welcome summer & decluttered closets

In one of our last blogs, we spoke about how the current situation has allowed us to declutter our closet and, well, our life. Thinking more about the essentials and pieces we love. There’s no better way of positioning this than considering a capsule collection. So what in the world is a capsule collection?

The Business of Fashion defines it as…

“The idea was to create a capsule wardrobe that features only the most essential or influential pieces from a collection. A capsule collection is essentially a condensed version of a designer’s vision, often limited edition, which transcends seasons and trends by being functional.”

Overall, they encapsulate your own unique style and reduce your closet to timeless pieces that complement your personal style. Sustainability and a capsule collection usually intertwine in the way that owning a capsule collection typically reduces how much you consume and what you consume. When developing a capsule collection, we start thinking about what we actually love, wear and need. This also lends itself to buying classic pieces that can be fixed and matched in your closet to make multiple different styles.

If you’re considering narrowing down your closet to the pieces you truly love – a capsule collection may be a good move. So how do you start?

@lefevrediary

There’s a bunch of different methods and ways people create a capsule wardrobe. There’s the 37 items approach by Rector, in which you utilize 37 pieces for the season, don’t shop until the season’s over and then add new pieces for the next season. I don’t personally like this way. I find that a capsule wardrobe should consist of basic pieces that you’ll always need. You know like a white tank top, a blazer, a little black dress… and then adding your own spunk to it. Accessorizing with unique jewelry, bags, shoes, or adding a funky top with relaxed jeans.

So here are some items I think should be in everyone’s closet. It may not be the full list but these are pretty versatile pieces you’ll need at one point or another.

  1. Beige trench coat – you know for the rainy days
  2. White/black tank top | t-shirt | bodysuit
  3. Blazer
  4. A nice blouse that triples as a work top, brunch top and/or meet the parents top.
  5. A pair of wide leg slimming trousers 
  6. A favorite throw over jacket… leather and/or denim.
  7. A dress so versatile you can wear it during the day, in the evening, in the winter and in the summer – I suggest a slip dress 
  8. Denim shorts & of course a good pair of jeans (Levi’s 501, anyone?)
  9. The little black dress, of course
  10. Moccasins #Work 
  11. Black boots
  12. White Sneakers
  13. Midi Skirt
  14. A pair of heels
@deanaduka

There’s a bunch of resources online so you can do your digging, but here are two that we love:

VETTA is a sustainable brand that focuses on building capsule collections. They have a very distinctive style that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in need of some inspiration or to go ahead and get shopping.

Miami-based sustainable fashion platform, Fashionability Collective, offers a capsule collection styling service that sources all your pieces sustainably. If you’re looking for a more individualized capsule collection styled to your needs, the founder takes her time to understand your individual style and curates the pieces to fit your needs.

@ironnsalt