'Tis the season of S I M P L I C I T Y .
Have you heard of the new term buzzing about the fashion community, "capsule wardrobe"? I hadn't, but I'm now on board with the concept and am making it a reality in my (oh-so-small) new closet.
The term "capsule wardrobe" was coined in the 70's (by Susie Faux) and has since had it's ups, it's downs, it's transitions and now, possibly, it's heyday!
Originally meant to be a year-round wardrobe of classic, quality pieces (adding up to about 12) - the term has shifted to a more approachable definition lately.
The current trend is having a well curated, (approximately) 30 piece wardrobe for each season - including shoes & bags! Everything should coordinate in a way that makes mixing and matching super simple.
Minimalism is cool, yes. BUT that's not the only reason the capsule wardrobe is gaining traction in this day and age…
People are more concerned about their time. Whether you're a boss-babe (gal or guy) or an adventure-advocate, we're all looking to save time. Whether you need that time for productivity or for simply soaking up some sun, we're all in agreement that time is precious.
And that, my friends, is why I'm on board with the trend. I've got a few more reasons as well…
5 Reasons to Create a Capsule Wardrobe
1. It Saves Time
Limiting the time you fuss with your clothing gives you more time for your loved ones and more time for your passions. More time for living life.
It also saves you from "decision fatigue", freeing up your mind for creative and productive thinking. CEO's and big-wig-success-stories have been embracing a super-minimal trend for a long while. From computer guru Mark Zuckerberg to creatives like Matilda Kahl, many find it liberating to have a uniform. While I cannot get on board with a true "uniform", no matter how productive or creative it might make me, I CAN and will subscribe to a more minimalistic, mix-and-match wardrobe.
2. It Saves Money
"Fast Fashion" is cheap, but it's expensive!! When you thoughtfully choose and spend on the few pieces in your wardrobe, you quickly find the desire to BUY BUY BUY has quieted! (Okay, not entirely - but it's a far less pressing voice when you have clothing that looks and feels great.)
3. It Saves Space
Pretty simple one. Don't know about you, but I just don't have room for the mess of a wardrobe I've accumulated.
4. It Saves The Environment!
Less shopping = less carbon footprint. (If you want to be extra kind to mother earth, give new life to previously owned pieces and shop vintage!)
5. It Makes Packing a Breeze!
This one is HUGE for us. Last minute packing is usually a massive disaster that ends in 5 times the amount of items you need yet no actual outfits that go together. (Don't get me started on the amount of "overweight baggage" fees I've incurred thanks to last minute packing. It gets downright ugly, I tell you!). A pared-down, simplified wardrobe full of classic, well-fitting, thoughtfully curated pieces that all mix-and-match makes packing A BREEZE.
Final Thoughts On Capsule Wardrobes:
A simple wardrobe is freeing. Employing this (somewhat) minimalistic plan to my own life has created room for living more fully, enjoying my travels & thinking creatively! Quality over quantity has always been important to me, but in recent years I’ve gotten carried away with quick & cheap solutions/outfits that have only cluttered and complicated my life. I don’t see myself ever going back to “fast fashion”. I’m sticking to a slim, mix-and-match, classic & curated closet.
Capsule Wardrobes Are Ideal For Travel, Travelers, & Anyone Seeking Simplicity For Living A Full Life!