Capsule Wardrobe: Take your Closet to the Next Level
What if you always knew what to wear and never felt like your closet was a dead end? You’d sign up right away wouldn’t you? But what if being able to always know what to wear meant to reduce your wardrobe drastically? Would you even consider it? If the answer is yes, keep reading to discover everything about capsule wardrobe.
More is not more
Buying clothes has become part of our everyday life. Each time we set foot into a Zara, H&M, Top Shop etc… there is shiny new pieces only waiting for us to buy them. Because of this, we all own an average of 120 piece of clothes. I don’t know for you but I know lots of people for whom you could easily doubled this number. I’ve never realized it before but actually we (most women) are some kind of freaky clothes collector. It might not feel like it when buying clothes, but I’m pretty sure that we’ve all at, least once, bought an item that we never wore. So, ultimately it was only for the thrill of buying because we obviously didn’t needed it. It’s sometimes hard to know what is it, we really need. And that’s where Capsule Wardrobe intervene.
What’s a capsule wardrobe ?
So yes, what is it? According to Caroline from unfancy “It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear”. Seems pretty fun when you say it like that. Getting rid of all those clothes you don’t like or that don’t fit anymore and owning only items you love. Apparently, for those who practice it, it helped them find their own style by picking pieces they really liked. Also it saved them a lot of money and time and made them happier. Here is an example of a capsule wardrobe to show you how it works.
Marie Kondo would be proud
If you read Marie Kondo’s book, you have probably notice the similarity between these two methods. They both have the same ultimate goal which is to live a happier life. Marie Kondo’s methods applies to all your belongings while the other applies to your wardrobe only.
I read Marie Kondo’s book last year and it was really of a great help in every part of my life. As much as I found it very efficient for my other belongings, for my clothes it felt a little bit incomplete. I have, since then, reduced my wardrobe from half but I am still looking at my, now, half empty closet in a depressed way. So with the capsule wardrobe method, I feel like I have found the missing part.
An app to build your own capsule wardrobe
I’m no expert on capsule wardrobe since I’m just starting. But I came across a great website Cladwell. Basically it explains everything from A to Z and even helps you build your wardrobe online. I was so thrilled by this discovery that I immediately signed up and payed the $5/month for using it. It is too early for me to give you a real feedback about it but so far I like it. Your journey starts with the creation of your first capsule wardrobe. It will define your style, colors scheme what kind of life habits you have to then display what kind of clothes you should own. Then, you can fill in what you already own and make a list of what you need to buy. So next time you go shopping you can focus on those pieces only. You also have the possibility to upload pictures of pre-made outfits from your wardrobe. It’s a great way to remember what are your favorite matches.
Buying conscious made clothes
There is another dimension to the Cladwell app. The conscious level they add to it. Living on less clothes gives you the opportunity to put a little more money on each piece. This way, you can buy from companies that are transparent about their chain of production and not taking advantage of far away and poor people. Cladwell gives you a lot of tips on how and where to buy. And don’t worry, buying from conscious brands doesn’t mean that the fashion is not on point. As a matter of fact it’s pretty much the opposite. Some of these brands are cooler than cool. You could have ended up on their websites anyway.
So you’ll find below a list of brands that I like and that are also labeled conscious.
Credit cover picture by: Flying House