Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe Summer 2023
Minimalism is becoming increasingly popular in society and more and more people are turning their wardrobes into capsule wardrobes. These are wardrobes that consist of just a few timeless pieces that work perfectly together.
Are you new to capsule wardrobes or looking for inspiration for a sustainable capsule wardrobe for summer 2023? Here are our must-haves for building and expanding your minimalist wardrobe for summer 2023.
Table of contents
1. Definition 'Capsule Wardrobe'
2. Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe
2.2 Saving Time, Money and Nerves
2.3 Protecting the Environment
3. Easy step-by-step Guide to your Capsule Wardrobe
3.1 Step 1: Use what you have
3.2 Step 2: Now you can start looking for new trousers, shirts and accessories
4. Sustainable Trend Overview 2023
4.1 Country Style Trend und Cowboy Boots
4.2 Fashion Trend Materials
4.2.1 Trend Material 2023: Silk
4.2.2 Trend Material 2023: Linen
4.3 Pastel Color Trend
Definition 'Capsule Wardrobe'
Capsule wardrobe still means nothing to you? Then let's start with a quick definition Definition:
A capsule wardrobe is a minimalist wardrobe that consists of few timeless pieces that work perfectly together – and can be filled with trendy items as the seasons change.
Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe
So why a capsule wardrobe for summer 2023? A capsule wardrobe has two major benefits for you and our environment:
Saving Time, Money and Nerves
A capsule wardrobe is timeless in terms of fashion. This means you are no longer dependent on short-term trends. High-quality, sustainable basics often cost more than fast-fashion fads, but you save time and money in the long run. After all, you have to buy new clothes much less often and throw away fewer items after a short period of wear.
Another money-saving tip: Buy second-hand! Your capsule wardrobe doesn't have to be all brand new.
As well as the cost savings, many people find it a relief not having to keep an eye on the latest trends, but always having the right outfit at hand with their sustainable capsule wardrobe. You can save a lot of time by not having to think about possible combinations when searching through your wardrobe in the morning, as everything goes with everything.
Protecting the Environment
A capsule wardrobe has many positive effects on our environment, especially if it consists of sustainable clothing. A big and important issue in the fashion industry is waste. Every year, the textile industry produces 92 million tonnes of waste. And a big part of that are clothes that simply got out of style and were therefore thrown away. (Source: https://science.orf.at/stories/3200522/#:~:text=Auch%20das%20trage%20zu%20den,die%20die%20Modeindustrie%20j%C3%A4hrlich%20produziert. ) With your sustainable capsule wardrobe, you can make a difference: You can wear your basics for years without them going out of fashion.
Tip: If you also invest in a high-quality and sustainable capsule wardrobe, your clothes will last even longer!
Easy step-by-step guide to your Capsule Wardrobe
And now for our step-by-step guide to your sustainable capsule wardrobe for summer 2023! There are just two simple steps to follow:
Step 1: Use what you have
Take a look at all the clothes you already own. Sort them into items you want to include in your capsule wardrobe and items you no longer need. The capsule wardrobe rules are simple: Keep everything you love and that can be mixed and matched. Sort out what can only be combined with one or two other pieces, or what you simply don't enjoy wearing anymore. After all, fashion should also be fun as a capsule wardrobe!
Tip: If you don't want to give away your discarded clothes straight away, store them in a box in the attic or cellar. This will give you time to try out the capsule wardrobe principle.
By the end of this step, you'll probably already have a good base of basic pieces and also have taken a big step towards a more conscious wardrobe. Great!
Step 2: Now you can start looking for new trousers, shirts and accessories
A capsule wardrobe doesn't equal a shopping-ban. It's more about a more conscious approach to fashion. If you are missing basic pieces, fill them in first. Already owning a fashionable basis of basic pieces, it will be much easier for you to deal with trendy pieces in a thoughtful way. After all, you no longer "need" them.
Of course, it can still be fun to keep up with the latest fashion trends and jump on the bandwagon. Especially if you've already had a capsule wardrobe for a while, new trend pieces can bring a breath of fresh air to your wardrobe. This also doesn't necessarily contradict the capsule wardrobe principle: There are also long-term fashion trends with new cuts, colours and materials that can become part of your wardrobe for a long time.
