In my previous post, I mentioned that you don’t have to be a minimalist to have a capsule wardrobe. We can build a wardrobe that lasts a life time if we invest in quality and if we are intentional about the pieces we buy. For today’s post, I wanted to show you exactly how to do that AND how to do it with ethical brands. Buying clothing from ethical brands can be expensive, but especially brands like Everlane and Nisolo, I’ve found the investment to be worth it. And since I’ve already done a ton of posts about building a basic capsule wardrobe, I thought I would give it a twist and create one full of ethical brands. I will go over some basic fundamentals when building a capsule and I will add links to some ethical brands that I love. 

When I work with clients, I try to pay close attention to their existing style. Though I tend to prefer a more casual, modern, and classic style, I want to ensure that I am taking into account the individuality of each of my clients. That being said, if you are wanting to build a capsule wardrobe, there are some basic items that you can buy as wardrobe staples. Everyone needs a solid pair of jeans, a denim jacket, leggings, a beautiful sweater, etc. I decided to put together a basic capsule wardrobe for anyone wanting to work towards creating a cohesive wardrobe. And, because my main goal with this blog is to guide you, the reader, to consider quality items from brands that have ethical practices, why not use those brands to help build a capsule. 

In case you’re new around here, you can read this post where I discuss what defines a brand focused on ethical practices. I’ve also written about shopping less and highlighted one of my favorite brands here. Most of the items mentioned in this post are ones that I’ve been able to feel, see, hold, wear so I feel pretty positive in my endorsement. Let me know if you have any questions because I am more than happy to share my experiences shopping for things that are ethically made. 

When I create a capsule wardrobe, I try to use the following as a basic guide:

  • 6-10 Tops
  • 2-5 Layering Pieces
  • 4- 6 Bottoms
  • 3-4 One Pieces (dresses and/or Jumpsuits)
  • 4-5 Pair of Shoes 
  • Jewelry – 5 Necklaces, 5-7 Earrings, 5 Bracelets


This is a great place to start when building a capsule. Make sure you are buying things within a specific color palette so it all works together and then, as you begin to build your wardrobe beyond this, you can add things you love. If you want to read about how to create your wardrobe from scratch, read my post here

I hope this has been helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with sizing!