Building a CAPSULE WARDROBE from Scratch - The Complete Guide
Have you ever found yourself contemplating or complaining that ‘I have nothing to wear’? Do you ever wonder how you can change it to ‘I have an apt outfit to wear for today’s occasion’ without hoarding or making unnecessary purchases, which may not see the light of the day and just lie at the back of your closet? If that’s been your dilemma, then go no further, for you have come to the right place to sort all your fashion needs. Please keep reading on as we take you on to an exploratory journey of ‘Building a Capsule Wardrobe from Scratch’ to a more than sufficient ’50 piece Capsule Wardrobe’.
As we all know, the ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ phenomenon, which was well received and applauded for its efforts to reduce decluttering and promote sustainable fashion practices, throughout the 1970s and 80s, is a wonderful way to practice minimalist living. Delineating towards an existentialist spectrum, technically, how many things do we require for basic survival. The popular answer would be food, clothes and water (of course, apart from clean air that is). Do we buy items because we need or want those? With a rise in consumerism and luxury practices around the world, we humans have given in to impulsive shopping.
What is CAPSULE WARDROBE? Why do we love it?
Introduced by British fashion icon, Susie Faux in the 1970s refers to an assemblage of 30-40 practical and diverse pieces of clothing put together to create a functional, yet stylish wardrobe for an entire season. Also, known as the mix and match experience, one works with the colour palate and consequently, creates different and versatile looks. Donna Karan’s collection of ‘7 Easy Pieces’ based on this concept was quite revolutionary for that time. As mere mortals, it’s only natural to fall prey to the celebrity syndrome– wanting to emulate our favourite celebrities or icons who we look up to or aspire to be.
BUILDING A CAPSULE WARDROBE FROM SCRATCH
For someone who is fashion savvy and breathes and lives for the same, it may seem like a daunting task to achieve, but what are baby steps for. And what fun is life without a few challenges? To start with what seems like an arduous task, the first thing to do is to remove and empty your entire closet. Exemplary shows such as Marie Kondo’s Home Edit or cleansing challenges such as Project 333 totally infuse the vigour and the impetus to see it through.
From an individualistic point of view too, it takes away the decision fatigue and the incessant amount of time we spend trying to ‘pick the outfit of the day’. Read on to more about constructing a viable and a personality exuding capsule wardrobe.
Where to BEGIN?
This first plunge probably takes up most of our energy. You can successfully use the method of deduction to logically reduce and eliminate the extra pieces of clothing. To do so, ask yourself this:
Have I worn this in the past year?
Do I love it?
Does it fit my everyday lifestyle?
Can I coordinate it with most of my outfits?
This will make the decision-making process easier and stress-free. Your personal style and attributes will give a solid foundation for creating your customized wardrobe. Follow these five steps to successfully implement this lifestyle choice and create your core closet:
STEP 1: Select a base colour
To implement a more practical wardrobe, preferably go for a navy blue or black colour, since they go with a lot of other secondary hues which is helpful when putting outfits together.
STEP 2: Select your neutral colours
These are essentially your neutral coordinates or ‘essentials’, which are basically tops and bottoms that are solid colours (black, white grey, chambray, and beige) which are classic pieces that are eternally in vogue. These should complement well with your base colour, so that you mix and match accordingly.
So some bottoms may include skinny jeans, denim, pencil skirt, grey trousers, and black ankle jeans. The coordinated overalls can be a grey top, a white shirt, a grey, and a beige cardigan, and a black dress.
STEP 3: Select your accent colours
Add a little pop of colour, however subtle a shade it may be to add some spunk. Make sure it coordinates with your base colours.
STEP 4: Patterns and designs
To get a little experimental, play around with striped or floral patterns and minimalist designs which go well with your base and accent colours. In fact, a horizontal striped equates to an “essential”.
STEP 5: Choose your shoes and accessories
Follow a similar suit while choosing handbags. To add a finishing touch to this process, a statement neckpiece and a scarf is a good buy to invest in.
To conclude, we hope this article encouraged you to develop healthy and viable lifestyle choices while being a part of the broader ecosystem. In times of fast fashion, “Ethical is the new normal” completely resonates with us and definitely that is the way going forward.