Three Tips On How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe
The capsule wardrobe originated with Susie Faux, the owner of a boutique called ‘Wardrobe’ in the ’70s. It’s defined as a small collection of clothes that work together and never go out of style, proving incredibly easy to style as a result. A more modern approach to the capsule wardrobe is Project 333, a minimalist fashion challenge in which you aim to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. A capsule wardrobe is something that I’ve aspired to have for the longest time. I did really well with it for a long time, but then I fell in love with fashion again and well… The rest is history, really. There are many perks to having a capsule wardrobe though, such as a lack of waste, wearing what you love and getting dressed with the utmost of ease. Hence, here are my three steps for acquiring a capsule wardrobe of your own, if you’re so inclined.
Do a ruthless clear-out
And I mean ruthless. You have to really think about your personal style, and consider how it’s evolved and changed over time. Some of the items in your wardrobe could be years old. Do they work and mesh well with how you dress now? Are the pieces timeless and adaptable? Do you feel comfortable and good about yourself when you wear them? Have you worn them lately? These are the questions that are worth asking when you’re clearing out your wardrobe.
I usually stick to a strict rule of thumb during clear-outs – if you haven’t worn it in six months, get rid of it. Call me blunt, but sentimentality isn’t really a reason a hold on to clothes that you don’t wear. Wedding dresses and important occasion wear are an exception, of course. But otherwise, be ruthless and make space for clothes that you’ll really love and will actually wear.
Collect the items that you regularly reach for
Everyone has a collection of specific items that they always wear. These items in particular will make up the base of your capsule wardrobe. The point of having a capsule is to have a smaller line-up of clothes that you can style with ease in multiple ways. For me, it’s easy to whittle down my go-to pieces. A striped t-shirt, black skinny jeans, a grey chenille sweater, several black tank tops, a pair of biker boots and my old skool Vans. That’s just a quick example, but you’ll personally know the pieces that you automatically gravitate towards. Using these items collectively will guide you towards what else should be in your capsule wardrobe, in order to round it off.
Stick to these items only for 30+ days, or for as long as you can
This can be quite the challenge, but it’s a fun one! The point of it is to prove that a wardrobe packed full of clothes isn’t necessary in order to be able to showcase multiple stylish outfits. A capsule wardrobe will not only push your comfort zone, it will also force you to be creative with your ensembles. It will make you trial options that you may not have considered before, as well as breaking the habit of always wearing the same thing. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there at least once. It’s so easy to be lazy in terms of what we wear when we’re executing mundane, same-y routines.
A capsule wardrobe is also a great way to save money, believe it or not. It ensures that we aren’t constantly in a mindless state of routinely buying new clothes when payday rolls around. I wrote a post recently on why I don’t follow fashion trends, and it still rings true here. If you haven’t already, give a capsule wardrobe a try. It’ll really make you consider the world of fashion as a whole, which is nothing but a good thing.
Have you tried the capsule wardrobe? What are your thoughts on it?
Half and Half Monochrome Bomber Jacket* – Shein | Striped Long Sleeve T-Shirt – Penneys/Primark | Square Check Print Cigarette Trousers – Penneys/Primark | Old Skool Vans – Size? | Crystal Choker – Shop Moon Child