Do you have limited space in your closet or a limited budget and you're not sure how to best pick out new clothes? Have you ever heard of a wardrobe capsule?
A wardrobe capsule is a curated collection of clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to have a small number of versatile, high-quality pieces that can be worn in different ways, rather than a large number of trend-focused items that may only be worn a few times. Capsule wardrobes are often used as a way to simplify one's closet and make getting dressed easier. One benefit to modest dressing is that modest clothing tends to incorporate styles that are not so trendy that they will be out of fashion in the next few months. While crop tops may only be in style now, a classic black pencil skirt like this one is a staple that has been in style for years and years.
For example, a simple black modest dress like this one from ModestPop would make a great start to a wardrobe capsule. It can work with so many different sweaters. It can be dressed up with nicer shoes or dressed down with casual shoes, like it is styled in the photo.
Capsule wardrobes can be budget-friendly in the sense that they encourage a focus on investing in high-quality, versatile pieces that can be worn for multiple seasons, rather than constantly buying new, trend-focused items. By having a smaller number of clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits, you may find yourself spending less money on clothes overall. Additionally, because you are buying fewer items, you may be able to afford to invest more in each piece, which can result in a wardrobe made up of higher-quality, longer-lasting items.
Speaking of longer-lasting clothing, what can you do to help your clothing last longer? Washing clothing items on a cool, gentle cycle and hang drying them can help them last longer. Washing clothes on a cool setting can help prevent shrinkage, fading and stretching of clothes, as well as decrease the chance of shrinkage and color fading. Using a gentle cycle can help prevent damage to the fabric, and prolong the life of the clothes.
Hang drying clothes can also help prolong the life of clothing items. The heat and agitation of a dryer can cause shrinkage and damage to the fabric, while hang drying allows clothes to dry gently. It's also a great way to reduce the energy consumed by dryer. As a rule of thumb, I hang dry all of my favorite clothes (besides pajamas, work out clothes, and lounge wear) that I really want to last as long as possible.
Additionally, following the care instructions on the clothing items and avoiding over washing or over drying, can help prolong the life of the clothes.
I started this business 10 years ago and have some basic pieces from ModestPop that have lasted for years. If you want clothes that not only are durable and hold up, but stay in style longer, I recommend buying simple prints and lots of solid colored items. I have a couple of sweaters in my closet from 2013 from ModestPop that I always hang dry and have lasted really well. They never went out of style because they are more classic looking and less trendy.
Take a look at our New Arrivals and see which ones might be a good addition to a capsule wardrobe. We have a good variety of modest dresses, modest skirts, and modest tops that you can mix and match.