With the constant transformations we're seeing in the environment and the world, it's the right time to make a difference even if that means starting with your wardrobe. The first step is to stop investing in clothes that you don't really need but just want because it's a seasonal trend. This tiny change can make a significant difference. We often see innumerable trends that come our way every season and it's quite a task to keep ourselves away from giving in to them only to realise that they're short-lived and not meant for everyone. Most of the materials involved in producing them may not always be the best either. However, you can find a solution to this by carefully building a sustainable wardrobe that you will thank yourself for years down the line.

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It's time we shop smarter and invest in good quality fashion as opposed to a wardrobe full of short-lived trends that many a time leaves us to think "I have nothing to wear." This will not only help you out but will also be beneficial to the environment. Below we tell you the details that go into building a capsule wardrobe and the importance of making it sustainable with a thoughtful mindset.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

The term 'Capsule Wardrobe' was coined by Susie Faux, owner of a boutique in London in the 1970s. She is now considered to be a British fashion icon. She was of the opinion that the fashion industry had become impractical and she noticed how people were spending a large number of their resources on clothes that were short-lived and ill-fitting. Hence, she came up with the idea of a Capsule Wardrobe which included a limited number of fashion pieces. These comprised of classic and timeless essentials that were tailormade, high-quality and that lasted decades. Such essentials had to be picked wisely based on their versatility which would help enhance every look.

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Such capsule wardrobes are gaining importance as of today. Not only do they prioritize sustainability, but they also help you get rid of the unnecessary short-lived seasonal trends that you've been hoarding since forever. This will eventually make you keep only the essentials you absolutely love wearing, no matter the season. If you think they're limiting, well, think again because once you start building your capsule wardrobe, you'll want all your friends to do the same too.

Tips to begin with

Start with decluttering

The first step in the process is to pull out all of the clothes you own and start segregating them. This will need a lot of time and patience. Ask yourself a few questions as to why you'd like to keep certain items, try on the clothes and make sure you have a box for the essentials you want to give away. If you're not too sure about a few pieces, store them in another box and give yourself some time to think about what you actually need before getting rid of them.

Build with what you own

Building a capsule wardrobe doesn't necessarily mean you have to get rid of a majority of the clothing you already own nor does it mean you need to shop for new pieces immediately. You can start creating your capsule wardrobe with the clothes in your wardrobe. However, if you do feel the clothes don't fit into this capsule wardrobe category, you can place them aside for the future. The whole idea of a capsule wardrobe is to lower your expenses and simplify your life.

Invest in versatile pieces

One rule to keep in mind is that it has got to be quality over quantity. Versatility plays a significant role when it comes to a capsule wardrobe. Since you own fewer fashion essentials, mixing and matching pieces for different occasions and seasons are of utmost importance. Hence, it's imperative to spend wisely. For example, investing in a blazer that you can wear to work, off-duty or even to an evening cocktail party can be a good investment. Also, try investing in good quality and natural fabrics like linen, cotton or recycled fibers.

Make a note of the brands you shop from

When you do start to add a few key pieces to your capsule wardrobe, do keep in mind the various brands that support a cause and use eco-friendly production techniques. This will help you invest in pieces that last you decades while also supporting the environment.

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Key Fashion Pieces To Own

To begin with, you need to downsize your wardrobe and keep only the most loved essentials that you can wear in different ways. This does not include your loungewear, undergarments, activewear or other essentials. You may keep those stored in a different section. Here's a list of what you can set aside, to begin with:
  • Ten tops (shirts, blouses, tunics, tees, kurtas)
  • Ten bottoms (jeans, trousers, skirts, culottes, palazzos)
  • Ten outerwear essentials (jackets, trench coats, shrugs, vests, blazers)
  • Five to six dresses (one for every occasion and style)
  • Five pairs of shoes
  • Jewellery, bags and accessories

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