Capsule wardrobe: De-Clutter your life today
Some might be wondering, which one is ‘capsule wardrobe’ again now? Relax, you know it, you just don’t realize it yet. The term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s is nothing new. According to her, 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 jackets, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.
Do More With åLess
What if I told you that owning less clothing would end your nothing-to-wear syndrome? That’s the theory behind a capsule wardrobe — a small collection of largely season less, versatile basics. Having an extremely flexible wardrobe reduces the number of items you sift through each day, while also giving you more options.
Here’s how to make your own.
We love to hang on to pieces that have sentimental value or that were a bit of a splurge, but eliminating items you don’t wear can be a liberating, therapeutic process.
Sort your clothes into three categories:
What you love and will keep
Items to be discardedå
Clothing you can’t part with, but don’t wear
Put that third category in a separate place and keep the pieces for one to three months. If you haven’t missed them after that period, it’s time to eliminate them.
What You Need
Your capsule can contain as few as 35 items but not more than 50. To get started, here’s a sample capsule wardrobe, which you can adjust according to your workplace and lifestyle:
2-3 work pants (fewer if you work in a creative office and wear jeans)
2 pairs of jeans (black; white or a lighter color)
3 blouses (short-sleeved, long-sleeved, sleeveless — depending on weather, body, preference)
3-5 jackets with variation in weight and warmth
5-10 pairs of shoes (include sneakers, flats, heels, sandals)
3 handbags (year-round, evening, occasion)
2-3 scarves, other accessories
4-10 pieces of signature jewelry
Most capsule wardrobes will be rooted in neutral colors and classic pieces, but it’s nice to have a few standout pieces with creative details and edge. Those items can still operate as some of your signature staples, despite the fact that they aren’t neutral. Remember: Neutral is relative — for some it may mean stripes, while others will interpret it as black or tan.
Fill in the Blanks
What key pieces are missing from your collection? Refer back to the capsule wardrobe list and check off what you already own, noting condition and fit. If a piece is on its way out, add it to your upcoming list of items you want to target and replace. If it’s questionable because of fit, take them to a tailor.
There’s no room for impulse purchases, so make sure each piece is deliberate and cohesive. Creating a budget is key. Sticking to your list when you’re in stores or browsing online is essential. It’s easy to get derailed — so if something isn’t on your list, bookmark it or take a photo of it, and consider it for a while before purchasing.
Once you’ve purged and made some strategic purchases, it’s time to take a fresh look at your new, curated collection. Avoid the need to create “outfits,” as everything should more or less work together. You will likely identify some still-missing items, which is to be expected. Move those to the top of your ongoing wish list and keep an eye out for those pieces when sifting through sales or browsing online.
It is possible that some items simply won’t be part of the capsule, but will stay in your wardrobe nonetheless. We all have those items that are worn infrequently for special occasions. Keep those in a separate section of your wardrobe or pushed to the back, so you can have your capsule items in easy-to-access locations.