How to create a sustainable capsule wardrobe

What is a capsule wardrobe? Essentially it is a wardrobe that consists of a small amount of classic, carefully chosen, versatile pieces. Here are some steps on how to create a capsule wardrobe.

  1. Sort– When you next do your wardrobe clear out organize your clothing into 3 separate piles. Keeping, mending & passing on. The items you keep, you might notice a pattern on what you actually like i.e.; blacks & white with a few pops of colour (keep this in mind when you next add to you collection) If you are looking for organizations to donate or sell your clothing to then take a look at our previous post https://rooandbear.co.za/2021/02/02/how-and-where-to-recycle-old-clothing/
  2. Buy what you need– Of course when you see an item on sale for 50% off you are immediately drawn to the clothing rack to search for your size. Next time you find yourself doing this, stop and think for a moment, do I really need this? Also try to think whether it will look good with anything you already have. If you are really struggling to decide, put the item down and come back the next day to collect it if you still feel drawn.
  3. Quality over quantity– I talk about this very often but this I feel is such an important part when buying a product. If you are spending your hard-earned money on a clothing item then it should be of quality and stand the test of time.

A few ways for you to check the quality of and item are.

  • Look at the seams of the garment. If you pull slightly at the side seams you should be able to see how strong they are.
  • Check the clothing label.  There will be a breakdown of the fabric composition try to avoid fabrics such as; Polyester, acrylic, rayon, nylon. Do your homework.
  •  If it is an online retailer and you cannot physically touch or view the item then do some homework on that brand, check their social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. With Facebook you are able to check reviews and the comments on Instagram posts should give you an idea on overall satisfaction of previous clients.

4. Look for versatility– look for pieces in those staple shades that you are drawn to ie; blacks & whites/ neutrals and make sure that these pieces can be paired with more than 1 outfit.

5. Lastly, have fun with it! There is no right or wrong way as long as you are curating a wardrobe that works for you and in turn creating a more mindful way of shopping. Get creative with this process, do clothes swaps with friends, or go on the hunt for that perfect capsule piece at a local thrift store. This will take some time, you will organize your wardrobe more than once before you figure out a system that works and makes sense but you will ultimately feel lighter when you do, I promise!

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