I stumbled upon the concept of a capsule wardrobe 2 years ago and was intrigued by the idea, so I decided to try it out for one season. Two years later, I’m still doing and couldn’t imagine otherwise!
What is a capsule wardrobe?
Basically, you create a capsule wardrobe for each season, with a specific number for each category of clothing you’ll wear. For example, you pick 15 tops, 6 jeans, 4 skirts, 3 dresses, 2 bags, 2 flats, 2 heels, 4 boots for summer, and you wear those for the entire summer by mixing and matching. Here’s the catch: you can’t do any shopping within the season, and are only allowed to wear what is in your capsule wardrobe. You are only allowed to do shopping in the transition to the next season to prepare for your fall capsule wardrobe. Ideally, you build your capsule wardrobe for each season and, over the years, reduce the need to buy more unless you have pieces that need replacing.
Why do a capsule wardrobe?
Capsule wardrobes are for those of us who are sick of having a full closet but always feelings like we have nothing to wear. 2 years ago I had no idea what my style was and simply had a bursting closet which I hate going through and always felt frustrated about. Having a capsule wardrobe allowed me to carefully plan my clothing items and pick clothes that I really actually liked, instead of just picking trendy items or those that are on sale.
Is it worth it?
I find that it is totally worth it! It helps you discover your personal style and save money! Imagine, you are on a self-imposed shopping hiatus for 3 months and can’t do any impulsive shopping! It was a miracle-worker for my bank account, and it gave me peace of mind knowing that I have a reasonable wardrobe to choose form every day, with pieces I love. It taught me how to invest on key pieces which are good quality and will not break in the 2nd washing. If you want to inject a little order and simplicity in your life, try starting a capsule wardrobe!