What is a capsule wardrobe?

Since I started this blog, I get asked a lot what a capsule wardrobe is. I’ll give you my version of the definition for it right here:

A capsule wardrobe is a carefully edited group of items that bring you joy, are simple to mix and match, and are chosen for a pre-determined period of time.

Some capsule wardrobe enthusiasts choose a number such as the lovely creator of Project 333 (33 items for 3 months), or 37 pieces total for a season like Un-fancy.  Some capsule wardrobers challenge themselves to wear a certain number of pieces for a few weeks, like Style This Life’s #20itemsfor21days Instagram challenge.

And why would anyone go through the trouble to edit their clothes and arrange such a thing?  The capsule cheerleaders report that it breathes peace into their life.  Living with less brings less stress and more happiness.  You’ll have more time and money for what really matters.  Finding contentment in your wardrobe breaks the cycle of spending way to much money following trends and making expensive fashion mistakes.  It’s a creative outlet.  It opens more doors to seek a minimalist approach to other areas of your life.

I absolutely agree with what they say!  I’ve done it myself, and will NEVER go back to the way that I viewed my closet or my clothes again.

Another thing that I like about having a capsule wardrobe is that it’s mine.  That means my rules.  If I want to pick a number of clothing, I can.  If I want to decide that I’m not going to buy fast fashion anymore, but instead only thrift, I can.  If I want to try an all-seasons capsule, I will.  And with each new thing that I try, I learn something new.  Every.  Time.

If you are thinking about trying a capsule wardrobe, then you should.  Set your own rules and go for it!  Here are the things that you want to determine before you begin:

  1. Do you need to purge your closet first?
  2. Are you going to try to work with what you have, or do you have a budget to buy basics that you might need?
  3. Do you want to set a specific number goal?  (Ex. 30 – 50 items?)
  4. Will your capsule be seasonal?  Will you rotate clothes in and out or wear your clothes year round?
  5. Do you need to find ideas that will help you mix and match so that you don’t get bored? (subscribe to my blog, search pinterest, ask a veteran for help)

These are the basics to get you started.  If you don’t think that you can do this alone and you want support and help then you can always work with me!  I have a service where I come to your house and help you create a capsule wardrobe.   Choosing silhouettes that flatter your figure, colors that speak to you, and having enough options for your lifestyle are also very important when planning a capsule wardrobe.  A veteran capsule wardrobe enthusiast can help you have the most success because they’ve done the research.  It’s not necessary, but it’s so helpful!

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