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.