If the War on Waste has inspired you to live a life with less (or maybe even just live with more awareness) then choosing a capsule wardrobe could be a great start.
In the second of the ‘dressing with less’ mini series we’re going to take a look at the key base pieces that can be the start of any capsule wardrobe.
- simple dark dress
- a ‘go with everything’ jacket
- plain vests or t shirts – slim fitting not baggy 80s style
- some formal options like a blouse or shirt
- plain dark trousers
- classic dark skirt
- dark jeans
- block colour shoes
Now it’s time to add your style! If you prefer colour and pattern on top then add more basic block colour bottoms. Otherwise you might prefer fun skirts like me then add more block colour basic tops that you can wear with any pattern or colour of skirt.
Don’t forget to pick out your shoes suitable for the season and if you need to, add a warm jacket or summery slip over.
The basis of a capsule wardrobe is to mix and match using quality classic style pieces that won’t go out of fashion.
It’s not rocket science to realise that mixing and matching is easier with a limited colour palette and you might initially think capsule wardrobes are all black, white and grey. But living with a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to mean every outfit is the same neutral colours. If you pick a few complementary colours you can slowly transition from a red, navy and white theme to a teal, navy and white theme or a red, purple and white theme by changing out one aspect of colour. You can then loop back and create new combos with navy, purple and white then red, teal and white. That’s five seasons from five base colour sets.
Inspired but need more information or structure? Try checking out the 33-3 challenge. Only thirty three items for three months!
Want to buy some clothes with good ethics? I’d recommend checking out the fashion section of Eco Warrior Princess.