The concept of the capsule wardrobe, coined by Susie Faux who owned the London boutique “Wardrobe” in the 1970s, has been encouraging fashionistas everywhere to pair down their closets into a small collection each new season. Although we may always focus on acquiring the latest trends, minimalism and sustainability have also become driving forces in the fashion world.
Instead of filling our closets to the brim, these capsule wardrobes often range anywhere from 15-37 items. These include: tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes, but leave out workout gear, jewelry, hair accessories, bags, swimwear, loungewear, lingerie, and yard work/house workwear. This movement toward less is more has not only shone a spotlight onto ethical design and manufacturing, but furthermore proved that there are indeed staple pieces which have the potential to remain consistent throughout the year.
Capsule wardrobes present a creative challenge that requires pre-meditated intentionality within purchases. Meaning, not only are the stylish being driven to turn their gazes away from fast-fashion and invest in clothes that last several years, but also pre-plan ahead for what is to come.
Purchasing items that are long-wearing requires acquiring pieces that not only are made well, with quality natural fabrics, but that also fit one’s unique body and style as well. Commonly, advocates of the capsule wardrobe advise that anyone attempting them should intend on shopping only one time per each new season, spending the last two weeks of each coming season prepping for what will be stored away, kept out, and purchased. These parameters are said to enhance one’s understanding of their autonomous fashion voice, as well as leave more room for one to experience more life because smaller closets equate to quicker dress times.
Try these six choices for a timeless capsule wardrobe:
We’ve all heard of the little black dress, but beyond that iconic fashion staple, there are key essentials that every stylist agrees should be in one’s wardrobe. Acting as the canvas, these transformative pieces provide a chic and clean platform to mix-and-match while still keeping your wardrobe size to a minimum. The neat thing about these timeless clothing basics is that they can be used as casual, work, or evening occasions.
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Image Gallery: Slide 1 – Founder and Creative Director Envelope1976 Celine Aagaard wears an Enveloppe 1976 coat with Fashion journalist Katarina Petrovic. Slide 2 – Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 – female model wearing a shirt and dress by Brachmann; trousers by Arkitaip. Slide 3 – Model wearing a coat by Lanius, a jacket by Mori Collective, a pullover by Wunderwerk, pants by Arkitaip.