WTF is a capsule wardrobe and why do I want one?

If you follow any other fashion blogs you will probably have seen this phrase thrown around somewhere. The capsule wardrobe. Just the words to me sound minimalistic and chic.

The capsule wardrobe was (according to Wikepedia) a term coined in the 1970’s by a lady called Susie Faux and used to describe the essential pieces of your wardrobe. These integral pieces of your wardrobe can survive the constantly changing trends and create different interchangeable outfits.

How do you find your capsule wardrobe?

One way to find out  to do is try the 10 x 10 challenge. This challenge, invented and popularized by Style Bee is as follows:

  1. PICK ANY 10 ITEMS FROM YOUR CURRENT CLOSET
  2. STYLE THOSE ITEMS INTO 10 DIFFERENT LOOKS
  3. USE 10 DAYS TO DO IT
  4. HAVE FUN AND DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY!

It is worth noting that accessories do not count and you can be flexible. This is a fun way to try and make the most and work out what your true die-hard wardrobe pieces are.

Why do you want a capsule wardrobe? Because if you are anything like me, you’re tiny wardrobe space is bursting at the seams and it makes it pretty hard to find anything or stay on top of what you have got. I live in a teeny one-bedroom apartment in Amsterdam. My kitchen looks temporary and like it is not sure if it wants to stay or travel around festivals for the rest of the year (the hob we have can be picked up and most microwaves are bigger than my oven) . So, a capsule wardrobe is right up my street. Having less additional items you don’t need is weirdly therapeutic. And trust me, I never thought I would say that.

Another way to reach your sartorial bare necessities, is to have a serious clear-out of anything you have not worn in the last two years and a look at your go-to pieces. Narrow these down; a couple of pairs of trousers, some tops and a couple of pairs of shoes. This is your capsule wardrobe. How inventive can you be to reduce and create new outfits from these pieces? I like to wear white long sleeve t-shirts under dresses, and I opt for items that can be worn in multiple seasons with the addition of a pair of tights. If you are bored of your clothes, see if one of your friends will do a swap. Rent your fancy clothes from rental shops.

What is your best method of reaching a minimalist wardrobe?

 

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