Okay everyone…I’m taking the plunge into only having a capsule wardrobe. I’m sure many of you are thinking, “Amanda, what the hell is a capsule wardrobe?”
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
There are many different definitions of a capsule wardrobe. Here are some of the basics you’ll need to know…
Wikipedia describes it as:
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be updated with seasonal pieces.
Wikihow explains it:
A ‘capsule wardrobe’ is a relatively small collection of clothes that all work together, and can be worn on all occasions. It’s about quality, not quantity, and finding what suits you.
Un-Fancy.com blogger, Caroline explains it as:
It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear. For Unfancy purposes, it’s a 37 piece wardrobe that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes.
How I Intend to Capsule
You can see, there are many different views for this simple idea. Less = more. And it’s something I want to start using in all aspects of my life.
It took this article for me to wake up and attempt to change.
Over the next 3 months, I will only wear 37 pieces of clothing. This will include tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. What this means is that I will NOT be shopping for clothing during the current season (3 months). I will shop for the next season’s capsule during the last two weeks of the season.
How is this beneficial, again?
I’m glad you asked. Here are the 6 reasons I think you should try making the leap to a capsule wardrobe!
1. It’s easier to pick out your clothes in the morning.
I’ve noticed this already and it’s amazing. When you wake up you just pick out two or three items and because most of them mix and match, it’s a breeze.
2. You’ll only have pieces you TRULY love.
After you weed out all the items that don’t _________ [work for you, don't fit, don't like], you’ll be left with options that you do love and are willing to wear every day if that’s what it takes. You’ll have tops and bottoms that fit well, both to your body and lifestyle.
3. You’ll be able to have better quality clothing.
These capsule items are probably going to be better quality and will thusly last longer. And since you love them, (see #2) you’ll be able to have them for longer period of time.
4. It’s budget-friendly.
Just because you’ll be buying better quality doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. With a budget in mind, you can shop with intention. I’ve already purchased many great items from J.Crew and Gap that were on sale (still spendy) but they’ll last a lot longer.
Update: I was just talking to my friend/co-workers about Google Wallet. If you’re looking for a way to keep your budget defined, definitely check that out. They’ll even issue you a card!
5. You don’t need 65 pieces of clothing.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve never spent a lot of money on clothes anyway. But as B stated the other day, I may have saved money but I made up for it in quantity. I had over 65+ pieces of clothing in my closet that I didn’t wear or liked. Let me repeat: 65+! That’s insane.
6. It’s a fashion legacy.
When you sit down with intention and look at all your lifestyle factors, you can plan out a wardrobe a lot easier. But more so, you can figure out what your signature style is. I’m slowly finding that I love stripes and classic pieces that translate into a classic comfort wardrobe with a splash of coastal living. With that in mind, I can make purchase decisions around that style.
All of these add up into one big answer: I need to simplify. And a perfect place to start is in the closet. Here goes nothing…
Stay tuned for my summer wardrobe (July – September) list.
Take the leap, join me!