Capsule Wardrobes 101

DISCLAIMER: Welcome back to another long awaited blog post! I'm not going to lie - I've been feeling a little uninspired with writing blog posts lately because either I've been busy or I've been filming videos... which leads me to the next thing! If you didn't know, I started a YouTube channel! It aligns with this blog pretty well, so if you enjoy what I post here, you may enjoy my videos as well! With that said, my goal is start uploading at least one video a week, SO I may start to cut back on blog posts to one a week. I just finished uploading my first capsule wardrobe video to YouTube a couple of weeks ago... yay! I also uploaded a video on the what, how, and why's of capsule wardrobes. Since I felt like that was a pretty informative video, I though I'd also post the same thing on here but in written form for anyone who prefers to read than listen. So basically, if you've watched that video, this will be nothing new, just a different format.

Capsule wardrobes were first originated, or should I say, the term "capsule wardrobe" was originated by Susie Faux, the owner of a boutique in London called "Wardrobe" in the 1970s. It, however, didn't catch on in America until the 80's when the designer, Donna Karen, introduced her "Seven Easy Pieces" collection. The idea of one was to have a good 30 items or fewer to include shoes and accessories and it's purpose was to save money, closet space, and time.

So, capsules wardrobes are basically carefully crafted and curated wardrobes consisting of interchangeable staple pieces in coordinating colors that you can easily mix and match amongst each other. There's usually a specific color palette associated with one's capsule so that everything flows better and it's also usually pared down to a limited number such as 20, 30, or 40. But, in saying that, there are no exact rules and you can mold your capsule wardrobe into whatever best fits your life. Your capsule wardrobe will typically be  divided into four groups if you live in a four seasons area.

It's important that I state that building a capsule wardrobe doesn't mean going out and buying a new wardrobe. It's about looking at the clothes you already own and using what you already have. If you happen to be missing a few good staple items, it's not a bad idea to invest in them, but make it a last stop option. When I first started building my own, I had to do some thinking. What colors do I like best and look best on me? What materials and patterns do I always gravitate toward? This helped me sort of visualize what direction I was going with my capsule wardrobe. There are so many different blogs and videos out there to help you get started, but I really want to emphasize, no matter what they tell you or persuade you to do, don't go out and buy a bunch of new stuff because that's not the point of a capsule wardrobe.

I love organization and planning and I also love clothes and fashion. But let me tell you, I was always the person who'd spend a good 20 minutes going back and forth on what I should wear. It was such a stressful thing! When I have a smaller collection of clothes in front of me consisting of only things that all match together for the most part and that I love, so much time is saved in deciding on outfits. Have you ever thought about some of the inspirational and successful leaders who seem to wear the same thing every time you see a photograph of them? Think of Steve Jobs. Unfortunately he's passed away, but he was a genius and a very successful man. He was always seen wearing a black turtleneck and a pair of blue jeans and never really changed it up. Or for instance, Albert Einstein. Apparently he, the famous physicist, had several versions of the same exact grey suit because he didn't want to waste brainpower choosing what to wear each morning. Obviously you don't have to wear the same exact thing everyday, but paring down to a limited collection can save you a lot of time and stress. And as someone who's experienced the change from pre-capsule wardrobe to having one, I can vouch that it's so true.

I hope you've enjoyed my content on capsule wardrobes so far. It's something I've really come to enjoy and appreciate!

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