I recently shared my desire to simplify in 2017 and how I decided to start with my wardrobe. I also shared a little about my capsule wardrobe story and the 32 items I will be using in the next 3 months but I realized I never really mentioned what a capsule wardrobe is. Some of you may already be familiar with the concept but for some of you this might be something new.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a streamlined wardrobe of high quality pieces that can be worn often and interchangeably. The concept of “The Capsule Wardrobe” was brought to life in the 1970s. It was coined by Susie Faux, a London boutique owner. The core principal behind the concept is less is more. The idea is to make the most of your budget to create a working wardrobe of quality pieces for your lifestyle. These pieces, if chosen well, should last for seasons to come.
What are the benefits of having a capsule wardrobe?
- Save time – With less items in your closet all the “noise” has been eliminated and choosing what to wear is fast and easy.
- Sparks creativity – With a smaller number of clothes you will be more inclined to get creative mixing and matching your pieces to come up with new outfits.
- Eliminate the “I don’t have anything to wear” syndrome – Gone are the days when you are staring at a closet full of clothes and still can’t figure out what to wear. With a capsule wardrobe everything in your closet fits, flatters you and you enjoy wearing those pieces over and over. You will no longer feel defeated by your wardrobe. And you will come to the realization that you already have enough.
- Save money – Your shopping standards raise. The pressure for the bargain hunt or current trend is off. You focus on quality, your true style and whether you can wear that new piece with what you already have.
Is a capsule wardrobe right for you?
It is if you:
- are looking to simplify your mornings.
- have embarked on a journey towards minimalism.
- want to save time and money.
- have a small closet.
- think you need a bigger closet.
- are tired of trying to keep up with the fast changing fashion trends.
- are concerned about the environmental and ethical effects of fast fashion.