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The complete guide to creating your perfect capsule wardrobe

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Do you find yourself struggling every morning to put together a comfortable outfit? Do you often feel like you have nothing to wear in your wardrobe? If you're facing these challenges, you're not alone!

Starting your day with a positive mindset becomes difficult when choosing an outfit feels like a daunting task. However, there's a simple solution: building a capsule wardrobe. By curating a capsule wardrobe, you can confidently present yourself to the world with a thoughtfully selected collection of outfits that you genuinely love.

This comprehensive guide will walk you through what a capsule wardrobe is, why it's beneficial, and how you can create one that perfectly suits your style and lifestyle.


A capsule wardrobe is a carefully chosen collection of interchangeable clothing pieces that complement one another. These pieces are typically timeless and classic, designed to withstand passing trends, and often feature neutral colors. With a capsule wardrobe, you can create a wide variety of outfits using a minimal selection of clothes.

A rack of clothing with organic cotton black shift dress in knee length with pockets, long & asymmetrical cut by Malaika New York


While the concept of a capsule wardrobe gained popularity on social media in recent years, its origins trace back several decades. In the 1970s, Susie Faux opened a boutique called "Wardrobe" in London. Her store offered minimalist clothing that was versatile, high quality, and easily mix-and-matchable. Faux aimed to empower women by helping them gain confidence in their appearance.

The concept of a capsule wardrobe reached the United States in 1985 when designer Donna Karan introduced her "Seven Easy Pieces" line. Karan's models showcased various outfits using just seven versatile clothing pieces. The fashion show was a resounding success, sparking widespread interest in the idea of having an interchangeable and minimalist wardrobe. Today, the popularity of capsule wardrobes continues to rise as they simplify and enhance our lives.


There are numerous reasons why building a capsule wardrobe can greatly benefit you:

  1. LESS DECISION FATIGUE: Our brains have a limited capacity for making decisions. By having a capsule wardrobe composed of clothes that work well together and that you love, you can reduce decision fatigue when selecting your daily outfit.

  2. MORE TIME: A curated wardrobe saves you time. By understanding your personal style and what suits you, you'll know exactly what to buy. Shopping becomes a quick and focused process, eliminating the mindless browsing. Additionally, with a capsule wardrobe, you won't waste time searching through piles of clothes, believing you have nothing to wear.

  3. SUSTAINABILITY: A capsule wardrobe aligns with a sustainable approach to fashion. You'll mainly own timeless pieces that won't go out of style. Since you have fewer clothes, you'll wear each piece more frequently, reducing waste. Many capsule wardrobe enthusiasts also invest in high-quality, long-lasting items and avoid supporting the fast fashion industry, known for its wasteful practices.

  4. SAVE MONEY: A capsule wardrobe can save you a significant amount of money. With fewer clothes, you won't need to shop as frequently. Your clothing pieces will be versatile, allowing you to wear them multiple times. You'll avoid purchasing items that you won't wear regularly, resulting in substantial savings.

  5. LESS STRESS: A capsule wardrobe reduces stress in your life. You won't need to worry about ill-fitting clothes or spend excessive time maintaining and repairing them. Opting for easy-care garments simplifies packing when traveling or moving houses.

Considering all these benefits, building a capsule wardrobe is a worthwhile endeavour that will simplify your life.


Follow these steps. Find out what you have and lay them out to see what is missing so that you can get a good mix that you can wear daily or at events or parties. Layer for the winter and wear as in in the summer.


A Comfy Organic Cotton T-shirt

In your search for a versatile and sustainable black T-shirt, our handcrafted design made from 100% GOTS-certified soft organic cotton fabric is the perfect choice. Its wide neckline, mid-length sleeves, and loose-fitted hexagon shape make it adaptable for any season. Whether you're aiming for a cool summer look or a cozy winter outfit, this T-shirt has got you covered. Embrace comfort, style, and sustainability by adding this essential piece to your wardrobe.

A grey comfortable sustainable fashion t-shirt loose fitted in organic cotton by Malaika New York

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A Pair Of Black Vegan Leather Leggings

Embrace confidence and style with our vegan leggings crafted from soft organic cotton and faux leather. These sustainable leggings feature unique embellishments made from recycled bike inner tubes, combining luxury with eco-friendliness. Discover the perfect blend of comfort, fashion, and sustainability in each pair, proudly made in Manhattan, New York. The leggings is a must have for your capsule wardrobe as they are one of the main building blocks.

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A Black Shift Dress Long

A stunning long black shift dress that beautifully accentuates your curves. With its unique draping and asymmetrical hemline, this dress adds an elegant touch to any occasion. Don't miss out on turning heads at your next event with this flattering piece in your capsule collection.