Our Tip: Take a look at the current trends in the comfort of your own home and decide what you really like and what you can easily incorporate into your style for years to come. Now you can actively search for these pieces and add them to your capsule wardrobe long term.
Sustainable Fashion Trends 2023
Having trouble keeping track of this summer's trends? Here is our sustainable trend roundup for summer 2023 with matching fashion offerings that are all vegan and sustainable:
Country Style Trend und Cowboy Boots
A very special fashion trend for summer 2023 is the country style. It's all about eye-catching statement pieces in a Wild West look. 'Eye-catching pieces' sounds like a no-go to the capsule wardrobe principle. But that's not entirely true. As long as they work with the rest of your style and are easy to mix and match, statement pieces can take their place in your sustainable capsule wardrobe.
THE item that no country outfit should miss: Cowboy boots! And we have to admit, we too have fallen in love with this it-piece. Unfortunately, as with any fashion trend, much of what is on offer is not sustainable. Leather is often used in the production of trendy country-style boots to achieve the original leather cowboy boot look. As a result, many styles are not vegan. However, we have found a brand that offers vegan, sustainable cowboy boots in many different colors and styles, making them perfect for your capsule wardrobe: A perfect Jane!
A perfect jane – Sofie vegan boots in white
Fashion Trend Materials
A general fashion trend of 2023: Choosing materials more consciously. A trend with great potential for the sustainable and vegan fashion industry!
Trend Material 2023: Silk
The Trend Fabric 2023: Silk. Silk scarves in particular are experiencing a real revival. A great trend for the eye, but a setback for the environment and animals. Silk is not vegan: It comes from the cocoons of the silkworm, a small caterpillar. To obtain the silk threads, the cocoons, including the caterpillar, are placed in boiling water, which causes the caterpillars inside to die. Silk is therefore an animal fibre. (Source: https://vegavita.at/ist-seide-vegan/#:~:text=Um%20an%20den%20Seidenfaden%20zu,Faserstoff%20und%20somit%20nicht%20vegan. )
The good news is that there are already vegan silk-look scarves on the market, like these from sustainable brand cossac:
COSSAC – Print ecovero multiway scarf
Nagore x COSSAC – Mini Scarf
Vegan "silk scarves": Check! But what are the best capsule wardrobe combinations with this accessory? Our favorite fashion hack: scarf handles! All you need is one of your capsule wardrobe bags and a vegan scarf. Just wrap the scarf around the handles of the bag and secure the ends. This way, you can give both, your silk scarf and your bag, a whole new and modern look. All using pieces you already own. Capsule wardrobe at its best!
Haven't quite got the hang of it yet? Check out our video tutorial:
@nuuwaivegan Viral scarf bag hack made sustainable ✔️🌱 With our vegan pillow bag Lïnn in caramel brown 🤎 #scarfbag #fashionhacks #fashiondiy #sustainablefashiontiktok ♬ Authentic Privilege - DJ BAI
Trend Material 2023: Linen
Our second Trend Material for 2023: Linen! Because linen is simply the perfect light fabric for warm summer days, preferably combined with wide and airy cuts. Linen is an indigenous natural fibre, biodegradable and requires far less water to grow than cotton, for example. (Source: https://utopia.de/ratgeber/leinen-so-nachhaltig-ist-flachs/#:~:text=Grunds%C3%A4tzlich%20ist%20Leinen%20ein%20sehr,f%C3%BCr%20den%20%C3%B6kologischen%20Anbau%20eignet. )
A fair fashion linen dress we fell in love with this summer is 'Ella' by Kuyichi:
Kuyichi – linen dress 'Ella' in light sand melange
Pastel Color Trend
This summer's most colorful trend: pastels!
No wonder, these beautiful shades will get you right in the mood for summer. Any pastel color will do: pink, purple, blue, yellow... But our favorites are pastel blue, green and purple. To celebrate this colorful trend, we have just launched our vegan pillow bag LÏNN in two great new pastel colors:
nuuwaï – LÏNN in dusty blue
nuuwaï – LÏNN in pistachio green
In terms of inspiration, you should now be perfectly prepared to create your sustainable capsule wardrobe for summer 2023. All you need now are the right pieces! Starting with vegan and timeless bags from our Nuuwaï online shop.
Author: Annika Gartmann