In today’s post I would like to talk to you about the capsule wardrobe, or minimalist wardrobe, a very popular concept in recent years. The excesses of consumerism, but also an increasingly complex and sometimes stressful lifestyle, in fact, push many people to look for style formulas that are simpler and at the same time more chic to dress well, but also quickly in everyday life and avoid waste.
But what exactly is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is, simply put, a careful selection of garments and accessories that can be combined to create multiple outfits with a relatively limited number of pieces.
In this sense, a wardrobe capsule lends itself to multiple uses: there are those who create a single capsule wardrobe to be used every day, 12 months a year, and those who instead keep multiple capsules in parallel, one for each occasion of use. There are also those who travel a lot and use the capsule wardrobe to pack efficiently or create seasonal capsules, replacing them every new season.
In short, it’s up to us to integrate (if we want to) this powerful style tool into our daily life, taking the maximum possible advantage of it: minimizing the number of garments and accessories (and therefore also our spending) while maximizing the result – in terms of style, time and money savings, but also creativity.
But let’s see now what are the – many – advantages that the capsule wardrobe offers:
#1 MORE EFFICIENCY
When we have in our closet only things that are perfect for us, i.e. that suit us, are the right size, in the colors that enhance our personal colors and adapt to our real occasions of use, we will be able to really get dressed in 5 minutes in the morning.
Not only that: having few things means having everything in sight and at hand and less workload for the maintenance of our belongings. A significant time saving, with the bonus of always being dressed impeccably.
#2 COST SAVING
This point may seem obvious, but in reality the savings that a capsule wardrobe makes possible are multiple. Moving from a logic of quantity to purchases based on quality, not only will you buy less, but the things we buy will last even longer.
In addition, there will be fewer expenses related to the care and maintenance of our clothes. This frees up resources that we can allocate to the purchase of really luxurious and “special” garments and accessories that will elevate our entire wardrobe!
#3 GREATER AWARENESS AND INTENTIONALITY
When we decide to buy less, but better, we will pay more attention to each new purchase. Yes, because if we continue to buy things without really thinking about it, just because they cost so little, we will end up filling our closet with things that do not make us any service.
Changing approach will greatly reduce the percentage of wrong purchases. Not only that: it will help us to pay more attention to our outfit combinations, to the benefit of our style.
#4 A HUGE INCREASE IN CREATIVITY
When we choose to limit the number of items in our wardrobe, we will suddenly gain a better overview of what we really own. And we will finally be able to “see” all the possible combinations that we can create with our carefully selected garments and accessories.
As long as our wardrobe is full of things, we will invariably continue to wear the same things, combining them in the same boring ways. Steve Jobs used to say, “creativity is combining different things”. Of course he wasn’t thinking about fashion, but that’s what happens when we switch to the capsule wardrobe!
#5 A CAPSULE WARDROBE IS GOOD FOR OUR SELF-ESTEEM
If we carefully select only what suits us and perfectly adapts to our body shape and complexion and, moreover, is comfortable and functional, we will see ourselves beautiful and elegant every single day. There will be no more bad outfits or days in which seeing ourselves in the mirror will make us feel dissatisfied, but only great outfits. And this has no price!
#6 MORE CONTROL
A capsule wardrobe allows us to create an oasis of order and organization, a happy place full only of beautiful things suitable for us.
And this feeling is often transmitted to other areas of our lives. Often, when I am stressed or confused, I decide to tidy up even just a single drawer or do a little decluttering in my closet. And, magically, this simple process helps me to tidy up even on a mental level.