Updating your closet for fall? Consider a capsule wardrobe: An easy way to feel your best every day by figuring out your personal style and keeping it simple. And since we’re Leena & Lu, we want to help make your daily uniform sustainable too — just like our 100% organic cotton womens pajamas and loungewear. Read on for our recommendations.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
First things first: A capsule wardrobe is the concept of editing down your clothing to key pieces you can remix endlessly. The number of items and what they are is up to you. Most fashionistas aim for 25-30 core elements, not counting shoes and accessories.
How do I create a capsule wardrobe?
- Pick your palette
Neutrals. Patterns. Pops of color. Open your closet and take a step back to see your personal color story. This will be your starting point for your capsule collection.
To keep things simple, start with about three base colors. Then add two to three accent colors and two to three patterns. Even things like stripes and florals can be worn together if they’re in the same color palette — or you can keep patterns to one-and-done garments like dresses, since they don’t have to match as much.
- Identify your basics
What are the clothing items you reach for again and again? Maybe it’s jeans and a tee, maybe it’s supersoft joggers in comfy cotton. Whatever suits your shape and style, make sure it makes you feel confident and comfortable. These will be the building blocks for your capsule wardrobe.
- Curate your core pieces
Key capsule wardrobe basics that carry over from season to season include cotton T-shirts, the perfect pair of jeans and, of course, the little black dress.
Invest in these essentials, and keep them environmentally friendly too. Some sustainable chic finds we love include the Harris white button-down from Able, the Lovetrust Pima rib knit tank and Everlane Cheeky Jeans.
Once you find the perfect basic, follow the care instructions to help it last.
Capsule wardrobe outfit ideas
WIth a few styling tricks, your Leena & Lu loungewear set can seamlessly fit into your capsule wardrobe season after season.
Keep your jogger set casual with a sustainable Able denim jacket and sneakers. Or separate the pieces to mix and match the long sleeve top with a blazer or a recycled cashmere Madewell cardigan and tailored pants. Top the joggers with a button-down to elevate the look.
A T-shirt dress is a perfect basic that can be styled endlessly with jackets, leggings and boots in the fall, and sandals and statement jewelry in the spring. Black blends seamlessly into a neutral color palette while a statement color like red will draw all eyes to you.
Final style notes: When shopping for a few key pieces to update your wardrobe each season, keep impulse buys in check with some basic guidelines. Each item you purchase should match at least three other pieces you already own. It should fit into your core palette or your accent colors. And if it’s an update on something you already have, you should recycle the previous piece.
Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? What styling tips and tricks did you try? Share your chic sustainable finds on Instagram @leenaandlu or by email at email@example.com.