I saw the term “capsule wardrobe” floating around a couple of months ago and I was so intrigued. The more and more I read about it, the better the concept sounded. Have you ever walked into your closet full of clothes and said, “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!!” and then proceed to put on something that you wear practically once a week? I, along with many many others, do this all of the time. Hence, some genius came up with the capsule wardrobe.
Every definition varies a little but essentially it’s a wardrobe made up of about 30 pieces total. That’s IT! The number can vary depending on what you read. You can choose 28, for example, and have 4 of every category. The main point is to choose a number ahead of time and stick to it. The items in the wardrobe aren’t just any ol’ items though… They should be pieces that you really love. That’s the best part about a capsule wardrobe- since you love everything in your closet, you never have the “I have nothing to wear” issue. Not only that but I’ve read that people save a lot of money using this method. They don’t feel the need or desire to buy anything new because their closet is “full” of things they love. Speaking of a full closet… That is no longer an issue, which is a huge plus in my book.
It’s currently 97°F here in Phoenix today so I’m not able to create my capsule wardrobe for fall just yet. However, when it starts to get cooler I’m definitely going to try it out. The thought of getting rid of most of my clothes in my closet honestly scares me but the pros really do outweigh the cons. Less money spent on clothes means more money to spend on adventure (and food), right? I’ve never quite understood why and how people would continue buying more and more clothes when they already have a full closet. But wait… That’s me…
This wardrobe that I created includes my favorite things that I could wear daily. If you have similar style and love neutrals with a little bit of navy and red thrown in there, this works for you too! There are literally millions of different directions to go with these. Pick items that you love and would be happy to flaunt all season!
As for clothes such as pajamas and workout clothes: I’m not going to consider them as part of my wardrobe. However, if I have a pair of shorts or leggings that I don’t wear to workout or if I don’t want to make them fit into my capsule wardrobe, they’re going bye bye. I’ve read that some people have a “basics” capsule wardrobe in which they include things like undergarments, pajamas, workout clothes, running shoes, etc. along with their “closet” capsule wardrobe. It’s the same concept as what I described above, just two capsule wardrobes total.
If you’re even thinking about trying out a capsule wardrobe, try! If you’re hesitant because you don’t want to get rid of everything, don’t! Just pack it up and try the capsule method for a few months. Worse comes to worse you can learn what it’s like to have a capsule wardrobe for a season.