Why I started a Capsule Wardrobe

Ok, if you don’t really give a crap about the why’s and where for’s of my capsule wardrobe journey and would rather just find out how to start your own I suggest clicking here.  But if you’re still having some doubts, please stick around.

This post was going to be about me giving you lots of reasons why starting a capsule wardrobe might just change your life.  Instead I’m going to tell you about all the ways in which it most certainly has changed mine.

Pre capsule, picking out something to wear was a task.  A mission.  I would deliberate, and worry and then go out and spend on something.  Only to wear it once and never again.  I’d go and stand in front of the myriad of semi folded, pathetic looking items in my wardrobe and despair.  SO many clothes, so many options and every time I’d become stuck.  Frozen in some kind of style coma, nothing made sense, nothing seemed to fit the criteria, nothing was truly me.  How can I have this many items?  How could I have spent so much of my hard-earned cash and STILL be having the same wardrobe melt down every day?

Why don’t I have anything to wear?

#1.  Possession overload and too much choice

More does not mean better.  We live in a world where consuming is considered a hobby.  We’ve been brainwashed into thinking that happiness can be bought.  Wear this dress, you’ll go out and meet the man of your dreams!  Carry this bag, you’ll be the most popular girl in school!  Drive this car, you’ll be the most successful guy in your office.  This way of thinking drives us to believe that possessions in some way will complete us.  Give us the life we’ve always dreamed of.  And ultimately, make us HAPPY.  But happiness can’t be bought.  Happiness is a state of being, NOT having.

#2.  Comparing yourself to others

Comparing yourself to someone else is a dangerous game.  It leads to low self-esteem, reduced sense of self and in the worst cases depression and anxiety.  It’s also a massive waste of your time.  It is impossible to fairly and accurately compare yourself to others, each of us is far too unique to do that.  We are all better at something than somebody else, but we are also worse at some things too.  And that’s ok.  I am so guilty of this, its something I work on every day and I’m better but certainly not perfect.  Slowly I am realising that I don’t want to be like anybody else, or look like anybody else, because who I am is just fine.  Great in fact.  Which leads nicely onto my next point…

#3.  No sense of personal style

Pre capsule I would impulse buy EVERYTHING and ANYTHING I thought I liked.  I didn’t really need any other reason to buy it.  It’s suitable for the occasion, I’m buying it.  There was no question about the probability of wearing it again.  No thoughts on how well it went with other pieces in my wardrobe.  Or if it was my even my style.  What the hell was my style?

Enter Capsule Wardrobe…

I know it sounds stupid, but I’m pretty sure that sorting out my wardrobe and figuring out my own true style has helped me accept who I am and enjoy it.  I’m not saying I’ve been troubled for years with low self-esteem, and now by the power of The Capsule Wardrobe I am magically cured.  But taking the time to figure out what my true style really is and OWNING it has really done wonders for my sense of self.

What the hell is a capsule wardrobe anyway?

The “capsule wardrobe” is not a new a concept.  The phrase was first fashioned (pun intended) in 1970’s London.  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, then augment their outfits using seasonal items.

In the late 80’s Donna Karan was the first designer to take the idea to the runway.  She famously dressed 8 models in nothing but black body suits and black tights.  They took to the run way and began dressing themselves in various combinations of items from the “7 EASY Pieces” collection.  Over the years, the idea has waxed and waned in popularity.

More recently, Capsule wardrobes have gained traction with the emergence of the Minimalist movement.  I was first introduced to this concept by my beloved Netflix and their documentary featuring The Minimalists.  Is it me or does Netflix have the best documentaries ever?  I don’t know what it is but I feel like every time I watch one of their documentaries I end up on some life changing journey.  Maybe if I was smarter I’d just stop watching Netflix documentaries?

So yeah.  As usual I’m pretty bloody late to the party when it comes to owning a Capsule Wardrobe, but better late than never…

Owning a Capsule Wardrobe means I no longer suffer decision fatigue.  I’ve become much more aware of my own sense of style.  And I’m no longer interested in comparing myself to anyone else.  Plus, I feel lighter, less stressed.  Everything is simplified.  I can see this concept over flowing into other areas of my life.

The longer I follow this regime, the more reasons I find to keep it up.  I know my contribution to landfill and greenhouse gases is more static than it’s ever been in my whole life.  I feel like I’m actively contributing to reversing the detrimental effects that consumerism is having on our planet, instead of just sitting around and worrying about it.

I know all that sounds ridiculous.  But I’m pretty sure a lot of people thought The Suffragette’s were fairly “ridiculous” when they started voicing their opinions on women’s voting rights.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that my sustainable lifestyle mission is in someway comparable to the feat of these incredible women.  My point is that changing people’s attitudes to the norm takes time.  And usually someone needs to act pretty ‘ridiculous’ to get the ball rolling.  And if that helps make positive change, I’m more than happy to be one of those people.

Always happy to hear your comments guys!





3 thoughts on “Why I started a Capsule Wardrobe”

  1. I’m still thinning and rebuilding my wardrobe, so I don’t quite have enough clothes to capsule (plus the weather in Florida is essentially the same temperature for 9 months of the year!), but I may eventually move in that direction. I’ll bookmark your blog for when I am ready!

  2. Thanks Krystal, yes I imagine having a stable climate makes having a small wardrobe very easy! Good work with thinning though! Less is most definitely more x

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