Do you get out of bed some mornings, look in your closet packed with clothes and say to yourself “All these clothes and nothing to wear”? If this resonates with you, oh dear, this is not the way to start your morning! Rather, you should look in your closet and pick out your outfit within a matter of seconds!
One way to solve this early morning problem is to create a “capsule wardrobe”. Maybe you’ve heard of “capsules” but don’t know what they are? Style bloggers are all writing about their personal experiments in implementing a capsule wardrobe. Well, if you’re interested to know the simple why and how of implementing a capsule wardrobe, just read on.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
According to the Style Coaching Institute®, a capsule wardrobe is a “small group of clothes and accessories which can be mixed and matched to create a number of individual outfits.” The concept was created by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. There have been so many blogs written about capsule wardrobes – one of the most widely read is Project 333 which is a “fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months.”
What are the Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe?
Capsules are great for those who
- want to minimize the time to get ready in the morning,
- have limited space,
- are on a limited budget, or for those who
- travel a lot and want to take less baggage.
With a capsule wardrobe you have lots of flexibility and quick creativity with your wardrobe.
6 Rules for Building a Capsule Wardrobe
You start with these rules in mind:
- 1 Capsule/Lifestyle Activity – work, smart casual, leisure at home, exercise, etc. I would start first building one capsule for where I spent the most time, such as work.
- Less is More – buy fewer clothes of higher quality that will fit better and last longer.
- 80/20 Rule – 80% of the clothes will be for the upper body and 20% of the clothes will be for the lower body.
- Neutral is the Base – Choose neutrals in your colors; a well-chosen neutral base provides many opportunities for adding splashes of colors.
- Accessories are Key – Necklaces, scarves, belts and shoes are key to creating the different looks.
- Catalogue Your Outfits – To save extra time, when you create a new outfit take a picture and catalogue the look. I create a secret Pinterest board and pin photos of all my outfits. This was so helpful when I traveled for work and had to pack every week!
Examples of Capsules
As I said, there are so many examples of different capsule wardrobes. I picked a few I liked and posted to my capsule wardrobe Pinterest board. Click here to check it out. While you’re there follow me on Pinterest!
If you have any questions on capsule wardrobes or any other style questions just contact me here. I would love to help you!