Capsule wardrobes are a trend for modern economical shoppers. They may not be for everyone, but there are a few key takeaways from this minimalistic closet concept that can be valuable to anyone.
In case you’re new to the capsule wardrobe concept, here’s a quick introduction: Capsule wardrobes are mini collections of essential and versatile pieces that you love to wear, and usually commit to wearing for a set period of time. For example, you might create a capsule of 30 pieces that include dresses, pants, tops, jewelry and shoes and then wear only those pieces for three months. You can learn more about how to create this type of wardrobe on sites like Unfancy and The Every Girl.
Having lived with a capsule-esque closet for several years, I’ve learned that while I like the overall concept, I’m not too big on sticking to black and white rules. Even so, capsules have taught me lessons that have allowed me to use my closet to boost my confidence and define my personal style.
Here are three lessons you can take from capsule wardrobes and apply to your closet:
1. Less really is more, even with your closet.
You would think that the more options you have in your closet, the better off you would be. Yet if you ever give a capsule wardrobe a chance, you might be surprised to learn that the opposite holds true. Scaling your closet down to just the essentials gives you a host of benefits including feeling more organized, spending less time getting ready, spending less money on clothing and feeling more confident in what you’re wearing.
2. There’s a difference between liking and loving your closet.
In an age where clothes are relatively cheap and can be easily exchanged, returned or passed along, it’s not uncommon to grab something that “works” off the rack. Yet when you’re working with a capsule – a limited collection of clothing and accessories – you have to find pieces that you actually love. Suddenly you’re pairing down your closet and thinking carefully about why you keep or buy something and why you decide to pass on it. Being intentional with your wardrobe helps you understand your personal style and makes you a smart shopper – saving you time and money in the long run.
3. There’s something to be said for doing the work up front.
Shopping, finding and creating a closet you love takes time – a lot of time. It’s not a project you can solve with one visit to your local mall or a couple of hours online. However, the payoff once you’ve done the work is tenfold. A closet is something you use every single day and it’s often the first part of your day. By putting in the intentional effort upfront, you’re setting yourself up for success first thing in the morning down the road.