What is a capsule wardrobe? Let me tell ya.
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. (Capsule wardrobe – Wikipedia)
I’m back from my capsule wardrobe adventures in December to give you a round-up of what I wore! I’ll also let you know what I thought of the whole thing. So strap in, we’ve got a lot to review!
My capsule was a small one! I was inspired by Nicole to do a 10 day capsule challenge. Some people actually have capsules that are rather large. This brings me to my first point:
Big blogger’s ideas of capsule wardrobes are bullshit.
The original 1970’s idea of a capsule wardrobe was to pair your closet down to less than a dozen items for the year round AND THEN supplement during the different seasons. By supplement, I don’t mean buy another twelve pieces four times a year. It’s more like buy a couple of pieces a few times a year.
Instead, we have big bloggers suggesting a base capsule of 37 pieces. Want a fun fact? That’s only SLIGHTLY smaller than my current, non-capsule closet right now if we don’t count pajamas. In fact, it’s twice the size of my wardrobe as a teenager on a massive budget. And I didn’t supplement my wardrobe during the seasons. Teenage me was allowed $300 a year to buy what I needed because that’s what my family could afford.
Let’s skip past the fact that families living on or below the poverty level likely already have built-in capsule wardrobes. I know I did. We’re here to have a good time, not write a scathing article about how capsule wardrobe is now code word for rampant consumerism. Fashion Magazine already kind of did that anyway.All I am trying to say, is that it isn't a fucking capsule wardrobe if you have 81 pieces in it and you shop all year round. Click To Tweet
The point is- I tried a 10 day capsule wardrobe with 10 clothing pieces, three pairs of shoes, and two belts.
I still broke the rules because fuck if I didn’t realize that my outerwear choices were complete crap.
Seriously. I chose a felt coat and a grey cardigan. Neither were warm enough for the cold weather, and neither were functional enough for rainy days. I found my outerwear choices were the biggest issue with my capsule, primarily due to the weather. I likely wouldn’t have broken the rules if I hadn’t made such awful choices in my layering pieces.
So, if you’re going to try a capsule wardrobe, I suggest strongly considering your layering pieces.
Other than that, I liked how easy it was to get dressed in the morning. While my wardrobe is already small, shrinking it town to ten pieces (15 with accessories) made getting dressed a breeze. I was concerned with nothing, because the choice was practically already made for me.
I’ve already suggested it before, but minimizing your closet really helps speed up getting dressed for the day.
Do I think you need to go full on capsule to minimize your closet? No.
See, the main issue I have in general with the idea of a capsule wardrobe is that despite its minimalist idea- it can be costly to make one. If you’re putting together a wardrobe of even 12 key pieces that are supposed to be timeless and well made, that’s going to cost you. Fast fashion from H&M or Forever 21 aren’t going to hold up enough to put into a capsule wardrobe.
If you want to make it easier to get dressed and declutter your closet, I think it’s more important to just know when to let go of pieces.Cleaning your closet out can likely get you the same results as building a capsule wardrobe. It won't be as hip, but your life will be easier. Click To Tweet
Are you looking to clean out that wreck of a closet? No prob. Sign up for my email list to be notified when my free seven-day closet cleaning series starts! I’ll guide you through the tricky process of getting rid of pieces in your closet when you don’t want to. And while yeah, we’ll talk about rebuilding your closet, that’s not the important part.
Remember, you don’t need nine pairs of shoes and nine handbags to have a good closet. That isn’t the point. The point is to have a closet that is effective as possible for your lifestyle.