How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

Minimalism has been gaining popularity, from tiny houses to tiny wardrobes. Is it time to Marie Kondo your closet? Because these days, less is most definitely more.

As a lifelong lover of fashion and shopping, when I first heard the idea of pairing down the items in my closet I was quite skeptical, and frankly, terrified of tossing out my wardrobe. As I began the exercise, however, I came to realize just how little of my closet actually sees the light of day. I ultimately already had just a few pieces and outfits that I loved to wear, which is the foundation of building a capsule wardrobe.

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What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

Put simply, a capsule collection is a curated closet of items that you absolutely adore and are versatile with each other. While not an exact science of course, each season consists of 30-40 items with a handful of transition pieces to help you go from one season to the next.

What are the benefits?

By shopping more thoughtfully and limiting adding to your wardrobe just once per season, as needed, you cut back on mindless buying and the cost that comes with that (both to your wallet and the planet). By narrowing your wardrobe you also become more aware of your own personal style, therefore, building a closet full of outfits you love to wear every day.

The whole idea is to feel joy from your outfits every single day.

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Tips for Getting Started 

  1. Don’t buy anything new for the first few months. Take that time to clean out your current closet and take note of the pieces you just cannot part with. This will help you to better understand your own personal style and help you in your quest for a better wardrobe.
  2. At the start of the next season, hone in on what items that seasonal closet could use. Think about items that pull your current items together and make your wardrobe more versatile.
  3. Shop quality, timeless, sustainably-made pieces as you add new items to your wardrobe. Buying quality clothing will save you money over time as you don’t have to replace your items as often (it’s also much better for the planet).
  4. Each season, redo the exercise of going through that seasonal capsule wardrobe and adding/ replacing as needed. Hopefully, over just a couple of seasons, you’ll have a closet full of items you are obsessed with.

Must-Have Sustainable Wardrobe Staples

How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

Jeans

Every closet needs a good pair of jeans. While jeans are typically one of the dirtier fashion pieces, some brands, like Nudie Jeans, are changing the game. Not only are they committed to producing cleaner denim, they also offer free repairs for life. 

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How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

Organic White Tee

We could stop the list right here. Is there anything more classic and timeless than jeans and a good white tee? Channel your inner supermodel. This organic cotton tee from MATE is perfect.

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How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

White Sneakers

Finish off the look with classic white sneaks. We love these from Veja, a brand that is committed to fair trade, sustainable sourcing, and transparency. While not all their shoes are vegan, they have an extensive range that is!

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How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

Transitional Jacket

A jacket that allows layering is key for a seasonal transition for your wardrobe. Trench coats are perfect for this as they are light enough to be worn on warmer days but also great for layering underneath in the fall as the weather gets colder. We’re obsessed with this new trench from vegan coat company, NOIZE.

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How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

Perfect Pumps

The perfect pump can instantly elevate any outfit. There is also an instant confidence boost that happens as soon as you slip those babies on. Adding a comfy, elegant pair of pumps to your capsule wardrobe is a must. We love these cruelty-free nude pumps from Cult of Coquette.

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How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

Shirt Dress

The perfect day to night item, the shirt dress. Wear with those chic white sneakers for an easy day outfit and slip on pumps later on and head straight to drinks with the girls. We love this one from Marine Layer, made from 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell it creates the perfect drape.

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How to Build a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and Embrace Minimalist Style

Black Leggings

Let’s be real, leggings are not just for yoga class anymore, especially in our pandemic work-from-home mode! They have also become a girl’s best friend for running or running errands. Girlfriend Collective creates their high-quality leggings from recycled plastic bottles AND they recycle them for you with their ReGirlfriend program.

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