The saying “less is more” is becoming increasingly relevant, and with a focus on sustainable fashion, the capsule wardrobe is earning its stripes now more than ever. There’s no denying that something to the idea of only owning pieces you’ll wear regularly and that are sourced ethically.
If you’re wondering how to create a capsule wardrobe, it’s easier than you think. Basically, you’re aiming to create a closet containing a few essential and timeless items that can be paired with seasonal pieces. Think a classic trench with a cigarette pant and basic tee. Easy, right?
Now for the ethical part. As more big brands jump on the sustainable bandwagon, we’re seeing a move away from fast fashion toward more carefully considered pieces. Top tier, you have labels like Stella McCartney, Eileen Fisher, Mara Hoffman and Rag & Bone leading the charge, with Australian brands like Viktoria and Woods, Manning Cartell, Bianca Spender and ethical clothing site Well Made, following suit. (Let’s not forget about sustainability stalwarts Veja and The Reformation).
But if you’re after something a little friendlier to your hip pocket, your budget-friendly go-to’s are also focused on sustainable sourcing and ethical design. Kmart’s recent partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative is a great example of larger companies focusing more on ethical practices. Their promise? To source 100 per cent of their cotton more sustainably by July 2020.
So, to get you started, we’ve pulled together some pieces to kick start your ethical capsule wardrobe, and none of them will break the bank.
The Staple Jeans
The Basic Tee
The Versatile Black Dress
The Statement Piece