By Elise Miller
The capsule wardrobe is something you may have seen bouncing around lifestyle blogs, minimalist culture, or on Pinterest. As a sucker for any new lifestyle trend, I had to try it. The only problem is that I am also a bit of a clothes-hoarder. I shop a little too much and constantly feel like I need to have all my clothing options open to me (ya know, just in case I need to choose 20 other of my gray shirts to go with my jeans) while in reality I end up wearing the same few outfits over and over again. The capsule wardrobe is basically taking your go-to outfits and making them a million times better.
So, what exactly is a capsule wardrobe?
The capsule wardrobe is a small collection of seasonal clothes in a simple color palate that easily mix and match. Most capsules are between 30 to 40 articles of clothing—this includes shirts, jeans, jackets, skirts, shoes, cardigans, dresses. Excludes: underwear, socks, workout clothes, and PJs.
If you’re super hardcore and a challenge-seeker, you can add in jewelry, tights, hats, and scarves into your capsule counting an article of clothing. I based my experiment off the blog Unfancy which has more detailed tips for creating your own capsule wardrobe.
Clothes-hoarder meets minimalist-struggle
As this was my first try, I was on the big end of the spectrum with 40 articles of clothing. If you’re having trouble narrowing everything down, don’t get discouraged! The capsule wardrobe is supposed to make your life easier and not harder. Give yourself a break and allow some exceptions if you have to. For me, it was shoes. I couldn’t decide between two pairs of black heels, so I decided to keep them both— guilt-free.
But monitor and limit your exceptions or else you won’t get rid of anything. Don’t let yourself be overly-sentimental. Only keep clothes that are in the color scheme, fit well, and coordinate with the other pieces of your capsule. If that makes you nervous, just remember: it’s only for a season! Your other clothes will just be in storage waiting for you.
With that in mind, be ruthless. Pick a color scheme. For me it was blue and black as my basic colors with accents in tan and yellow. Stick to the color scheme—it’s what will make all your pieces coordinate and work well together. Versatility is premium when you’re working with a limited number of pieces.
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