You may say you have nothing to wear but the condition of your wardrobe proves otherwise.
by Louise M, Carrybeans
If you’ve never heard of the term “capsule wardrobe” before, you might be imagining a teeny tiny closet or wonder if it’s an advanced type of wardrobe that can coordinate your outfit of the day or night with ease. Cute, but no.
It’s actually a term coined by Susie Faux, an owner of a London boutique, in the 1970s. It refers to having a collection of essential items of clothing that would not go out of fashion and therefore can be worn all year round.
So if you’re thinking of starting a capsule wardrobe, here are some great things it can do for you.
Admit it. You don’t even know all the pieces that you have in your wardrobe. Some haven’t even seen the light of day (or night) for ages. But you keep them anyway because you think there might come a time where you will want to wear it – and never do.
Your goal now is to clear out those items and only keep your must-have pieces. Donate, sell, recycle, throw away – you decide.
You’re not going to buy 10 pieces of items to compensate for the 10 that you’ve cleared out. This just means that you finally have space to put that little black dress you’ve seen hanging at the boutique or that pair of tight pants you’ve been planning to get to wear on your dates.
Just make sure your newer pieces can go along with all your other items.
It might take a while for you to learn to mix and match all the (few) pieces you have and expand your outfit combination to look like you have more clothes than you actually do. Decide on a theme, for example, a colour or a season, and slowly work yourself up from there. Since your pieces are those that can be worn at any time of the year, you can play around with layers too.
Be creative, experiment, and have fun!
The purpose is to make you fully utilise the pieces that you already have. By doing so, it gives you a better control on what you spend on during your (random) shopping sprees. Try to find three ways (or more) to wear that little black dress instead of buying three different dresses. Pair it with a different style or coloured outerwear, shoes, and accessories you have in your wardrobe and make it work for any occasions.
The capsule wardrobe may not be for everyone but it’s definitely worth a try. You may just be able to fix your bursting wardrobe and clear your floor of any clothes left unfolded inside the baskets.
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