The minimalist wardrobe is more “en vogue" than ever! A minimalist wardrobe is based on classic fashion items that can be combined with each other. The capsule wardrobe principle ensures a well-organised and eco-friendly wardrobe that saves both money and time in the morning, when searching for the perfect outfit.
Convinced? Then let's go! Start the spring with well-stocked basics and timeless classic looks. In this article you will find useful tips and trendy fair fashion inspiration for your way to a minimalist and sustainable wardrobe for 2023.
Table of Contents
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
1.1 Benefits of a seasonal Capsule Wardrobe
1.2 A Capsule Wardrobe for Spring
- Your Way to a Minimalist Wardrobe: 4 Useful Tips for Building a Capsule Wardrobe
- Sustainable Must-Haves for Your Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2023
1. What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
The aim is to create a base of a few simple pieces that can be used to assemble numerous looks in line with the motto "mix and match". To achieve this, the focus is on a few essential outfit pieces that ALL can be combined with each other.
That's why the basis of a capsule wardrobe consists of clothes in neutral shades like black, white or grey. However, you don't have to give up your favourite patterned items or trendy statement pieces. Limit yourself to a few pieces that you really feel comfortable in and which express your personal style.
1.1 Benefits of a Seasonal Capsule Wardrobe
Still looking for a challenge in 2023? How about building a minimalist wardrobe for spring 2023? Here are a few reasons why we think now is the perfect time to try the capsule wardrobe principles.
You Have More Time
Less is more! With just a few clothes in your wardrobe, you save a lot of time getting ready. Whether it's for work in the morning or for a hangout with your friends in the evening. By choosing mix-and-match clothing pieces for your capsule wardrobe, you'll quickly have the perfect outfit at hand. You'll still have enough time to start your day with your favourite vegan breakfast, for example.
You Save Money
Saving money in everyday life can also be simple. With a capsule wardrobe, you learn to shop more consciously and avoid bad purchases. Not only will your wardrobe become more manageable, you'll also have more money to spend on traveling, hobbies or fairly produced clothes for the next season.
You Do Something Good for the Environment
You want to do something good for the environment? A capsule wardrobe is a good start. Your conscious consumption is sustainable for the environment and your fellow human beings. So let's support slow fashion brands and try to counteract the fast fashion industry. Fair working conditions and a lower carbon footprint are worth much more than another bad buy from a fast fashion store sale.
To give you a better idea of the term capsule wardrobe and the principle behind it, Maren from Germany shows you a sample capsule wardrobe for the still cool months in 2023 in the following video.
1.2 A Capsule Wardrobe for Spring
Your capsule wardrobe changes depending on the season. Spring is just around the corner, so let's say goodbye to our thick jumpers and winter coats. With these four categories, you can plan your capsule wardrobe for spring 2023.
- Jackets, blazers, casual coats
The weather can be choppy in spring. You should have at least one weather-resistant jacket in your winter to spring wardrobe, for example a light parka or a raincoat. The classic blazer always works. Whether for work, leisure or events, it can be combined with many items of clothing to suit your mood. Depending on your personal style, you can also add a denim jacket or a (vegan) leather jacket.
Blouses, T-shirts, jumpers and longsleeves
Plain T-shirts and longsleeves are a must-have in your spring basics wardrobe. Colours like black, white and grey form a good basis and can be perfectly combined with your favourite colours. Depending on your style, you can add shirts, blouses for dressy days or even cardigans.
Jeans and cloth trousers
You don't have to hold back on bottoms, especially if you keep your tops simple. You can choose different cuts and different colours. Think about your favourite fits and choose, for example, 3-5 jeans in different cuts and washes, 2 pleated trousers for the office, a comfortable pair of fabric trousers for the home office.
Skirts and dresses
Skirts and dresses don't fit into every wardrobe. If you're not a type for it, just skip this category or replace it with another one. For an alternative to trousers, add 1-3 skirts to your wardrobe that match your style. Otherwise, you can add dresses for different occasions to your capsule wardrobe. For example, a shirt dress, a T-shirt dress, a strappy dress and a maxi dress. Combined with a blazer or a denim jacket, you can create many great outfit combinations, from casual to chic.
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2. Your Way to a Minimalist Wardrobe: 4 Useful Tips for Building a Capsule Wardrobe
- Clean out your wardrobe
Take a look at your wardrobe and get an overview of the things you already own. Sort out items that don't fit you or are past their prime. Get rid of all unnecessary clothes that you have worn for a long time or even never worn before.
- Build a base
Choose clothes that fit you well and are appropriate for your everyday life. Think about what you wear the most. Do you tend to wear dresses and blazers or jeans and a hoodie? Make sure that all (or at least many) pieces have neutral colours so that they can be combined with each other.
- Analyse your individual style
Determine which cuts suit you best and decide on your feel-good pieces. Whether it's a tight fit or an oversized piece, this is where your creativity comes in. Think about which colours look best on you and which statement pieces underline your personality the best. Show who you are in 2023 with just a few individual pieces of clothing.
- Shop more consciously
Add items to your wardrobe that suit you and your everyday life. Before making a purchase, think carefully about whether the item will be useful, fit with the other pieces in your wardrobe, and what occasion you would wear it for. Go for sustainable and fair fashion that is high quality and durable. Even on a small budget, you can find great fair fashion must-haves second-hand.
3. Sustainable Must-Haves for Your Spring 2023 Capsule Wardrobe
The basic T-shirt from recolution
The casual knitted sweater from mela wear
The striped jumper from recolution
The basic top from jan n june
The classic knitted cardigan from jan n june
3.2 Trousers and dresses
The allrounder blue jeans from armedangels
The business trousers from melawear
The trendy dress from recolution
The comfy T-shirt dress from melawear
The elegant shoulder bag from nuuwai
The minimalist backpack from nuuwai
The cool combo of hip bag and cap from nuuwai and phynelabs
If you're still looking for a bag or backpack to add to your wardrobe, you'll find some great inspiration in this video. The lovely Maren introduces you to 7 German sustainable fashion brands that have a great variety of fairly produced bags and accessories. Enjoy!
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Author: Paula Dzionsko
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