Minimalism is an ongoing trend in fashion, however many think the toned down nature of minimalism leaves no room for fun and expressive styles. When in actuality, minimalism is about effortlessness and returning back to the basics. Minimalism is also great for downsizing, for space, to save money, or to practice more sustainable fashion choices. The minimalist chic style is classy and timeless. It’s all about building a classic wardrobe to combat having trendy, yet jumbled and mismatched pieces taking up valuable space in your closet. But before you start purging your closet, try a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is essentially a small consolidated collection constructed of basic, yet versatile, pieces. The capsule wardrobe is meant to show how attainable a minimalist wardrobe can be, with some intentional choices. Keep reading to learn more!
To start a capsule wardrobe, you need to decide what clothing pieces of yours are essential. And we mean essential! Be aware of pieces that don't fit, are worn out, and don't flatter your personal style anymore. These like these do not go in the capsule wardrobe. However, focus on the things you wear often, the things you feel good in, and the pieces that go with many different outfits. Things like basic colored tops, jackets, jeans, and most importantly socks! Caroline Rector, one of the originators of the capsule wardrobe trend, explains 37 pieces is a solid number. However, this can vary depending on the season. A capsule wardrobe should be built around your lifestyle with things that make you feel happy and that you love to wear on repeat. Here are some pieces we think should be essential pieces in your capsule wardrobe!
Essential #1: Jeans
Jeans are great pieces to have regardless of the season. Light blue, dark blue, grey; what wash is your go to? Are you more of a skinny jean wearer, or do you like the bootcut look? Whatever your favorite flavor, jeans are the most essential piece of clothing you can have in your capsule wardrobe. They are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing. We think it's good to have at least 2 pairs of jeans in your capsule wardrobe; one basic blue jean and one different color such as black or white. With jeans in your capsule wardrobe, you can dress any outfit up or down instantly.
Essential #2: Button Down Tops
Button down tops are another essential to have in your capsule wardrobe. Minimalism is all about effortlessness, and button downs offer such a range of versatility. You look effortless no matter how you wear it. Button downs can be styled under a blazer for a more professional look, but remove the blazer and tie the ends of the shirt in a knot for a cool, laid back crop top. We suggest keeping some basic colors in your arsenal, but if you’re someone who likes a statement piece, try a patterned button down. Maybe a silk or satin finish, if patterns aren’t your thing. If you are more of a dress person, try a button down dress for a similar look. Regardless, make sure you have at least a few options for button downs in your capsule wardrobe. Those along with your trusty jeans make for so many outfits already!
Essential #3: Socks
Socks are an essential to the capsule wardrobe that many overlook. With the minimalist look, details are great but too many can be a distraction. Socks add the perfect amount of accessory to an ensemble! And a good pair of socks can provide support spending on where the day takes you. For the capsule wardrobe, we suggest a good selection of basics to have. The Essential Collection is perfect for this. From stable crew socks to comfy footies, the essential collection has all the foundational pieces you need for a capsule wardrobe. Our collection offers a great range of fabric finishes, and colors to mix and match for endless combinations. We also suggest having a pair from the performance collection, for your more active days. Having a good collection of socks, ensures you’re covered no matter the season, and no matter the outfit.
These are just a few pieces to start your minimalist journey. With some planning, you’ll have a full capsule wardrobe in no time. Try it out for a month, and see how many different outfits you can create with just a few basics. You just might surprise yourself!