Worldwide the fashion industry is a $25 trillion industry that is one of the biggest consumers of water. People go through 80 billion pieces of clothing every year and the average American produces 82 pounds of textile waste annually. This is a far cry from previous generations when clothes were viewed as an investment; something so valuable they were to be tended to, mended and worn for years versus today’s cheap wear “once-and-done” clothing items that are considered so disposal, that we dump pounds into landfills every single day.
In this article I will show you how to create a capsule wardrobe for Fall, Winter and the Holidays, which will allow you to look different every time you wear the same basic pieces while also feeling good about not adding to the mounds of textiles in landfills.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is simply building on what you already own in your wardrobe to create groups of 5-12 related pieces that can be worn in a multitude of combinations.
Here I’m presenting a capsule wardrobe of 7 essential pieces and using my favorite palette colors of red, black and cream with a hint of teal.
The capsule contains these seven pieces:
- Red Ruana
- Cream Ruana
- Black Tuxedo Pants (or Black Trousers)
- Chambray Tuxedo Pants (or Jeans)
- Cream Slacks
- Black Pointed Toe Booties
- Red Pointed Toe Booties
Red Ruana, Black Tuxedo Pants, Black Pointed Toe Booties with red sweater
This look goes from work to play! The red is called a “blue red” hue, so it is not overly bright, which allows it to work for fall and the holidays. Having a ruana in a bold color will help you work it into your wardrobe.
It also helps if you know your color palette as this will save you a lot of money by not buying colors that wash out your complexion or make you look older.
Everyone should have a pair of classic black trousers in their closet; it’s a work horse of any wardrobe that can be dressed up or down, especially for the holidays. However, this year I want to wear a different style trouser.
While also a classic, the black tuxedo pants have just a little bit more “flair” from the silk stripes on the side. While these too have variations, especially to the leg (skinny, wide, straight), this pant style has been and will continue to be around for years to come.
Black Tuxedo Pants, Black Pointed Toe Booties with velvet kimono topper and velvet tank top
With this ensemble, you take the same black tuxedo pant from the first collection and arrange for a more formal event by pairing with a velvet kimono topper and velvet tank top.
This outfit is so comfortable, you will feel almost guilty! Additionally, it allows for dressing up as much as you want with jewelry. I recommend either red or silver.
Red Pointed Toe Booties, Chambray Tuxedo Jeans with chambray blouse
This ensemble will quickly become your go-to outfit! The chambray tuxedo pant with a matching shirt is monochromatic (the same color on the top and bottom). However, adding the red booties also adds confidence and whimsy with its cherry pop of color. Adding a little red to your necklace will pull it all together making the outfit work for numerous occasions.
Red Ruana, Chambray Tuxedo Jeans, Pointed Toe Booties
Pair the red ruana wrap with the tuxedo jeans and booties for a fun and casual, but put together look.
Red Ruana & Cream Pants with red sweater
Luckily, true white is back too, and beautiful as ever. If you are not sure how you will look in cream, find out through your color palette. Or, if you haven’t had your color palette done, go to the department store and try on several items in the color cream.
Cream Ruana, Cream Pants, Black Booties with turtleneck sweater
The final look brings the capsule all together with the cream ruana, cream pants and a turtleneck sweater. Being a true neutral, you can finish off the ensemble with your preference of either black or red booties, both will look amazing!
Two pointers for this season:
- If you buy only one new piece of clothing, make it outerwear or a topper. Why? Because this is what people see first and makes the first impression.
- If your boots or booties are round or almond toe, you may want to consider an update. Pointed toe is in and will be stylish for some time.
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