Wednesday, December 9, 2015

An Introduction to the Capsule Wardrobe

Sample Capsule Wardrobe

When my Mister and I went on a cruise earlier in the year, I went through a bit of a packing crisis. How do I cover leaving a below-freezing city and traveling to a sub-tropical climate, with formal dinners and beach time thrown in between?! After spending time researching online, I discovered the capsule wardrobe concept. So I carefully planned and packed a single suitcase with pieces that mixed and matched and layered with each other. While we were traveling, what to wear was often the last thing on my mind, since a lot of the guesswork was taken out of it! So after returning home, I decided to delve further into capsule wardrobes and try adopting them for my everyday wear. The thing was, at that point, I was tired of having a closet and dresser filled with nothing to wear. I wanted to get more wear out of my clothes with less clutter, and the capsule wardrobe concept seemed like the solution.

For those of you that don't know, a capsule wardrobe is about building a basic selection of clothing with good, quality basics, and then sprinkling in a few trendier or seasonal pieces to mix and match. The general idea is to think of your wardrobe in terms of a whole, rather than numerous individual outfits. In most cases, it follows the rule of only having a certain number of clothes in your capsule (like with Project 333), but in other cases it does not. 

For me, the capsule wardrobe concept is about building a selection of clothing that works for me and my lifestyle, but gives me the flexibility to wear the same piece in a variety of different ways. It takes the guesswork out of getting dressed in the mornings, and keeps me well within my clothing budget each time I go shopping. 

Want to begin your own capsule wardrobe? It all starts with downsizing! Click here to read my previous post on paring down your closet. You can then follow up with Unfancy's guide to how to build a capsule wardrobe and Light by Coco's tips for creating a capsule wardrobe for details and advice on the curating process.

Just remember- it's not about following a set of rules. It's about making the capsule wardrobe principles work for you. :)

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