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From trendy to timeless: Capsule wardrobes redefine personal fashion

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Alene Keppy
Capsule wardrobes are built on timeless principles; classic clothing items such as a versatile pair of jeans or a chic blazer never go out of fashion.

In a world where people are constantly bombarded with ever-changing fashion trends, the concept of a capsule wardrobe, a curated collection of essential, versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits, stands out as a timeless and practical approach to personal style.  

One of the key advantages of a capsule wardrobe is its inherent sustainability. 

Fast fashion, driven by rapidly changing trends, often leads to overconsumption and waste. By focusing on the quality and timelessness of pieces, a capsule wardrobe encourages a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach to fashion. Investing in durable, classic items means less frequent replacements, reducing overall environmental impact.

The constant pursuit of the latest trends can be time-consuming and exhausting. Short-lived trends are often strategically designed to create a sense of urgency, enticing consumers to make impulsive purchases. This culture of consumerism and overconsumption can eventually lead to financial strain. 

Choosing a capsule wardrobe over trend-chasing allows individuals to break free from this cycle and make more intentional and meaningful purchasing decisions.

Senior Nya Tarpein believes that moving away for college is the perfect opportunity to start curating a capsule wardrobe. 

“When you move away to college, you obviously can’t bring your entire wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe will help you only bring the clothes that are essential, but still stylish… People that are going to college also can’t spend a ton of money, so capsule wardrobes help you think more economically about your sense of style,” Tarpein explained.

In addition to being economical, embracing a capsule wardrobe allows individuals to define and refine their unique style over time. Focusing on timeless pieces encourages a more authentic expression of personal taste, free from the constraints of fleeting trends.

But how does one curate a capsule wardrobe?

Tarpein believes anyone thinking about embracing a capsule wardrobe should first reflect on their personal style.

“Think of the things that you really like. Take a step back, stop thinking about trends, and think of the pieces in your wardrobe that are important to you and make you feel confident. Think about the shapes, silhouettes, necklines and types of pants that make you feel the best and go from there,” Tarpein said. 

After this style reflection, one must take a critical look at their existing clothing items and identify pieces that they frequently wear or have sentimental value. One must donate or sell items that no longer align with their style or lifestyle. 

When shopping for new pieces, opt for timeless, high-quality basics that can easily be mixed and matched. Neutral colors like black, white, gray and navy form a solid foundation, allowing for effortless coordination. Choose versatile pieces that can transition seamlessly from casual to more formal occasions.

When senior Celia Brown was building her capsule wardrobe, she realized that, “good, high quality basics usually cost more money than [she] wanted to spend.” Brown explained that it is important to look for, “in-between cost options that will last a long time and are basic enough to move through different styles.”

Accessories can elevate and diversify one’s outfits without cluttering their closet. Invest in a few key accessories like scarves, belts and versatile shoes to add flair and variety to a capsule wardrobe.

To maintain the integrity of a capsule wardrobe, many people adopt the one-in, one-out rule. For every new item a person buys, they remove an existing one. This approach prevents unnecessary accumulation and ensures the wardrobe remains streamlined.

In contrast to the exhaustive pursuit of short-lived trends, a capsule wardrobe liberates individuals from the pressures of impulsive consumerism. Breaking free from the cycle of wastefulness empowers mindful decision making, allowing for more intentional and meaningful purchases. By choosing enduring pieces over fleeting trends, individuals can cultivate more sustainable wardrobes and celebrate the journey of personal expression through style.

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Alene Keppy, Feature Editor, Opinion Editor
Alene Keppy is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as the Feature Editor and Opinion Editor for the Spartan Shield. At PV, Alene is involved with Spartan Assembly, A Positive Place, and Leading Tones Jazz Choir. Alene is also a member of the Girls Tennis Team. She enjoys baking and has a part-time job at Small Town Pastry. In her free time, Alene loves being with her friends, watching movies, and listening to music. 

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    Folu AdekunleApr 7, 2024 at 9:39 pm

    I really like the idea behind the capsule wardrobe. I find trend-chasing to be very toxic.

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