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6 Reasons Why Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Having fewer outfits doesn't mean being less stylish! Over the years, I have curated many clothes, some stood the test of time, and many did not. Those that have survived could be over 15 years old. I still love them, and without a doubt, I still wear them quite frequently! So, when the term "Capsule Wardrobe" became a buzzword, it immediately clicked, and I had already built myself one.

In recent years, I started questioning how to minimise wasting clothes? I then decided to buy only basics, style it differently and build from there.

Tips: Focus on solid neutral colours, cutting and texture. For example, white, black or grey tees, denim jeans in classic cuts and wash, and biker, aviator or bomber jackets.

I remember telling people I always wear the same outfit. I love the idea of not changing clothes without anyone realising it. But very few believed me. Without even realising it, I've already begun to experience the benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe. Its subtle approach has proven to be advantageous. You'll be surprised how many ways you can style a basic T-shirt, blue jeans and an outer! Let's get on to it, shall we?

1) Shopping is easier - Saves Money & Time

I like to see the first layer of my outfit (Top & Bottom) as a blank canvas. I love matching my outfits with another contrasting colour, typically neutral. If I ever need to replace my worn-out grey tee, I know what to exactly do. Go find the same one; in my case, they are everywhere, saving me money and time!

2) It makes my statement pieces stand out

Sometimes I come across a unique piece that catches my eye. I will then think about it long and hard before buying it. Since most of my clothes are neutral colours, statement pieces can fit into my wardrobe easily.

Tips: Mixing and matching aren't just about the colours. It's also textures and shapes.

I enjoy a monochromatic outfit; if I wear a basic grey top and trousers, I can easily pair them with contrasting outerwear that would stand out. However, I only invest in statement pieces if they are timeless, and I can style them in many ways.

3) Become more creative with styling

I mentioned earlier that I approach my capsule wardrobe primarily consisting of essential wear as a blank canvas. If you wear something plain, you'll look plain. Have fun with it! Why not see it as an opportunity to style it up and flaunt your personality? You'll suddenly realise that your hair, accessories and even how you roll up your sleeves might become a feature. You do you! I prefer mine to be quite subtle, like my long mane.

4) Neat and organised

I can literally colour-block my wardrobe into white, grey, black and blue. Buy less, more space. It's so much easier to tidy up now. Do I have to say more?

5) Become a more ethical consumer

The goal of owning a capsule wardrobe for me is to create a seasonless wardrobe. With the time & money that I've saved, I can spend on better-quality garments from more ethical brands. This is a step that I'll be working hard on personally.

6) You'll appreciate details and craftmanship more

Not all t-shirts are made the same. When you are wearing the same colour daily, you will start to take notice of the fit. The stitching, the fabric's weight, the collar band's thickness, the length and more! These subtle details differentiate a well-made tee from a regular one. Observers can sometimes tell, but they might be unable to pinpoint it, and I like that!

Becoming an ethical shopper is a journey. I have also realised that being "sustainable" is a spectrum. I won't preach about how great it is for me to do this or tell everyone to join in. Instead, I'm taking it one step at a time and being mindful of my choices. I hope sharing my experience might inspire you to be more environmentally conscious. Thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment, and I'll talk to you soon.

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