I first got to learn about the Capsule Wardrobe whilst listening to the Lively Show podcast with Caroline from the blog Unfancy last spring. I really loved that episode and the concept of the Capsule Wardrobe that Caroline created kind of lingered, but with all the moving around I never did bother to actually put it into action, until this winter.
WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE?
A Capsule Wardrobe basically consists in streamlining all your clothes to a comfortable number to make sure you don’t end up buying things you don’t actually need/love ultimately allowing you to save money and time when it gets to dressing yourself.
Many people started this challenge to limit their shopping addiction, I for one HATE shopping for clothes, especially for myself. If you want me to be your buddy whilst shopping, no problem, but shopping for myself is just hellcometolife.com. The reason I decided to try this challenge was because I actually felt I didn’t know what I had in my wardrobe and needed to find my personal style a bit more.
Caroline suggests a total of 37 pieces per season (three months) including tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. I ended up with 30 – 3 pairs of shoes, 3 coats, 4 jeans, 2 dresses, and 18 tops, and believe me I could do with less but I like to keep my options open.
The streamlining process wasn’t that hard for me but if you have a hard time with that you can have a look at Caroline’s Planner. The philosophy is to keep things that you really love and actually wear and put them back in the closet and give the rest to charity or family.
During the process I actually noticed I don’t own many accessories which would actually really help my monochrome style. Luckily jewelry, workout clothes, accessories, bags, swimsuits, pjs/loungewear and underwear are not included in the Capsule Wardrobe so for those you’re free to shop anytime, whilst for actual clothes you need to wait for the end of each season to shop whatever you need for the season ahead.
Have you tried the Capsule Wardrobe already?