A lot of it has been written by fashion websites imploring you to buy a few choice items that are interchangeable and can be grouped to create an outfit for every occasion.On the face of it, this sounds like something minimalists should love.
Whittle down your belongings, check. Only keep what you need, check. Make sure everything you own serves a purpose, check.
But it doesn’t sit right with me.
The main reason is that the promotion of the capsule wardrobe seems to hang on purchasing certain items, whether that be a black shift dress or a denim jacket.
It’s telling you that if you want to be part of the capsule wardrobe gang and get it right you need to own certain items.
But I’ve worked out that you can ignore all of this advice on what to buy next and still achieve a capsule wardrobe. In order to do this, you’ll need a wardrobe full of clothes, and I’m assuming you don’t walk around naked all day so you’ll probably have this already.
1. Open your wardrobe
2. Pick out all the clothes you actually wear and feel good in
3. Throw out, give away or sell the stuff that’s left
4. Sit back. You have your capsule wardrobe
Most of us don’t need to go out and buy clothes to fit a capsule wardrobe aesthetic. If you think about it you probably already have go-to outfits that you feel good in, that you wear in rotation.
You don’t need to spend a penny to achieve a capsule wardrobe, you already own it.