How to build a capsule wardrobe

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Could a capsule wardrobe be the solution to our fashion problems? 

Reality is we all know our obsession with fast fashion is having a dramatic effect on our planet, but for many of us we’ve just blissfully ignored the issue. However, Stacey Dooley’s recent documentary has exposed fashions dirty secrets and taken the problem mainstream. Bringing the problem into the limelight has given us the kick up the bum we need to take a step back from our unhealthy buying habits and ask ourselves what we can do to minimise the destruction. I personally believe in the concept of buying less, but buying better.

The huge success of fast fashion relies on consumers purchasing products they don’t truly value or need; with consumption unleashing an addictive dopamine hit it’s easy to see why we get trapped in this circle of consumption. Fast fashion has also led to depreciation of how we value our clothing; we have become accustomed to buying clothing with the intention of only wearing it a few times. With many brands favouring quantity over quality, we are purchasing items we know aren’t going to last us the year and this needs to stop.

Building a capsule wardrobe full of quality, essentials is a great way to encourage responsible and sustainable spending. A capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal style, you can interpret the concept of a capsule wardrobe in a way to suit your own style and needs. Creating one is a long process and isn’t something you will achieve overnight, however, I truly believe the benefits that come from building one is worth it.

I love so many fashionable influencers on Instagram who don’t buy into the usual fast fashion brands and buy quality clothes which, shock, they wear more than once!!!


Some of my favourites are:





Start with a wardrobe clear-out

The first step into creating a capsule wardrobe is having a good de-clutter! But please make sure you get rid of your unwanted clothes responsibly! Do this by donating them to your local charity shops, giving them to friends and family or selling what you can on places such as Depop or Ebay.


Learn what your wardrobe truly needs

Now you’ve decluttered you should give yourself time to live with your wardrobe as it is and learn what items you truly need. Don’t rush into buying new items, see what it’s like to live with less clothing, this way you won’t quickly fall back into your old spending habits. What your wardrobe needs will depend on your lifestyle and personal style, everybody is different so what your wardrobe might need will most probably differ to what I need.


It will take time

Creating a capsule wardrobe is a long process, I’ve been at it for over a year now and it’s still not complete. Investing and finding the perfect pieces for you will take time and isn’t something you should rush into. Just be honest about your lifestyle and what you need from your wardrobe and purchase clothing responsibly.

I hope that this gave you some food for thought. It’s time for each and every one of us to take a serious look at how our spending habits are effecting the environment. Creating a capsule wardrobe might not be the solution for you, but for others it can be a great tool in helping to create sustainable spending habits. I would love to know if you’re thinking of building a capsule wardrobe or are currently in the process of doing so!

(I would also love it if you followed me on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin)

Shop my capsule wardrobe: 

#1 The best winter warmer

Jakke London Faux Fur Coat (£170)

#2 The classic black boot

Topshop lace up boots (£39)

#3 Statement but wearable trousers

H&M Paperbag check trousers (£24.99)

#4 A knitted jumper 

All Saints Knitted Jumper (£118)

#5 Skinny Jeans

Levis 501 jeans (£110)



  1. February 8, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    I am fascinated by the concept of capsule wardrobe! Maybe someday I will have a amazing capsule wardrobe and not a mess of a wardrobe like I do now. 🙂 Thanks for writing this.
    Laura /

    • abbienicholson96
      February 11, 2019 / 9:47 am

      Thank you for reading! Don’t worry, my capsule wardrobe is still a work in progress…

  2. March 4, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Wow, such amazing tips. I love the images you used, super helpful my future capsule wardrobe is pending! Love this

    • abbienicholson96
      March 4, 2019 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you! Yes lets get building our capsule wardrobes!!!

  3. March 4, 2019 / 6:23 pm

    I take my ‘de-cluttered’ items to the local women’s shelter.
    They always desperately need an influx of gently used garments.
    It was amazing — once the massive purge was complete — how few things I needed to finish out a wardrobe.
    It also makes us better shoppers – when in a store, we actually target what to buy. Don’t find it — then don’t buy.
    Great advice.

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