The fabled capsule wardrobe is an ideal many aspire to. The thought of getting up in the morning to be greeted by a sleek selection of just the right clothes really is appealing. Once and for all, our wardrobe frustrations could be solved: No more ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ days. However, many have tried but few have succeeded in creating a capsule wardrobe.
The concept of the capsule wardrobe was created in the 70s by Susie Faux, owner of a London boutique (so says Wikipedia). The principle of the capsule wardrobe is that a person should have a curated collection of clothing staples that rise above the whims of fashion. These provide the foundation of a wardrobe, on top of which of-the-moment styles can be added. The staples remain for years, allowing you to limit the amount of clothing you own. A few deftly chosen additions each season prevent boredom and keep the wearer in fashion.
It really is a great theory. But rarely is this the reality. The Netflix series ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ offers a window into the frighteningly crowded wardrobes and drawers of normal people. Achieving a capsule wardrobe is difficult; so many influences encourage us to accumulate big collections of clothes. It was Black Friday two days ago, and who can resist those bargains? The concept of two seasons – autumn/winter and spring/summer – has been replaced by weekly new store drops. There’s always something new to tempt us.
If you do want to achieve a capsule wardrobe, some tactics that could help are:
- Think about the essence of your own style, and choose pieces to reflect that. (See this post on identifying your signature style – https://rewearitwell.com/2020/11/02/do-you-need-a-signature-style/ )
- Ignore prescriptions for what should be in your capsule wardrobe. Many recommend a blazer and a white shirt. I own a white shirt but hardly ever wear it, partly because I hate ironing. Blazers aren’t my thing – I like cardigans. Your version capsule wardrobe might include skinny jeans in blue, black and grey.
- Focus on quality fabrics such as cotton, wool and Tencel because they’ll look good for years. On the other hand, synthetic fabrics can bobble and show wear very quickly.
Below – some of my staples. The coral cardigan shows that a capsule collection doesn’t have to be neutral colours
A capsule wardrobe is more sustainable. Buying less and wearing more is much greener. And the joy of a pared down wardrobe is real. Getting dressed this way is much easier and less stressful.
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