5 Reasons to Create a Capsule Wardrobe
It’s not been long since I spoke about my capsule makeup collection, so it may not come as a surprise that I’m also currently focussed applying the capsule concept to my wardrobe.
Lately, I’m all about that minimalist life! *within reason*
What I love about this ongoing ‘project’ is that it’s all about having less clutter, less cleaning and a more streamlined, stress-free life. Anytime I start getting a little too gung-ho about it all, that’s what I remind myself!
I’m currently planning my capsule wardrobe and figuring out how many items will work for me, but in the meantime I thought I’d share my personal reflections on why creating a capsule wardrobe is something that I want to do.
So, in no particular order, here are my top reasons for creating a capsule wardrobe:
#1 – More to wear
I’ve heard it said that most women only wear about 20% of their wardrobes. For me, I’d say that’s about right. I have plenty of clothes, but really it’s the same favourites that I pull out and wear on a solid rotation.
The thing is, my wardrobe is already fairly small. In fact, it all fits into half of a built-in wardrobe that I share with my husband, thanks to the KonMarie folding method! But despite having well over 40-or-so items, I seem to live in the same 5 – 10 favourites that team well together. The rest just sit carefully folded and a bit unloved.
So…in theory, a carefully planned capsule wardrobe will allow me to mix and match all of the items and break the same singlet-and-shorts cycle that I’ve been stuck in.
#2 – Take my style up a notch
When it comes to capsule anything, planning is everything. I think the reason many of us avoid this way of organising our lives is because it forces us to get very clear about our personal tastes and style, and what does and doesn’t work for us. Having lots and lots of options seems like a good way to gloss over (and never deal with) the issue!
I find this one of the more interesting things about planning a capsule wardrobe. Finally, I’m having to get clear about the specifics of my style, and let go of the things that A) I’m attracted to, but B) don’t suit me / make me feel weird.
For example, I realise that I feel best wearing a fairly a neutral colour palette, with classic items that have a slight edge. Ripped denim jeans + soft white cotton t-shirt = love. I also like to wear good quality accessories that add a slight edge/boho vibe to my outfits. However, I do not feel like myself in a boho maxi dress, or any kind of unfitted pant.
Clearing my precious wardrobe space of clothes that just make me feel not myself and building on my own style is something I’m quite excited about. And while I know that personal style is a moving target, a more clearly defined style is definitely a big motivator of mine to build a capsule wardrobe.
#3 – Less clutter
Oh, how I hate clutter!
I live in a tiny apartment and I really enjoy the challenge of living simply enough to keep it feeling minimalist. Clutter tries to creep in from all angles, and the wardrobe is one of them!
Having lots of clothes crammed together in my wardrobe is not a good feeling, and it’s not good for the clothes either. I want at least an inch or two between each of those hangers, so I can clearly see my clothes and they can get some air!
#4 – Sustainability
Having a lot of clothes and accessories that either don’t get worn or get tossed at the end of a season is not cool. Not for my wallet or for the environment!
Having a small wardrobe full of items I love is not only something I want for my own sense of freedom and style, it’s something I want to do for the environment too. The tricky part may be making sustainable choices when it comes to filling the gaps in my wardrobe.
I’m finding it hard to pin down fashionable eco-friendly clothing brands in Australia, so any tips would be welcome! Otherwise, I could always venture into second hand pieces.
#5 – Save money
Now, I can’t say that I’ve ever been a big spender on clothes and accessories. Makeup and beauty products have always been my weakness. But while I haven’t splashed out too much on clothes in the past, much of what I have bought doesn’t get much love. The dollar-per-wear on some items would be woeful!
Short term, I know that creating my capsule wardrobe will involve filling quite a few gaps that I basically created by buying the same type of clothing over and over. Filling those gaps will require some investment. But what I’m hoping to create is a small wardrobe full of items that I actually get my money’s worth out of!
Over time, having a clearer view of what I have and my personal style will help me to avoid wasteful purchases in the future. And as a further bonus, so far I can also say that planning my wardrobe has helped me to actually put sales to good use!
Have you put together (or thought about) a capsule wardrobe? Let me know your thoughts!