Fashion

Curating a capsule wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes have grown in popularity over recent years. In a bid to reduce waste and live more sustainably many of us are now trying to avoid buying into fast fashion and instead buy what we need. If you’ve tried it you’ll know it’s a challenge. With constant new trends, social media pressures and the age-old classic ‘I have nothing to wear’ holding us back from the purge, is a capsule wardrobe really that life-changing?

Feel good

First and foremost, crafting a capsule wardrobe means owning 30-45 items that make you feel good. Sassi Holford knows what a well-curated closet looks like. Phenomenal tailoring and a deep understanding of the feminine form has defined her designs for decades. Her mission has always been to create quality clothing that is relevant enough to stand the test of time and transcend age groups; a mission that is evident in her latest fashion collection

Capsule wardrobes are well suited to Sassi’s customers. Discerning women, who are refined, selective and know what they want.  Often, these women are juggling family, work and social commitments, therefore, time is precious. Having a wardrobe of well-loved pieces that take you from desk to dinner is efficient. With fewer options, you’ll have to be more creative and you can further define your personal style in the process.

Invest in quality

Secondly, minimising your closet allows you to invest more into fewer pieces that will last longer. “I want to encourage women of all ages to avoid fast fashion,” says Sassi.  That’s why I design clothes of the highest quality, that complement the female form but also offer the opportunity for individuality.” Her toughest critic is her fashion-savvy teenage daughter. “If she picks up one of my pieces I know I’ve created something special. She’ll often style it in a way I would never have thought of. It’s fascinating to watch and for me, it’s validation that the design is versatile enough; which is vital when you’re asking women to invest their hard-earned money in your product.”

We’ve put together some simple tips to help you curate your own capsule wardrobe. There is plenty of information out there about what a capsule wardrobe should consist of. However, we believe you should spend time structuring the details for yourself. Be specific with what you want in your collection, from the style to the colour, so that you can shop what you have while knowing what you need to invest in. 

A minimal wardrobe

1. Start with a cull

The aim is to have 30-45 pieces (clothing, accessories, jewellery, outerwear and shoes) in your wardrobe (workout wear, loungewear, underwear and accessories aren’t included). Time to say goodbye to anything… 

1. that is beyond repair
2.
that is permanently stained or has a funny smell
3. you’re holding onto because “it might fit one day”
4. that isn’t comfortable
5. you haven’t worn in the past year
6. that doesn’t make you feel good

It’s important to be cutthroat, and remember nothing has to go to waste. Once you have your pile of rejects divide them up for textile waste, charity, to sell, and to giveaway to friends/family. 

Pile of basic t-shirts and sweaters.

2. Build a basic foundation

Consider what you wear regularly, styles that you gravitate towards and the most practical items in your wardrobe as these will form your base. Investing time and money in these pieces is a sure way to elevate your outfits and make even the simple ones look pulled together. 

Example:

Basic tops:
T-shirts x 3
V-neck jumper

Basic dresses:
Shirtdress
Wrap dress

Basic outerwear:
Blazer
Leather jacket

Basic bags:
Shoulder bag
Tote bag

Basic bottoms:
Skinny jeans
Pencil skirt
Tailored high-waisted trousers

Basic shoes:
Flat ankle boots
Trainers

Staple pieces hanging up.

3. Transitional pieces

Regardless of where you live it’s good to keep seasonal pieces to hand for those transitional months. These are also the months we’re most vulnerable to getting caught up in new trends and risk accumulating a lot of waste. Strategise your key seasonal pieces ahead of the season so that you shop rationally.

Example:

Transitional tops:
Linen shirt
Cashmere jumper
Turtleneck jumper

Transitional dress:
Slip-on dress

Transitional bottoms:
Wide-leg jeans
Denim shorts
Denim skirt

Transitional outerwear:
Double-breasted wool coat
Denim jacket

Transitional shoes:
Sandals
Heeled boots

Luxor Skirt Gold & Bespoke Top

4. Statement pieces

Finally, these are the things that truly represent you, the pieces in your wardrobe with heaps of personality. Even though you may not wear them every day, you feel empowered when you do. 

Example:

Statement tops:
Silk camisole
Structured shirt

Statement dress:
Cocktail dress

Statement bottoms:
Jumpsuit
Pleated skirt

Statement bags:
Structured bag

Statement shoes:
Heels

 

Everyone loves to be a bit nosey sometimes. If you’ve curated your own capsule wardrobe we’d love to hear about your experience and the structure you’ve gone for in the comments. If you’ve been inspired to start building your capsule wardrobe be sure to explore Sassi Holford’s latest fashion collection; new pieces are coming soon. 

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