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Woman sorts her wardrobe Valerii Apetroaiei

Capsule wardrobe – the sustainable option

Resolutions don’t always have to be hard to keep: we show you how a well-sorted wardrobe is sustainable, while also saving you money, space and stress!

Minimalistic and sustainable: Capsule wardrobe

Minimalism is on everybody’s lips – it saves money, space and stress. Less is also more when it comes to the wardrobe: the current trend here is known as the capsule wardrobe. Even though the idea has been around since the 1970s, there is now a renewed focus on it as a result of people’s sustainability awareness.

Achieving such a pared-down wardrobe starts with a good clear-out – until your personal clothing collection only contains garments that are actually regularly worn. To make it effective, the items of clothing should ideally fit into one colour scheme and one style so that they can all be combined with one another. This will turn a few individual garments into a wide range of outfits – without the need for a walk-in wardrobe. Spending ages looking for the right outfit will then be a thing of the past! We show you how to create your very own capsule wardrobe, what you need to bear in mind and how to best deal with the things you are throwing out.

Preparation Clear out the wardrobe and do something good

The overriding aim of your personal capsule wardrobe is to only keep items of clothing that can be combined in various ways as well as those that you like and make you feel good. This may be old favourites or new acquisitions – the main thing is that you simply enjoy wearing them.

It is up to you to decide exactly how many items of clothing you want to keep. As a guide, however, most wardrobe minimalists these days work with roughly 37 items per season – including jackets and shoes, but not socks or underwear. The general rule is: the more minimalistic, the better.

Our tip: Think about how you pack your case for a holiday. What always comes with you? What tends to always be left behind? Also think about clothes that you need for work and perhaps exercise. This will give you an initial idea of which clothes can be cleared out, because they are rarely or never worn.

Incidentally, you will find some great tips on getting rid of clothes in our article Clearing out the wardrobe – how to do it properly.

Once you have only the clothes left over that you really want to keep, you can start putting things away in the wardrobe again. Only items of clothing that are currently in season should be left over. You should ideally sort the clothes for the rest of the year by season and then store them away in boxes. You can find a summary of the best way to go about this in the article Surviving the winter – the right way to store summer things

Depending on your preference, you can sell the unwanted clothing at car boot sales or at the nearest second-hand shop – both options are also available online as a Covid-safe alternative! Or you could give them away privately or donate them to a charitable organisation. Here you will also find lots or fair and sustainable options online.

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What’s your type? Outfit matching made easy

Yet how does your pared-down wardrobe become a capsule wardrobe? Each wardrobe is as individual as the person who owns it. Start by looking at what is left over after clearing out the wardrobe and what you like about it. Can a certain style perhaps be identified? Do certain colours or fashions appear more frequently than others? 

If you are not quite sure what your style is, a mood board can help you. This may be digital on Pinterest, for example, or analogue in the form of catalogue and magazine cuttings – a visual composition of clothing that you like will give you an idea of your taste and style.

Generally speaking, timeless and classic styles and colours are always the most enduring. At the same time, they are also the easiest to combine.

That said, the look does not have to be exclusively plain and understated. Depending on personal taste, it can also include patterns and striking styles. The trick is to find a good mix of basic and statement clothes that not only make the outfits more varied, but also more individual above all else. The most important thing of all is to ensure that you nonetheless enjoy combining and wearing these clothes on a regular basis. It tends to be a good idea to lend items of clothing that are worn on one-off occasions. This saves both money and space and is especially sustainable.

However, one thing above all else counts when maximising your options to combine clothing – the right colour concept. Ultimately, the aim is not simply to have fewer clothes, but actually combine them all in the most straightforward way possible. To this end, you should ideally opt for one basic colour – depending on your taste and type, this may be black, white or even blue for fans of jeans. This should be complemented by two neutral colours that go well with the basic colour, but are rather muted, and one accent colour. 

The accent colour is particularly well suited to accessories, such as scarves, belts, bags or jewellery. They always make sure that the minimalistic wardrobe doesn’t look too dreary and that there is always a common thread running through it (in the truest sense of the word). This allows you to create highlights and constantly reinvent a simple look such as jeans and a T-shirt.

The fit and the material are also particularly important for establishing a lasting relationship between an individual and their clothing: at this point, ask yourself what fits you particularly well and doesn’t feel too tight, and what you feel especially comfortable wearing. After all, these are the clothes that you will also be wearing most frequently.

By the way: Persil Service can help you to give your favourite items of clothing the right care so that they last as long as possible. Every item of clothing is given the best care and can also be mended by Persil Repair Service if necessary. You can find all the information at www.persil-service.de and in the Persil Service app – both convenient and mobile. Now available to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.