Do you struggle every day to find an outfit that you feel confident in? Are you feeling like you don’t have anything to wear? You’re not the only one!
How can we start our day with a positive outlook if we have so much trouble deciding what to wear every morning?
As a college student in a hurry, I realized that I was spending too much time frustrated and weary shopping for clothes I would never wear. Although it may seem absurd, my shopping and wearing habits have taken over.
What can we do? Let’s relax, I have a simple solution for you: create a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe allows you to show off your collection of favorite garments to the world. You can’t buy new clothes because you have limited space in your closet. Because you have fewer options, your outfit selection process will take 3 minutes instead of 30.
Everyone seems to have their own rules for capsule wardrobes, and you can too. There are some tips, strategies and recommendations to help you get started with the idea.
This article will cover everything you need to know regarding capsule wardrobes. It includes what they are and why you should have one.
Capsule Wardrobe is All About Living with Less
A capsule wardrobe is an organized collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories that helps you to simplify your life and reduce decision fatigue.
It typically includes 30-50 items that you only wear and serves as your entire wardrobe for a certain amount of time. (See? Although the regulations can be confusing, you can still make them work for you.)
You will need to think about whether each item in your closet is really necessary. This is the philosophy behind capsule wardrobes: “buy less, wear less, and find high quality.” Caroline Joy of Unfancy was one of the first to adopt this technique.
According to internet fashion legend, Susie Faux, an owner of a London boutique, invented the term “capsule wardrobe”. In the 1970s, she made it her profession to help women find their unique style through sharpening and focusing on their clothes. Her efforts led to a magic recipe that worked.
She advised her clients to start with neutral, traditional basics they can mix and match and then add some statement pieces to give flair and allow for seasonal changes.
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of small, interchangeable pieces of clothing that can be used together. These classic pieces are timeless and made of neutral colors. You can create a variety of outfits using a capsule wardrobe.
Capsule Wardrobe – A Sustainable Way to Think About Clothing
Your capsule wardrobe is an important step in sustainability. Your capsule wardrobe will be a collection of timeless outfits that you can wear for many years. They won’t go out of fashion. A capsule wardrobe is a way to invest in quality pieces that will last and resist the ravages of fast fashion.
While capsule wardrobes can be about personal style, they also help you think more ethically and sustainably about clothing. Our consumerist culture and fast fashion have convinced us to buy everything. This has led to a wardrobe that is overflowing with clothes we might never wear.
“It’s all personal taste when it come to capsule outfits.” Fast fashion and our consumerist culture have made us believe we should own everything.
Although capsule wardrobes were created to give designers an artistic expression and a sense of exclusivity, many capsule wardrobe masters started the business because they are concerned about “choice fatigue” as well as wanting to be more sustainable.
Capsule wardrobes help you to be more aware of what you need and how much.
Why it is so important?
You may choose to create a capsule wardrobe for many reasons.
- Less prone to decision fatigue
Are you familiar with the term “decision fatigue” or have you heard it? Our brains are wired to only make certain decisions. It becomes exhausting and it becomes difficult to make new decisions.
A capsule wardrobe allows you to have fewer pieces, but they work well together, and you absolutely love them. It will be much easier to choose what you want to wear to work when you get dressed in the morning.
- You have more time to spend with your family
A well-curated wardrobe will also help you save time. Because you know what works for you and your style, you will know what to wear.
Shopping online or in-store is a waste of time. You don’t waste your time looking through endless clothes and thinking that you have nothing to wear.
- Save a dime
This can help you save significant money. You won’t have to shop as often because your clothes pieces can be interchanged and repurposed. This allows you to reuse your clothes more often and save money on the ones that don’t last. This is a win-win situation for both you and the environment.
- Less Stress
Reduced stress is a good thing. It doesn’t matter if the clothes don’t fit. You will need less garments to maintain and repair. You’re more likely to pack lightweight, easy-to-care for clothing when you travel or move.
How do you build a capsule wardrobe?
Okay. You’ll need to clean out your closet before you can create your capsule wardrobe. Start by taking everything out of your closet, and putting it on your bed. This includes everything in your wardrobe!
Then, separate everything into four piles: donations, sales, likes!, and trash (or recycle! ). You can sort everything into these piles. Give yourself enough time to try on items and feel how they make your skin feel. You won’t be wearing it again if you are honest with yourself. Trust me, honesty is key.
It’s time to get rid of it if it hasn’t been worn in six months, or if it is too small or style-related.
Once you have divided everything into four piles, bag the trash and donation piles and put them in your trunk.
Now that you have both your “like” and your “love” piles, it’s time for your first capsule. Depending on your personal style, choose one or two of the following categories:
- Tops with a nice look
- Swimwear/Outerwear (depending on the season)
Once you have a few basic facts in each category, you can start to fill in the gaps until your target number.
You can dress up or down to go out on a night or run errands in the afternoon. For example, a sweater you can wear on Sunday, and a sweater you can wear on Monday. Or a pair of flats that are versatile enough to be worn for night out, or for running errands in the afternoon.
Remember that you will want to be able mix and match across categories often, so the colour palette should be consistent.
Take a break
Take a break before you start shopping for new clothes. You can give yourself some breathing space by not purchasing new clothes immediately and sticking with your existing wardrobe for as long as you like. Imagine what it would be like to live with less clothing.
It doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect
Accept that it may be imperfect. Some people have been doing this for years, but still haven’t found the perfect outfit. Accepting that it’s not going to happen will allow you to find peace in your clothing and life.
Try a trial run if you are unsure whether or not to commit
You don’t have to commit to a capsule to make it work. For ten days, take on a remix challenge. For the next 10 days, only wear 10 items from your wardrobe. Let’s see what happens!
You should be honest with yourself about what you want from a wardrobe
You’ll find yourself wearing fantasy-life clothes, instead of real-life clothing, if you aren’t honest with your self. Transparency is possible by doing some reflection. It is high time.
Getting dressed is easy when you have a capsule wardrobe. This is something that I can’t stress enough. Every morning, the dreaded standing-in-front-of-the-closet moment transforms into a ten-second decision.
It is wonderful to have a capsule. The capsule is the perfect option for those who don’t want to have to worry about clothes or looking good while doing so. I can guarantee this.
The capsule wardrobe is a great way for you to show off your style and express yourself. However, it shouldn’t be used as an excuse to shop every few months.
It will make your life easier to build a capsule wardrobe. Your capsule wardrobe will change over time. As the seasons change, your capsule wardrobe will adapt to accommodate. The benefits will not change, which is the best thing about it. Start building your capsule wardrobe now! So what are you waiting?