The capsule wardrobe is a modern, sustainable way to approach clothing consumption

37 pieces. 25 pieces. 16 pieces. The capsule wardrobe may no longer have a precise definition, but it's changing the way consumers think about their clothing. A consciously curated wardrobe with a few, high-quality pieces creates a sustainable solution to the pollution problems posted by fast-fashion. Younger fashion-forward buyers are latching onto the capsule wardrobe movement, and thus disrupting the clothing industry. Here's the past, present, and future of the capsule wardrobe, and a few specific pieces that many consumers are looking for to complete their minimalist look.

The Origins of the Capsule Wardrobe

Susie Faux, owner of the London-based boutique Wardrobe first coined the term "capsule wardrobe" as early as the 1970s. Faux described a capsule wardrobe as a small collection of essential clothing items that never go out of style. The original capsule wardrobe included skirts, pants, tops, and coats with a few seasonable items peppered throughout.

The idea was golden from the onset, but Donna Karan made the concept even more popular in 1985, when she released her own line of seven interchangeable professional pieces. These "7 Easy Pieces" of clothing, as we would now describe them, went viral. The popularity of the capsule wardrobe continued to grow over the years, specifically in Britain and America. It is now a common term referring to a small collection of interchangeable clothing, allowing the wearer to create a large number of outfits from a few coordinating items. The key to the capsule wardrobe remains a combination of classic styles and neutral colors.

The Official Guidelines to Creating the Capsule

There are five basic rules to follow when creating a capsule wardrobe. When consumers abide by these simple considerations, they are able to easily generate a long-lasting, coordinating capsule that fits the bill. 

1.    Body Shape. When buyers know what cuts and styles look best on their body, they are able to maximize these looks, and avoid all other, non-ideal clothing cuts. Every piece of the capsule wardrobe should be flattering to the owner's unique body composition.

       2.   Skin Tone. Similarly to the body shape consideration, buyers should pay attention to colors that aid the wearer in a               healthy, bright appearance. Skin tone is one of the key considerations when following the next guideline…