the ultimate capsule wardrobe

The widespread popularity of fast-fashion is slowly but surely fading. While there is still a long way to go, a capsule wardrobe just might be a worthy choice to replace this wasteful and unsustainable approach.

The concept of a capsule wardrobe is by no means revolutionary. Nonetheless, as trends are merging and personal style is embraced, it is now considerably easier to update your wardrobe in a less frequent and more considered way. Formulating such a wardrobe is not as daunting as it may seem. Admittedly, the word ‘capsule’ implies a significantly reduced collection of clothes. However, this is not to say that your sole focus should be on the number of pieces you own, but rather the structure of your wardrobe.

Your choices should be centred around essentials that will carry you through each season. A capsule wardrobe can still be updated as trends move on. Yet, the difference is that these changes are deliberate and will outlast any passing trend. The following seven items are the staples of a successful wardrobe and are a great starting point.

The Seven Staples

1. A Blazer: Blazers are timeless and chic. An oversized style in a neutral tone will double-up as a jacket.
2. Denim Jeans: Investing in the perfect pair of denim jeans will never be a decision to regret.
3. An LBD: “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress”- Karl Lagerfeld. Need I say more?
4. Boots: Chelsea boots, Knee-high or Dr Martens, any classic style you choose will work.
5. A White Shirt: Perfect for work, classic with jeans and a must for the beach.
6. A Midi Skirt: A longer skirt will always be flattering and works just as well in summer as in winter.
7. A Cashmere Jumper: A luxurious item, but one that will last.

The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that these seven suggestions are by no means fixed. They are guidelines to be switched, adapted and even added to as you find the combination that perfectly suits you. When you have identified the equivalent staples of your own wardrobe you will have achieved a structure that you will be able to rely on. As trends change, take time to consider any wardrobe adjustment you make; How long will this last? What can I wear it with? Is lime green really my colour? Ultimately, be prepared to accept the fact that you can never really beat the classics.

By Sophie Easton