If you read last month’s article on making changes to your style this year, you’ll know that I talked about the concept of a Capsule Wardrobe. If you’re unsure what this is, a Capsule Wardrobe aims to create a sustainable collection of clothing items which can carry you across all seasons, while limiting your purchase of ‘trend pieces’.
This helps to reduce waste and the amount of fast fashion that you consume as you have to make considered choices about what you choose to buy. Even if you don’t want to limit the amount of clothes you have in your wardrobe, it’s beneficial to consider some of the ideas as it can help you to save money and makes fashion more environmentally and ethically friendly.
When starting a Capsule Wardrobe, to help you stick to the system it is important to ensure you have all the basic pieces to help you form outfits. It’s a good idea to sort through your wardrobe and make a list of all the pieces you have already so you know exactly what you need to buy. Take note of what you have excessive amounts of, what you are lacking and what you actually do and don’t wear. Consider how your lifestyle impacts what you wear on an everyday basis and how often you need to dress more formally/ casually.
When buying basics, it is ideal to try and invest in good quality pieces as they will last longer across the seasons. For example, although as students it would be unrealistic to suggest spending excessive amounts of money, even by investing in one better quality pair of jeans, it is going to save you more money in the long run. Even if the cheaper pair cost 50% less but only lasted a few months, the better-quality piece could
work out as better value if they ended up lasting you a year. This works out as a better cost per wear than cheaper items.
This year, each season there will be an article in Student Life about what to add to your wardrobe (basics and trends). In the meantime, I love Lucy Moon’s YouTube videos on Capsule Wardrobes as she talks about how to make it realistically work with your lifestyle and fashion sense.