When you go to get dressed, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make. In a life full of decisions, that can be unnecessary roughness (#iknowthingsaboutfootball) that you don’t need in your life.
A capsule wardrobe is one solution to your too-many-decisions.
The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is that your entire wardrobe could potentially fit into one suitcase. Some people take it down to 30ish items. The capsule wardrobe comes from fashion designer Susie Faux who grew up with parents and grandparents who were tailors. She had a desire to help women gain confidence and style using her unique approach. She defined the capsule wardrobe like this:
The basic idea is simple: by building a capsule wardrobe you will buy fewer clothes of a higher quality that you will wear more often. You will look and feel confident and successful because the quality will show and because you know that the overall look works.
I’m here to tell you it works! I have worked her magic and gone from hot mess to confident every time I get dressed. Moreover, I’ve lost the clutter and decision anxiety that comes from our normal way of doing clothes. Personally, I have 30 hangars filled with things I love and the only other clothing I have other than underthings are four pairs of shorts and my workout (work) clothes. I’ve even simplified and capsuled those as well.
Designer Donna Karan and Faux were both inspired by career women and their desire to look polished and put together, but not necessarily in a suit. Fast forward to today, I think every woman wants to feel that way, according to their own unique style. It’s hard, sometimes, to do that when there is such a variety in your closet. Personally, I couldn’t see straight to develop my own style until I paired it way down.
A capsule wardrobe is like Garanimals (the tops and bottoms with animals on their tags at Walmart that all mix and match together) for adults. It’s a smaller wardrobe that is compiled of pieces that are classic items like pants, skirts and tops along with seasonal and trendy pieces that all go together. The items in your capsule wardrobe are all things you love to wear but also things that easily mix and match together to make many different outfits.
But why would you get rid of so many clothes? Because doing so allows you to reduce clutter and focus on what you really love. These items help you to reduce every day decision anxiety and also ensure you look and feel like a million bucks. You see everything in that photo below? It all goes together and it all makes me feel amazing!
Everyone will do the capsule wardrobe differently. I’ve got this worksheet to help you brainstorm! To use the worksheet, first do the journaling. Then go through what you’ve got and plan your pieces. You might need to pick up a few things. Finally, plan your outfits. Then reduce your wardrobe and your decisions! If you want to get really fancy, take photos of you in your outfits and put them in your closet like I did with the girls.
Tell me what you come up with!