Capsule collections: 5 pieces, 30 outfits
I have spent far more time than I care to admit staring into my over packed closet wondering what to wear. It’s really a vicious cycle. When events come up it usually involves a frantic trip to the mall to purchase a new outfit that will likely get one or two wears and end up sitting in the back of my closest. Not only does this result in an unbalanced wardrobe but it also lends to a closet filled with questionable pieces!
This is why the concept of capsule collections is pure genius.
Photo credit: Vetta / Author: Brittany
Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux who owned a London boutique in the 1970s. The idea became more popular back in 1985 thanks to Donna Karen who released a capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces. Capsule fashion is an approach to style that uses a handful of simple, versatile items that will take care of all your needs. A good capsule line means everything can be mixed and matched, dressed up or down, worn to work or on an evening out, giving you much needed options!
My favourite example of a capsule collection has to be the newly released Vetta Collection by co-founders Vanessa Zyl and Carla Bartlett. The collection features five well planned pieces (including a top, a tunic, a two-piece dress, a long sleeveless vest and culottes) that can be made into 30 different outfits. Carefully selected pieces in neutral colours give the collection endless options.
The company beautifully illustrates below how each outfit can be worn.
photo credit: Vetta
It’s easy to see why this company was able to raise close to $100,000 in one month through Kickstarter. Not only are all the items timeless but they also manage to be very on trend. All items are made locally in the US using ethical pieces. Two items are made from tencel, a biodegradable sustainable harvested wood using recycled solvents. I can't wait to see how people will be styling them. That’s the beauty with style, you don’t need to wear a new outfit every day to look great - you just need to get creative and style it differently.
In a world filled with fast fashion that is wreaking havoc on our environment, de-valuing our labour force and filling our closest’s with one time wears, capsule collections are a genius way to chose quality over quantity, streamline our wardrobes and take back control.
Fjordlife is not affiliated with the Vetta company in any way - we just genuinely love the collection.
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