more and more people are jumping on the minimalist bandwagon and getting the most out life’s little changes. I’ve been starting to resell, recycle and donate my old clothes to do my bit and create a minimalist wardrobe. Last year I put loads of my clothes, shoes and bags on eBay and the money I got from the sales I purchased my winter boots. A classic leather pointed ankle boot which I know will go with everything, will last me years and won't go out of fashion. That's the thing about creating a capsule wardrobe, you need to ask yourself whether the item you're investing in will still be in fashion for years to come! And with fast fashion brands predominantly ruling the high street, those clothes you're thinking about buying probably won't be in fashion much further down the line.
When starting a capsule wardrobe it’s important to consider what you need instead of what you want, in my case I was chucking out some old clothes (not literally, of course) and noticed I had six different types of white T-shirts. Three slogan ones, one V neck and two tatty looking old ones. Do I want these? probably... Do I need these? No! If you're considering investing into a capsule wardrobe then I'd start here..
A classic leather (or faux leather) biker jacket
My suede jacket from Only is three years old now and despite wearing it consistently, still looks brand new. It's warmer in the winter months (layered up with jumpers) and works in the summer as a light layer. It's soft and stylish, I know won't be a fast fashion trend plus it goes with absolutely everything!
I only have one pair, a trusty reliable pair of Stan Smith Adidas trainers. I've walked around Manhattan all day in these bad boys and no blister in sight! They can be worn with anything, even a nice summer dress!
The reliable jeans
Normally a black skinny pair or a lighter denim option, have a few variants to mix and match t-shirts, blazers etc. You do not need any more than 3 pairs of jeans, 4 max!
A classic collection of tees
Your white, black, grey, navy. May sound boring but it will surprise you how many outfits you can get out of a small selection of basic t-shirts.
A Breton striped top
You may have read one of my first posts about fashion coming round again and again. I pinched my mum's classic Breton striped top when I was 15 (she bought it in the 80's) and I still wear it now, it's literally my favourite thing in my wardrobe!
A couple of variants of skirts
I don't own a denim skirt but I have 2 pleated skirts and one leopard print skirt. I love mix-matching skirts with different t-shirts and shoes and depending on the weather in winter you can still wear a midi skirt with your winter boots! Skirts are my all year round wardrobe staple.
NOT a little black dress
Although this may sound a *little* controversial, I don't believe a little black dress should be part of your capsule wardrobe. Some people have the body for a smock dress, t-shirt dress, swing dress, skater dress.. the list goes on. Whatever your body shape, find your perfect fit then stick to that style (if you have the type of body that fits all of the above, bravo, bravoooo) and then keep a classy dress for special or formal occasions.
A blazer or two I have a checked and a herringbone blazer and am looking to invest in a black blazer. All of these go with different variants of t-shirts or jumpers in the winter. You can dress a blazer up or dress it down, it's your easiest transitional piece.