What is a capsule wardrobe? It is a set of basics that you have in your closet that can be worn interchangeably and whose style lasts for a long time. For the fall season, I wanted to share some capsule wardrobe pieces that I’ve owned for the last 10 years. I’ve mentioned this before, but I wanted to emphasize that in my sustainability journey, buying and keeping pieces for a long time helps reduce the impact of waste on the environment. All of these items featured here were bought prior to the start of my sustainability journey. They were all bought from a company, in my opinion, could be considered “fast fashion”. For a more detailed description of fast fashion, click HERE.
Majority of the clothes that I’ve bought over the years are from the following stores: The Limited, Banana Republic, The Gap, J.Crew, and Salvatore Ferragamo. In my opinion, they are not quite as fast fashion as Forever 21 or Zara, but their sustainability practices are continuing to improve. One thing that I do know about these brands is, if you buy key capsule pieces, the garments can last for 10 years or more if taken care of properly. Below is a video featuring these pieces and how to mix and match them to get the most wear from your clothes.
The key questions that I ask myself when purchasing a capsule piece today are the following:
- Can I buy it secondhand?
- If I can’t buy it secondhand, is it available from a sustainable company?
- Will I wear it more that 30 times?
- Do I like the material? For me, I hate wool so I don’t buy it unless it’s lined, which is normally a coat
- Can this be worn for every occasion and multiple seasons?
- Does this piece go with a lot of items I already have in my closet?
- Can I mix and match it with pieces I already have?
Below are some pieces featured in the video
Striped button down shirt, chambray shirt, black suit, skinny denim, and white tee to name a few.