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What Items Of Clothing To Include In Your Capsule Wardrobe

Most of us have been familiar with the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ since TV presenter Gok Wan introduced it to the public back in the early 2000s. 

But what exactly is a ‘capsule wardrobe’ and what clothes should go in it?


What is a capsule wardrobe?

The idea is that you look through your wardrobes and drawers and throw away most of it, keeping only a few pieces that go together well and fulfil a number of fashion needs. 

This should suit today’s society, firstly as the cost-of-living crisis has meant people cannot buy as much as they used to, and secondly as we are becoming more aware of overconsumption and our impact on the environment. 

In fact, fashion production makes up one-tenth of carbon emissions, while it also dries up water sources and causes pollution in waterways. Additionally, 85 per cent of fabrics end up in landfill. 

Therefore, more people are trying to recycle or re-use their clothes, or simply keep them for longer. By only having clothes in a ‘capsule wardrobe’ that can be worn time and time again, you know you are getting good use out of each item. 


So what pieces are a must?

The difficulty comes in choosing what pieces to put in your ‘capsule wardrobe’. This will probably depend on your style and the type of places you go, such as the office or special events. 

However, Vogue recommends always having a classic white t-shirt, a pair of reliable jeans, black leggings, a vest top, tailored trousers and a trench coat. 

It also suggests having an oversized blazer, as these can be worn to work, on a night out, or even over a dress. 

A versatile sweater, such as a cashmere jumper, is also a good idea, as it’ll keep you warm during the colder months, particularly when layered with other items of clothing. 

Ladies might also want to keep a pair of heels, which can transform a daytime look into evening wear. 

When it comes to accessories, keep a tote bag, the publication suggests, as “these room styles will fit anything and everything”. 

Those worried about not having any special items they can wear to the races, a wedding, Christenings or balls need not be concerned, as there is a growing trend to hire clothes these days. 

“This is where rental services can come in really handy. Renting rather than buying for a special occasion will give you that feeling of newness, but won’t impact your curated edit,” Harper's Bazaar states


How to choose?

The hardest part about creating a ‘capsule wardrobe’ is getting rid of your old clothes, but Vogue has a way to make it easier.

It suggests turning all the hangers to face the same way and turning each one around when you have worn the item it is holding up. After a month, you will be able to see what clothes you never wear as their hangers will still be facing in the original direction.

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