The fashion industry has horrible effects on the environment. A capsule wardrobe can help you reduce your textile waste. Read on to learn more about how to start a capsule wardrobe.
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The capsule wardrobe term was first introduced in the 1970s by British fashion icon Susie Faux. It refers to a collection of 30-40 versatile and practical clothes put together to create an entire wardrobe.
Although it isn’t a new concept, it’s becoming more relevant to practice it in modern-day to reduce our textile waste.
The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world. As clothing becomes more disposable, more and more textile waste is being dumped in landfills. A typical western family throws away an average of 30kgs of clothing per year. Only 15% of this waste is recycled or donated, and the rest directly ends up in landfills.
Synthetic fibers in textiles are non-biodegradable and take up to 200 years to decompose. Seventy-two percent of our clothing consists of synthetic fibers such as polyester.
Turning your closet into a capsule wardrobe can help you get rid of the clothes that you don’t use and reduce the amount of textile waste you produce in the long term. We highly recommend donating or recycling the clothes you’ll eliminate from your wardrobe.
Starting a capsule wardrobe could be challenging; let us help you step by step.
First of all, it’s all about making logical decisions. Don’t just choose the clothes that you love but also make sure the pieces you want are versatile and practical and goes well with other parts.
Take out every piece of clothing that’s in your wardrobe and put it all in sight. Put them in different piles by category such as; dresses, formal clothes, workout clothes, accessories, tops, bottoms, outwear, etc. Go over your clothes piece by piece and ask yourself, have you wore it in the last year? Does it fit your daily lifestyle? Do you love it? Does it go well with the rest of your wardrobe?
Pick out the fundamental pieces. As you go through your clothes one by one, be honest with yourself. Think about what you’d choose if you had to leave for a trip right now. You’d probably choose the most versatile and comfortable item that would still look chic. Keep those items first and get rid of the ones that did not make the cut.
Keep your style. Remember your style. There’s no reason to give up on your unique personal style for the sake of minimization. Keep the versatile pieces that reflect who you are.
Choose your colors. Choose a primary color to build your wardrobe on such as; gray, black, blue, white, or brown. After deciding on your base color, choose a complementary color that will highlight your skin tone, or simply go with your favorite one. When you have a specific color palette, it’ll be easier to make combinations because all your clothes will match perfectly.
Final count. A capsule wardrobe usually consists of 30-40 pieces of clothing per season, including shoes, accessories, etc. Make your final count, and if you think you still have more than you need, you can always donate more!
Having a capsule wardrobe has many benefits for you and the environment.
More time. When you have a capsule wardrobe, choosing what to wear will be easier and will take less time.
Save money. You’ll be shopping less because you’ll know exactly what your wardrobe is missing, and only buy it. You can also try clothes swap groups in your area, and pay a visit to thrift stores, whether its to sell your used pieces or buy new ones for yourself.
Less clutter. Since you’ll have fewer clothes naturally, you’ll have less clutter in your wardrobe. It’ll provide you with more space, especially if you have limited space like a studio apartment.
Better for the environment. As mentioned before, a western family throws away approximately 30kgs of clothes each year, which has a significant impact on the environment. When you have fewer clothes, you’ll end up throwing away less. It’ll also help you understand the impact on the environment, and you’ll think twice before purchasing new clothing items.
There are many ways to live an environmentally friendly, minimalist lifestyle. Adapting a capsule wardrobe is only one of them. You can easily reduce your textile waste and help the environment.