//How To Curate The Perfect Capsule Wardrobe This Winter

How To Curate The Perfect Capsule Wardrobe This Winter

Let’s start the New Year with new ways. If you haven’t heard the phrase capsule wardrobe then continue reading. I’ve been following this system for more than two years now, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s worked for me, and I hope it works for you. If you’re looking to cut down on your shopping, curate a wardrobe that meets all your needs, be a more conscious consumer and save time, then I am happy to tell you that you’ve come to the right place.

WHAT

First things first: a capsule wardrobe is a collection of carefully chosen clothes that meet your personal and professional needs. There are many ways to do it, but one of the most popular ways and the one I follow is Project 333. The numbers serve a function: you’re meant to live with 33 items of clothing every three months (season). So you would essentially have four capsules: summer, spring, autumn, and winter. Your clothing items include outerwear, shoes, and accessories, but not workout gear or pajamas. The number is there to guide you. Many of the clothes you choose are basics that will appear from season to season.

So every three months, you gather your clothes, choose the appropriate ones for the season and pack the rest. Simple.

WHY 

Why bother with a capsule wardrobe? Here are my reasons:

  • Environmental reasons: I choose quality over quantity to reduce waste.
  • Ethics: choosing clothes that are made with the people, animals, and the planet in mind means I pay more. And so I buy and add pieces to my capsule with a lot of consideration and avoid fast fashion.
  • While I pay more for some of my pieces, by hardly shopping throughout each season, I save money.
  • I have clothes that I love and wear, rather than a wardrobe filled with items that I don’t even like.
  • I actually have a sense of style that is unique to my lifestyle.
  • Getting dressed in the mornings has never been this easy. I save lots of time.
  • My capsule has helped me with traveling.
  • Because I have fewer items, I cherish them more and take care of my belongings.

HOW 

The best way to get started is by looking at what your needs are. What is your lifestyle? For example, if like me you rely on walking and cycling to get from A to B, then heels may not be the right kind of shoes for your capsule.

Next, ask yourself what your personal style is. Over the last two years, I have realized that I like wearing neutral colors – mainly black. I like my wardrobe to be simple, classic and versatile. How about you? Do you prefer minimalist styles or do you like bold patterns? Figure it out.

Finally, invest in the right basics. Buy ethical, well-made and quality pieces that will last for years and can be included in your wardrobe from season to season.

My Top 10 Items this Season

I’ll end this blog by sharing the top 10 pieces in my winter capsule wardrobe. These items are either second-hand or purchased responsibly. They are classics that come up again and again in my wardrobe and versatile so that they can easily be dressed up or down.

Tops

  1. Black turtleneck
  2. Striped long-sleeved top
  3. Black jumper
  4. Deep red bamboo long-sleeved top

Bottoms

  1. Tailored black skirt
  2. Black skinny jeans
  3. Dark blue skinny jeans

Shoes

  1. Black boots
  2. Sneakers

Outerwear

  1. Patagonia winter coat

All the pieces in my capsule wardrobe can be worn together because I have carefully chosen them so that they are versatile and flexible. I can dress them up and down. They take me to campus, dinner parties and meetings. How about you? What are your favorite pieces?

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By | 2018-01-05T10:31:06+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: Ethical Fashion|Tags: |0 Comments

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Zahra Khosroshahi
Zahra is a Ph.D. student at the University of East Anglia (UEA), looking at the representation of women in contemporary Iranian cinema. When she’s not consumed by films, she likes to write about environmental and health issues. It all started with their family business www.LivingLifeNatural.com where her research turned into a lifelong passion and mission. Zahra believes that we all need to take better care of our shared and only home. To get to know her better, check out her Instagram @zahra_livinglifenatural.