Create Your own Capsule Closet

What is a Capsule Closet and how can it help slow fast fashion?

Do you ever think to yourself, "I have nothing to wear," as you look into a closet with over a hundred items? Creating a Capsule closet could assist you in minimizing this dreadful feeling. A Capsule Closet, also known as a Capsule Wardrobe, is "simply a collection of clothing composed of thoughtfully curated, easily interchangeable items designed to maximize the number of outfits that you can create. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe allows you to create a variety of different looks with a small selection of clothes," according to Modern Minimalism.



Slowing Fast Fashion can seem like an impossible task, however, incorporating a Capsule Closet can help minimize the Fast Fashion industry, one closet at a time. Those who participate in a Capsule Wardrobe often select higher-quality clothing items that can stand the test of time which reduce over-consumption. Additionally, these individuals do not feel compelled to constantly shop for new and low-priced items because they rarely feel like they "don't have anything to wear!"


How do I make a Capsule Closet a reality?

The overall idea of a Capsule Closet is to whittle your wardrobe down to only the pieces you can continuously wear and re-wear over and over again. Additionally, these pieces should match a large variety of other pieces, so that you can make hundreds of outfits out of a smaller amount of clothing. Ideally, the steps you should take to create your own capsule closet are as follows...

  1. Decide to incorporate either Navy or Black as your base color. This is a great step to add your dresses, jeans, trousers, and dress shirts.

  2. Add your neutrals. These could include white, ivory, tan, beige, or gray. These additional neutral colors work great for other pants, dresses, shirts, and dress shirts.

  3. Add in your "fun" colors. Pick 1 to 3 accent colors and incorporate these colors into your clothing. You may also choose to omit this step and stick to all neutral colors. This is a great step to add in blouses, other shirts, sweaters, and more.

  4. Add in 1 to 2 patterned items, like stripes or florals. If weather permits, this is also the step to add layers, like blazers, jackets, cardigans, etc.

  5. Add in shoes and accessories. These items can either be in your neutral color category or in your accent color category. Either way, this step should include day-to-day shoes, shoes for special events, scarves, jewelry, ties, and more.


What should I do with the spare clothes that I won't wear anymore?

After looking into your new capsule closet, you may feel very proud of yourself for minimizing your clothing items and taking action to slow fast fashion, however, you now have a pile of clothes on the floor that you no longer plan to wear. Here are a few ideas of what to do with these extra clothes...


Thrift Stores: Thrift stores are a fantastic place to donate your extra clothes because it rarely requires a lot of effort or time. Here are some fantastic thrift options to consider when donating.


Re-sell: Gain some of your money back by re-selling your items online or in-store. Here is an article that describes some amazing reselling options that allow you to get the most of your money.


Or both! Many people want to get the most out of their money by re-selling their clothes, but experienced sellers know that not every clothing item they want to sell will actually be profitable. By selling items that are in decent condition and from recognizable retailers, sellers can make a decent amount of money back. However, it is important to understand that some items will have to be donated, and this should be done in an ethical and sustainable way.


Additional Helpful Links:

How a Capsule Closet can Slow Fast Fashion

Year-round Capsule Wardrobe

Men's Essential Clothing Items

Women's Essential Clothing Items




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