The “capsule wardrobe” is not a new a concept. The phrase was first fashioned (pun intended) in 1970’s London where boutique owner Susie Faux suggested that women should base their entire wardrobe around a small number of classic, essential items that NEVER go out of fashion. She encouraged her customers to find their style using these key pieces and then augment these items using key seasonal pieces.
In the late 80’s Dona Karen was the first designer to take the idea to the runway where she famously dressed 8 models in nothing but black body suits and black tights, who took to the run way and began dressing themselves in various combinations of items from the 7 piece collection.
Today capsule wardrobes exist in many different forms. Some Creators have divised strict rules where followers must adhere to owning only a fixed number of items, only 3 t-shirts, 2 pairs of shoes etc. And I think for some people this method really does work. A great example of this is Project-333
Capsule wardrobes have been made popular again recently by the minimalist movement. I was first introduced to this way of living by my beloved Netflix. Is it me or does Netflix have some of the best documentaries ever? I don’t know what it is but I feel like everytime I watch a Netflix documentary I end up on another life changing journey. Maybe if I was smarter I’d just stop watching Netflix documentaries? If you want to know more about minimalist living I suggest you take a look, or you can check them out here.
There are now many people all over the world practicing Minimalism to varying degrees, and a capsule wardrobe kinda comes with the territory.
So yeah, as usual I’m pretty bloody late to the party when it comes to owning a capsule wardrobe but, as they say, better late than never.
I don’t know if I need to tell you again the infinite great reasons why you should think about adopting this way of dressing yourself but I’m going to anyway. Well I’m going to tell you the reasons why I made the change.
1. The economy
Mostly MY personal economy but also the economy of the world (which we will get to in a separate post). As a lover of fashion and shopping, I have spent ALOT of money on clothes. Like, ALOT. And so, as you can imagine, it was highly frustrating to realise (on an almost daily basis) that despite major investments in my wardrobe I had a. Nothing to wear b. No sense of what my true style actually was and c. An obscenely full and messy wardrobe and d. A very pathetic looking bank account.
All in all a pretty ridiculous state of affairs. And sadly I don’t think I’m alone. How many of you out there regularly stare blankly into the abise that is your wardrobe with the words “I have nothing to wear” buzzing around your head? Thought so.
2. The planet
Yes I hate to break it to you but while we all go around mindlessly trying to fufill our addiction to clothes and shopping we are actually creating huge quantities of waste and pollution. And we’re also feeding into a system where people are
Better late than never.
There are lots of reasons you should start a capsule wardrobe. For me it was a bit of a light bulb moment. I’m a person who questions EVERYTHING. Even choosing an outfit is difficult when you play devils advocate with yourself. And honestly I dont even think this is my fault. Life is full of so much choice these days, how can we be expected to make a decision on anything? So to me it made sense to take some of the choice out of the equation. Choosing is actually fun now I know that every option I have is a GREAT option.
I think everyone on the planet has had a wardrobe clear out. Usually in the Spring or Autumn. You tip the entire contents of your wardrobe out onto the floor, sift through the items questioning and scrutinising every item. “Is this even nice?”, “Do I need this?”, “Will I wear this?”, the questioning is endless and we are so scared of the possibility of losing that we dont actually have much of a clear out at all. We basically just take it all out and put it all back in again but in a slightly more orderly fashion.
There are some guides out there that will offer you advice on how to to find your personal style and then create your capsule wardrobe. This is certainly helpful, and I guess I kinda opted this method. But I’m also a firm believer that over time a capsule wardrobe will help you develop and discover what your true personal style really is. The more you delve into it and the more you really scrutinise each item, the clearer and more defined your style will become. This why I really like fluid capsule idea. Its less rigid so you can swap pieces in and out as your style develops and you really get a sense of the kind of wardrobe you really want. If you want more help on how to find your true personal style, Signe from Use Less has produced a great video, watch it here.