Personally, my capsule wardrobe has been a win-win for me. I am now much more efficient as I don’t have to spend time trying on multiple outfits. I can simply grab the appropriate outfit and go. I’ve also found I save a lot of time and money by being more intentional about what I buy.
A capsule wardrobe is essentially a wardrobe of key investment pieces that works really well with the other items in your closet. It helps you maximize your wardrobe so it can cover all aspects of your lifestyle from work to weekend wear and everything in between.
I love the fact that my capsule wardrobe is simple and suitable to my needs. It reflects my personal style and as such I’m inspired to keep it organized and colour coordinated.
A capsule wardrobe is also a stress-free wardrobe. Putting together an outfit that I feel good in is simple. I know I am going to look my best in any situation because I’ve invested to time into creating a wardrobe that works and allows me to get on with my day without having to spend time mixing and matching a closet full of items that don’t work for one reason or another.
I feel good about the clothing in my closet and the investment pieces that are the backbone of my seasonal wardrobe. I no longer have any clothing or accessory items that make me feel guilty about purchasing them or make me feel bad about a few extra pounds I may have put on.
"Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called "Wardrobe" in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. This idea was popularized by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces."
There are many different approaches to capsule wardrobes. I will explore these in future posts. Some people like Courtney Carver of www.bemorewithless.com and Project 333 likes to wear only 33 items (including footwear, outwear and jewelry) every three months and focuses on one season at a time while putting the rest in storage.
Personally, I find having my entire minimized wardrobe in one place works best for me
The main reason is if I don’t see it I forget about it. Since the weather in Canada is constantly changing I frequently find myself layering my clothing. Plus, I love thrift shopping and staying organized so I like to be able to grab something from my wardrobe and take with me when shopping to make sure it’s the right purchase. I rarely shop without an item from my closet to coordinate with. If I find something that works with another piece of clothing better than an item I already have in my closet, I buy it but then make a point of donating the other clothing item from my closet to charity ASAP.
"...The term is widely used in the British and American fashion media, and has been the subject of several popular television series. The term has come to refer to a collection of clothing that is composed of interchangeable items only, to maximize the number of outfits that can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be "key" or "staple" items in coordinating colours."
I also have yet to count the items I wear each season. That said, I am seriously considering giving Courtney’s approach of sticking to only 33 items a season, a three month trial. When I do, I will certainly blog about it. I am curious about what my magic number of clothing and accessory items is – is it 33, or maybe 28 or 35? Will my number fluctuate between seasons? Either way, I am interested in finding out.
By having a capsule wardrobe that works, I’ve reduced the amount of time I need to spend shopping which has been great. That said, I still enjoy the thrill of the hunt and thrift shopping experience but now as an intentional shopper who has the willpower not fall prey to impulse purchases.
You should love every single item in your closet and maximize your dollars per wear.
Why have more clothes in your closet than you actually wear?
I welcome your thoughts on having a capsule wardrobe. Please leave your comments below.
Family vacations, road trips and summer go hand and hand.
Whether you’ll be on the road for days or just hours, the following tips are bound to make everyone happy and the time spent on the road more enjoyable.
All it takes is a little planning, some creative ideas and you’ll be off on a family adventure you won't soon forget. It may even turn out so well you’ll want to do it again next year.
Hold a Pre-trip Family Meeting
Plan the route together including where you’ll stop along the way and make some decisions re: what songs will be added to a family playlist (for singalongs). Discuss what types of car games and activities each family member wants to do.
You may want to plan to play games like “I Spy” and The Alphabet game (where you find each letter of the alphabet on signs or cars). Create a binder for each child with travel activities, games and a map inserted into clear plastic sleeves. Pack some dry erase markers. Eliminate the "Are we there yet?" questions by having your kids follow the route on the map.
Get Active During Rest Stops
Whenever you stop for food, gas or a bathroom break make a point of doing some active games like Frisbee, playing tag, or timed races around the car (see if your kids can beat their time from the last stop) etc.
Refreshments to Go
Stock a cooler with fruits and veggies (e.g. grapes, apples, baby carrots and celery), homemade energy balls, protein bars, and granola bars.
Try to keep sugary snacks to a minimum to avoid sugar highs and reduce backseat fights.
For long trips, pack up different non-perishable snacks for variety each day.
Make a water only 'in the car' rule. Bring refillable water bottles (labelled for each family member). Pack a 4 L jug of water and refill individual bottles at rest stops.
Encourage drinking half an hour before a planned stop so everyone stays hydrated but you don’t have multiple pleas for bathroom breaks along the way..
Limit the use of electronics by implementing a point system to earn screen time. Activities like family game participation or individual reading/ journal time can be given a certain number of points..
Older kids could earn more personal screen time by using their smart phones to look up information about the area when you’re driving through and sharing it with the rest of the family.
Prepare for Motion Sickness
In addition to a first aid kit you may want to consider packing a travel sickness bag. Such a kit should include a large sealable bag packed with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, a hydrating drink like Gatorade, bottle of water, motion sickness meds, bread sticks or soda crackers, sea bands, a couple of plastic bags, a second large sealable bag and a garbage bag.
*Surprise bags either individual or group (shared activity) to be revealed at select times during the trip.
*Buy baking sheets from the dollar store and use as magnetic and activity boards (affix a peel and stick white board or chalkboard sheet). Kids can then use magnetic letters or play with toy cars on a hand drawn roadway. If your child wants to make friendship bracelets simply bring along some embroidery string and a roll of tape to secure the string to a baking sheet.
*Keep entertainment within arm’s reach by filling a suctioned shower caddy with toys and games and securing it to the side window they are sitting next to..
*Make car naps or individual music/podcast time more enjoyable by bringing along throw pillows packed inside regular sized pillowcases and a different coloured sleep mask for each child.
*When travelling with young kids, keep food mess to a minimum by covering your car seats with a fitted sheet. Use twin size sheets for bucket seats and a double or queen for bench seats.
*Make snack time fun by filling plastic Easter eggs with surprise snacks and pack them in an egg carton.
*Before the trip have young kids make their own edible necklaces (e.g. with pretzels, Cheerios, Fruit Loops on string licorice) to enjoy along the way,
*In addition to non-perishable snacks like granola bars and trail mix, assemble and pack single portions of healthy snacks like celery and peanut butter, or assorted raw veggies and dip in lidded mason jars. Place the peanut butter or dip in the bottom and add the vegetables on top for a relatively mess-free snack.
*Create a DIY travel LEGO case by repurposing a metal lunchbox. Insert a green LEGO board and fill with LEGOs.
*Make an “I Spy” bottle by filling a 2 L pop bottle or sealable clear plastic bag with rice, small toys, beads, buttons, and other colorful objects. Create a checklist (visual or text) to go along with the bottle (or bag) and have your child cross off each item once it’s been spied.
Last but not least, bring clean BBQ tongs for all those dropped toys and sippy cups.
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