What are the benefits of a capsule wardrobe?
Firstly, you own what you love, and you love what you own. Everything in your wardrobe fits you, suits you, looks good, and makes you feel good. You look forward to wearing anything you own. Getting ready in the morning is a quick, simple and pleasurable experience. Secondly, you become more aware of the colours, styles, shapes, fabrics and patterns that appeal most to you. This means you become more confident when shopping for clothes, and it becomes a less stressful experience because you know what you are looking for. Finally, you shop less, and more intentionally, because you can easily identify the gaps in your wardrobe, and you know how to fill them. You own far less, but value what you own far more.
My Capsule Wardrobe (18 June 2017)
Outerwear: 1 winter coat, 1 raincoat
Jumpers & Cardigans: 3 jumpers, 3 cardigans
Dresses & Skirts: 4 dresses, 1 skirt
Bottoms: 1 pair jeggings, 2 pairs cotton trousers, 1 pair shorts
Shoes: 1 pair boots, 2 pairs Converse, 1 pair brogues
(NB: Although only the above items tend to be included in capsule wardrobes, I prefer to include all my clothes in mine.)
Gymwear: 1 top, 1 sports bra, 1 pair joggers
Nightwear: 1 pair pyjamas, 1 pair bedsocks
Underwear: 5 bras, 9 knickers, 5 pairs cosy socks, 5 pairs black socks, 2 pairs tights
Accessories: 1 scarf, 1 pair gloves, 1 purse, 1 keychain
Bags: 1 suitcase, 1 rucksack, 1 tote bag, 1 make-up bag, 1 cosmetics bag, 1 clear travel bag
Jewellery: 1 wedding ring, 1 pair earrings, 1 necklace
How I created my capsule wardrobe:
I emptied my wardrobe of all my clothes, sat down with them on the floor, took them one by one in my hands and asked whether I loved to wear them or not. If I answered yes, I kept them, and if not, then I donated them to charity. Things that didn’t fit, things that I bought because I thought someone I emulated would wear them, things that I once loved but that I have moved on from now – they all went to charity. I was left with a base colour wheel of black and navy, highlights of orange, pink, grey, royal blue, and red, and accents of silver, white and dark brown. My favoured patterns are floral, plain, or fair isle, with occasional stripes or detailing. Personally, I had to be quick and brutal, but it’s an individual process that may take more time for other people.
What a capsule wardrobe is not:
A specific number of items. A wardrobe of plain basics. The exact same items you saw on someone else’s blog. A capsule wardrobe is made up of items of clothing that are appropriate to your life, that reflect your personality, and that you love to wear.