The origins of the capsule concept
The basic concept of a capsule wardrobe is to build your entire closet based on a few timeless and durable pieces that you love and fits your style and lifestyle. The term itself comes from Susie Faux from the 1970s. Then the idea was introduced to a wider audience by Donna Karan who release a collection of interchangeable pieces called the ” 7 easy pieces”. Nowadays many minimalist bloggers refer to the capsule wardrobe concept and join the Project333 challenge created by Courtney Carver. She invites participants to select 33 items from their wardrobe and wear that and only that for an entire season. Leisure wear, sleepwear and accessories don’t count, although there are participants who include that as well.
The rules of creating a capsule wardrobe
- Find your style.
- Assess your lifestyle.
- Select a colour scheme.
- Select a uniform.
- Decide on the proportions.
- Consider laundry.
- Choose quality.
Is a capsule wardrobe ethical?
I would say it depends. For many people simply to apply a concept to restrict their shopping can be extremely helpful. Instead of buying all the latest fads that may or may not get worn, consider each piece based on a few set of rules will surely result in a wardrobe that will make them happier and more confident. The concept itself however won’t make any difference if it is only used as an excuse to add more items to the pile: ”Ah my wardrobe will only be complete with 3 more shirts and a black pants”. But if you aim to work on a small set of items, that are of supreme quality, if possible ethically made, and you apply shopping restrictions of yourself it is a great step towards being more responsible.
The concept of working on a colour scheme and the same style creating interchangeable pieces is very often used by fast fashion retailer as well. They usually arrange one capsule on the same rack so you can buy a whole outfit from various pieces that look appealing on the model. They use it because our eyes like harmony. You can use the concept, just be mindful of each item and only add what you truly love.
There are millions of capsule wardrobe building formulas. Each week I’m exploring a new one on amaesha.com.
Do you have your formula? I would love to hear from you in the ‘Comments’ section.