What's the Deal with Capsule Wardrobes?


You've probably heard this term floating around the internet by now. Capsule wardrobes have been rapidly growing in popularity for the last several years, with people all over the blogosphere and social media at large trying out the idea.

But the term (and the concept) isn't actually a new one at all. It was in the 1970s that Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique, coined the term 'capsule wardrobe'. She defined it as a collection of a few essential items that don't go out of fashion, which can be augmented with seasonal pieces. Since then, many people and media outlets have continued to popularize the concept, until the last few years when it has seemingly blown up all over the internet. 


So what is a capsule wardrobe? It depends who you ask. Some people keep a year-round capsule of a small number of key pieces that never change, and rotate seasonal clothing in and out. Some people set strict rules for themselves and follow them for a set amount of time, switching it out every three months. Some people give themselves less strict guidelines, keeping a capsule-ish wardrobe. 

In short, a capsule wardrobe can be whatever you want it to be, to suit your unique needs. There are several goals worth considering to help you decide if a capsule wardrobe is something you would enjoy, and if so, how to go about doing that.

The first and foremost goal is to make your life easier, reducing the decision fatigue coming from constantly having to choose what to wear from a pile of clothes you don't really love. If you have a curated selection of clothes you know all go together, you don't have to spend all that much time in the morning deciding if your outfit matches or not. 

The second goal is to stop buying clothes you don't like. I know that sounds like it should be easy, but for some reason, it's not. How many of us get home from shopping and put away our new 'haul' of clothing we only kind of like? Or maybe you loved it when you tried it on in the store, or clicked 'add to cart', but after only a couple of wears you're just not really feeling it

The last goal is to define your personal style, and in doing so, feel more confident getting dressed every day. This one is a bit tricker, and takes a bit more work, but it's so much easier to do so when you have a smaller pool of items to choose from. 

Are you intrigued? Stay tuned for next week, when I will be posting some more specific tips on how to actually start this whole 'capsule wardrobe' thing. 

Until next time,