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A Lounge Shift Dress With Pockets

Elevate your capsule wardrobe with our lounge shift dress featuring pockets. This little black shift dress is designed to provide both comfort and style, with a flattering fit that hits all the right places. The dress includes two convenient side pockets and a beautiful boat neck, making it a timeless piece for everyday wear and beyond.

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A Lightweight Top In Organic Cotton

Elevate your capsule wardrobe with our lightweight top in organic cotton. This versatile and stylish black T-shirt is a must-have, featuring flattering asymmetrical details and a flowy design that complements your curves. Dress it up or down with leggings or a skirt for any occasion. Experience effortless style with this long-sleeve tee.

A woman wearing an asymmetrical black t-shirt with a long and short sleeve in organic cotton by Malaika New York

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A Warm Sweater Dress For Fall & Winter

Elevate your capsule collection with our essential long sleeve dress. Handcrafted from super soft organic fleece cotton, this dress features a wide neckline, long sleeves, and cozy organic cotton pockets. Ideal for the Fall season, it offers warmth with its fleece lining. Dress it up with high heels and a belt for a polished look. With its minimalistic design, this easy-to-wear staple is ethically produced in New York, following zero waste design principles. Make a sustainable and stylish statement with this versatile dress. 

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A Warm Organic Cotton Cardigan For Winter

Stay cozy and sustainable with our warm organic cotton cardigan, a must-have for your capsule collection. Handcrafted from heavy-weight organic fleece cotton, this grey cardigan features a high neckline and a unique front pocket made from upcycled bike tubes. Its zero-waste design ensures that every scrap of fabric is used, reducing waste. With two snaps in the front, it offers versatile styling options for any occasion. Embrace style and sustainability with this fashionable and eco-friendly cardigan. 

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A Cardigan For Spring & Summer

Make sure to include this cardigan in your capsule collection with our essential cardigan for spring and summer. Made from soft organic cotton, this long waterfall cardigan in black and grey features a unique upcycled bike tube hem and eye-catching asymmetrical hem details. With 3D color block sleeves, this one-of-a-kind garment is a true wardrobe staple. Enjoy the coolness and sustainability of this zero waste cardigan, made from a rectangle. It's proudly crafted in Bronx, New York, using OEKO-certified organic cotton. Embrace style and eco-conscious fashion with this must-have cardigan.

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An Asymmetrical Vest

The vest works great when paired with basics such as our basic tank/strop top in silk, a long sleeve t-shirt in black or in white and a pair of black leggings. You don't want to go too wide on the bottom when you have volume on the top.

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A Silk Strop Top/Tank Top 

We added a beautiful tank top in 100% silk to our collection and we are very excited. The white tank top is hand made in Turkey by our sustainable manufactor and agent Kopenhag Studio. We created it from dead-stock so we are limited to only 10 pieces. Made from raw white silk. 

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Basic Organic Cotton T-shirt To Wear With Everything!

Complete your capsule wardrobe with our essential Boat neck Organic Cotton T-shirt, featuring zero waste sleeve detail. This versatile and timeless piece is a must-have for every fashion-conscious individual. Pair it effortlessly with any outfit and embrace sustainability in style. Upgrade your wardrobe with this versatile basic T-shirt that's designed to wear with everything. 


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In conclusion, building a capsule wardrobe is a practical and sustainable solution to the daily struggle of choosing an outfit. By curating a collection of timeless and versatile clothing pieces, you can reduce decision fatigue, save time, and alleviate stress in your daily life. A capsule wardrobe also aligns with sustainable fashion practices, as it encourages owning fewer clothes, investing in high-quality items, and avoiding support for the fast fashion industry.

The benefits of a capsule wardrobe extend beyond simplifying your life. By embracing a thoughtfully selected wardrobe, you can save money by reducing unnecessary purchases and wear your clothes more frequently. With a well-designed capsule wardrobe, you'll always have outfits you love and feel confident in, no matter the occasion.

Malaika New York offers a range of sustainable and stylish pieces that are perfect for building your capsule wardrobe. From organic cotton T-shirts to vegan leather leggings, each garment is designed with comfort, fashion, and sustainability in mind. With their timeless designs and commitment to zero waste, Malaika New York is a brand that aligns perfectly with the principles of a capsule wardrobe.

Whether you're looking for a classic black shift dress or a cozy cardigan for the colder seasons, Malaika New York has the perfect pieces to enhance your capsule wardrobe. Their commitment to ethical production and high-quality materials ensures that your wardrobe will not only be fashionable but also eco-friendly.

Building a capsule wardrobe is an investment in simplicity, style, and sustainability. With careful curation and the right pieces, you can streamline your daily routine, reduce waste, and embrace a more conscious approach to fashion. Start building your capsule wardrobe today with Malaika New York's sustainable and versatile collection, and experience the benefits of a thoughtfully curated wardrobe that truly reflects your style and values.

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