My Wardrobe Philosophy
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing pieces that work well together. From what I've seen and read, most people curating capsule wardrobes do so for each season and maintain 20 to 40 pieces per capsule. Some pieces span multiple seasons, others might be tucked away until weather appropriate again, and others perhaps donated.
I like the concept of a capsule wardrobe because it feels more manageable to me than what I used to do, which is buy stuff I like and struggle to piece it all together in the morning, hardly ever feeling satisfied with my outfits.
Creating a capsule wardrobe has forced me to figure out what I like in a piece of clothing. I know now more than ever which shapes are flattering for me, which colors look better with my complexion, and what overall vibe I am striving for.
I definitely don’t have my perfect dream capsule at this moment, but I have one that works for my lifestyle, gives me a lot of options, fits my budget, and that I enjoy wearing.
My Experiences with Capsule Wardrobes and My "Rules"
This is only my second “official” capsule wardrobe. It’s the second time I’ve really taken stock of all of my pieces, counted them, and acknowledged each piece’s role. However, since I’ve been interested in capsule wardrobes, I’ve aimed to loosely create one each season - thinking about how the pieces would work together and not overbuying.
Because I value compassionate, ethical, and sustainable practices, I try to check off these boxes when considering adding a specific piece to my wardrobe. The fast fashion industry is so destructive and when I need a new piece I like to refer to this process to do the least harm:
When purchasing clothing I also keep my furry friends in mind. I value compassion for others very highly, and therefore eat a vegan diet - free of animal products. I apply this same principle when shopping for clothing. In the past, I have made some exceptions. I have some pieces I bought before I took the time and energy to consider animal products in the fashion world beyond the more obvious issue of fur. I also have some pieces I bought out of desperation (poor planning). Most recently I have bought some leather and wool pieces from thrift stores. However, I probably won't be doing this anymore. Someone brought to my attention that when I buy leather or wool, even second hand, other people who might be looking for those products at the thrift store might have to go out and buy it new if they can't find it second hand, creating more demand for those pieces.
Helpful Capsule Wardrobe Resources
I use Pinterest for inspiration as well as to help me find vegan products. Click here to see my board for fashion inspiration.
The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
A great resource with so many exercises to help us refine our style and build the perfect wardrobe. I've not yet done them all, but the exercises I have taken the time to complete have helped me tremendously.
Caroline is currently doing a Fall 10x10 wardrobe challenge, meaning she's using only 10 pieces to create 10 different outfits for 10 days. Check it out!
Alli's got tons of great content related to creating an ethical and sustainable capsule wardrobe for each season. I appreciate her ability to curate collections of mostly, if not all, second hand and stylish pieces.
My Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe
Click each image to read more about the piece.
If you want to see what these pieces look like on, check out the video below.
Overall I think these pieces I've chosen work well for my lifestyle. I haven't included other clothes I wear to work as a nanny, as these 41 pieces are the ones that I feel my best in and wear mostly on my own time.
If I could find the following pieces made vegan and ethically, I'd go for them.
1. dressier black or tan booties
2. black or tan loafers