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Capsule Wardrobe Essentials (A Step-by-Step Guide)

Building a capsule wardrobe is a significant step forward for conscious consumers. Not only does it feel good to simplify your closet, but it also guides you to find a timeless sense of style. What's more, it prevents us needlessly buying new items, supporting us to take a more sustainable approach to consumerism.

At Zany&Shy, capsule wardrobe essentials form a vital part of our design and production process; we want every piece to be versatile, whether worn for brunch with your friends or a work conference. Most importantly, ourjewelry is designed to last a lifetime so that you can pass it down for generations. Discover how to build a capsule wardrobe with Zany&Shy!

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a selection of high-quality pieces that you love, designed to last for years to come. It is made up of items that you can mix and match effortlessly to combine new looks. This saves you from ever thinking, ‘I need to buy…’ because you know you already have the most beautiful staple clothing in your wardrobe. 

When creating your capsule wardrobe, don’t choose on-trend items. Instead, select clothing that will never go out of style. By doing this, you won’t end up discarding items or only wearing them once.

Why Build a Capsule Wardrobe?

We live in a world of consumerism, where we buy into seasonal trends which quickly go out of fashion (only to come around again 10 years later—we’re looking at you low-rise jeans!). The problem with this is that we choose quantity over quality, buying cheaper, low-quality materials to stay in style. 

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The Effects of Fast Fashion

So what are the harmful effects of this way of shopping? It means increased demand for clothing and accessories, which, in turn, creates unethical working standards; people want to buy cheap clothing, which means cheap labor! 

It also creates enormous pressure on the planet. Through clothing production, more fossil fuels are pumped out into the atmosphere to run factories, water resources are depleted, and leftover stock is dumped in landfills at the end of each season. Instead, if we buy high-quality items occasionally, we can add to our capsule wardrobe, reducing both our waste and carbon footprint. Plus, you’ll get more for your money; you’ll hopefully wear these items for years to come and even pass them onto others! Initially, the investment can seem scary, but, ultimately, it's one hundred percent worth it when you break down the cost per wear. Building a capsule wardrobe will save you so much money in the long run!

Slow Fashion: A Zany&Shy Sustainable Promise

Zany&Shy Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

At Zany&Shy, we take a high-quality approach to sustainable jewelry, believing that there is a world where luxury and sustainability can go hand-in-hand. Our jewelry is designed to be worn for a lifetime using durable, sustainable materials and a handmade artisan approach. We want these to become staple pieces in your capsule wardrobe—the earrings that go with every outfit, the sentimental necklace, the diamond bracelet passed down for generations. With this in mind, we’ve put together 4 easy steps to building your capsule wardrobe…

Step 1: Organize Your Closet 

Organizing your closet is the first of many exciting steps in building your capsule wardrobe.

Choose a Color Palette

First, arrange your items into colors, and ask yourself, ‘what colors am I immediately drawn to?’. Start mixing and matching these pieces, discovering which combinations are a true reflection of your individual style. You’ll now have a good indication of the items you love.

Make sure that these items are also the ones you continue to wear year on year; those versatile pieces that you know always go with everything (black jeans, a classic trench coat, or nude heels). 

Identify Your Most-Loved Items

After you've decided on your most-loved items, take a look at those that are left. Pick out the ones you love but maybe don’t wear for some reason, perhaps because they don’t fit or are out of season. Set them aside to be taken to a tailor for resizing and mending, or add them to your winter or summer closet.

Donate and Repurpose

Lastly, you’ll be left with the pieces you never wear. Donate these clothes or consider repurposing them into items that could form a part of your capsule wardrobe.

Tip:fearful of throwing out your clothing and committing to a capsule wardrobe? Pick out 15 classic items in your closet and only wear these for the next two weeks. See how it feels and what you miss; you’ll quickly discover your capsule wardrobe-essentials. When doing this, it’s often best to stick with neutrals, whites, and darks. It’s ok to have colorful items, but it can be hard to match items together when you’ve got too broad a color palette. 

Step 2: Categorize Your Capsule Wardrobe Accessories

Time to organize your accessories! Using the same principle as above, start organizing your jewelry, hats, and bags into piles: 'love', 'love but don’t wear', and 'only worn once or twice'. Look at the accessories you have left and ensure they can be used interchangeably with other items in your capsule wardrobe.

Step 3: Ensure You Have Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

Have some fun and start playing with the clothes you have, pairing them together to create looks. You might create a staple night-out look, a classic work outfit, or a casual weekend look. Make sure these looks can be pulled apart, mixed, and matched to create other looks. If you’re finding some pieces hard to pair, then it’s likely they don’t form a part of a capsule wardrobe. 

Look at everything you have created and see if it’s a true reflection of your style and lifestyle. For example, if you spend most of your time outdoors in nature, you won’t have much use for a smart shoe collection.

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Step 4: The Beginning of Life with a Capsule Wardrobe!

You might have identified some gaps in your capsule wardrobe, such as a pair of minimal hoops that can be worn both day and night or a staple pair of black jeans. If you want to buy capsule wardrobe essentials, make sure it’s a worthwhile investment that you'll continue to love.

Additionally, always choose high-quality, sustainable, and ethical materials from companies that are transparent in their practices. Although it may be tempting to purchase low-cost jeans from fast fashion houses, there is a reason they come with such a low price tag; they have been made unethically in countries like India or China by workers who are not paid a fair wage. What’s more, after creation, the product is then flown halfway across the world, raising your carbon footprint in the process. 

Remember: Clothing and accessories are not meant to be cheap! When you consider the work put into their creation, the price tag is always fair. 

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials with Zany&Shy

At Zany&Shy, we use a made-to-order approach to create an item that’s unique to you. This means you can make any specifications before production, so your jewelry arrives exactly as desired, preventing returns. We also make a conscious choice not to use a warehouse and save on stock wastage. 

Benefits of made-to-order jewelry

Once you have purchased, we send the design to our small, family-run manufacturer in Italy, where your piece is handmade by some of the finest artisans. They put so much time and effort into their craft, creating the finest high-quality jewelry. We also use sustainable materials, like lab-grown diamonds and gemstones, and recycled 18k gold. In doing so, we ensure there is no negative impact on the planet and its communities. 

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By investing in sustainable jewelry, you're investing in small, ethical businesses, creating beautiful moments for yourself and others. We hope Zany&Shy pieces will hold great sentimental value for you and remain a part of your capsule wardrobe for years to come.

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