Capsule wardrobes have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. A capsule wardrobe is a way of curating your closet to contain a set amount of items which can be mixed and matched multiple ways. While the word ‘capsule’ in the fashion world previously referred to ‘capsule collections,’ the slow fashion movement has taken it to the streets! While designer capsule collections are often created to try and convince consumers that they need to buy everything in their line, capsule wardrobes celebrate the reuse and re-styling of items we already have. Sustainable fashion Blogger Lee Vosburgh, of StyleBee, made the “10x10 challenge” popular in 2015. This challenge consists of narrowing down your wardrobe to 10 items and rocking them together for 10 days. The difference between the 10x10 challenge and the “Glam Capsule” challenge is that the latter is all jazzed up. Author and ethical fashion advocate Elizabeth Cline created this social media challenge this year with the aim of proving that conscious fashion can be for everyone. It’s easy to focus on basics when embarking on the 10x10 challenge, which is a wonderful way to learn about layering! However, the #glamcapsulechallenge pushes people to go out of their comfort zone and into the spotlight. Both of these challenges are tests of creativity and can help hone person style. Sustainable fashion doesn’t have to look one way. It can mold to your personal style and become your own. While capsule challenges, and ethical fashion at large, are depicted on mostly one type of person (thin, white, well-off, minimalist) they are for everyone.
It’s funny that I’m here writing advice about summer dressing because I consider myself basically a vampire who lives in Los Angeles. Although I’m not queen of this sunny season, I have learned some great ways to stay cool and stylish during the heat! Summer dressing tips can be broken down into three categories: wearing the right styles, wearing the right fabrics, and wearing the right colors.
Although Swap Society is based in Los Angeles, where the sun scorches almost 365 days of the year, we have a huge appreciation for seasonal wardrobes. It feels healthy to have a clear break from jackets and sweaters, and a move to shorts and sundresses. We’ve spoken about the art of capsule wardrobes before, and still believe that simplifying your closet will simplify your life. Considering we don’t all live in sunny LA, curating these seasonal wardrobes will look different for each individual. For East Coast-ers it may be more straightforward; pack or swap the parkas, hats, and gloves in order to make room for tank tops and sandals. For those of us in the sunshine state it might prove to be a bit more complicated, like rearranging your closet to have warmer weather outfits in the front and slightly bulkier items out of reach. If you live somewhere where the weather fluctuates no matter what time of year it is (ahem, Bay Area) it’s important not to completely dispose of jackets and coats because the fog could roll in without a moment’s notice. Here are three different ways to optimize your closet for the best summer yet!
Recently there’s been a lot of hype around capsule wardrobes, but what are they? The word capsule usually refers to something small or shortened, so in this case it means a smaller wardrobe. Curating your closet like this means having fewer, higher-quality pieces, instead of having many low-quality items. When putting together a capsule wardrobe you have to think about versatility and durability.