What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?

by Andi Willis  goodlifeorganizing.net

Have you ever considered creating a capsule wardrobe? Have you even heard of a capsule wardrobe? The idea has been popping into my head and my social media streams a lot lately. Then a friend mentioned it to me and I thought I’d look take a closer look.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

The ever knowledgeable Wikipedia defines a capsule wardrobe as

“a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.”

So by this definition it is a concise wardrobe with classic pieces that can be worn throughout a variety of seasons.

Variations on a Capsule Wardrobe Theme

Another way to look at the capsule wardrobe is as a more streamlined, very versatile wardrobe that encourages less shopping, fits into smaller closets and that you LOVE wearing. Enter Courtney Carver of Project 333 andBe More With Less. While she doesn’t specifically call Project 333 a capsule wardrobe, she does call it a minimalist fashion challenge. She focuses on wearing 33 items (and just those 33 items) for 3 months. Eek! That sounds scary.

Courtney’s Project 333 rules include:

  • Length of time – 3 months
  • Wardrobe – 33 items including clothing, outwear, shoes and accessories
  • What doesn’t count towards the 33 items – sentimental jewelry like your wedding ring that you wear all the time, underwear, pajamas, lounge-around the house wear (like my yoga pants, right?) and workout clothing that you actually workout in.

She also says to box up the clothes and other items that you aren’t using as part of the challenge and put them somewhere else for the 3 month duration.


Why A Capsule Wardrobe?

Many reasons have been given for creating a capsule wardrobe.

  • Save money by reducing shopping
  • Save time by having few choices when you get dress in the morning
  • Create more space in your life by having more space in your closet
  • Expend less time and energy worrying about what you are going to wear

Statistics show that we only wear 20% of our clothes most of the time anyway so the capsule wardrobe just builds on that. You may also notice that many very successful people have a “uniform.” Think Mark Zuckerberg’s jeans, t-shirt and hoodie. Getting dressed everyday is routine and a non-issue so he can concentrate on making Facebook the internet powerhouse that it is. It may just work for you.

The Next Step

Suffice it to say, I’m very intrigued. I’ve been considering what I would put in my own capsule wardrobe and what I might miss. I’ve also considered that I am a rule follower but I also believe in creating a system that works for the user (me). So I am going to think on this a little more and create my own set of guidelines (that sounds more user friendly than rules) and get to work.

Over the next few weeks I will share that process with you and we’ll see how it goes.

Would you ever consider creating a wardrobe with less than 40 items?

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