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Create a capsule wardrobe

Posted on 21 May 2018
Create a capsule wardrobe

Capsule Wardrobe is a term that was coined by Susie Faux in the 1970s. Susie was the owner of a London boutique called "Wardrobe", which specialised in clothing that would never go out of fashion. She believed that with the right essential items, you could update your look every season without having to start afresh.

In short, a 'capsule wardrobe' is a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces. Some might say it's a 24-37 piece wardrobe that's rotated every three months and it's made up of items like:

If you're the sporty type, you'll need to add some gym wear, and of course, you'll need a bit of bling...but you get the gist.

Why build a capsule wardrobe?

There are three main reasons why you should build a capsule wardrobe.

1. Save time

  Living and dressing with less means more time to spend on the things that matter most. Too many mornings are spent frantically tearing back hanger after hanger of clothes looking for something to wear when it could be simplified. No one has time for indecisiveness, so reduce your options and get dressed fast.

2.  More money

A capsule wardrobe is a great way to build an expensive wardrobe on the cheap. Buying quality pieces isn't always possible when you're packing out your wardrobe with every window display you walk past. Minimalism and careful planning saves you money, plain and simple and this makes room for a few high quality, timeless pieces.

3. Less stress

A capsule wardrobe helps you weed out all the negative feelings that connect to your clothes, be it guilt, chaos, the endless laundry or the pain of owning clothes you no longer fit into. A capsule wardrobe is all about items you feel great in. If you don't absolutely love a piece, it doesn't belong in your wardrobe. You're left only with clothes that make you feel great and this means less stress when finding something to wear. 

How to build a capsule wardrobe

If you are going to go to the trouble of building a capsule wardrobe, do it right.

Purge and evaluate

The first step to building a capsule wardrobe is to purge and evaluate. Set aside a few hours, enlist the help of a friend, and pull everything out of your existing wardrobe. Keep only what still fits, only what's in style, and only clothes in good condition. Remember, if something doesn't make you feel great, it doesn't belong in your capsule wardrobe.

Shop in one go

If your budget allows you to do it, shop for your capsule wardrobe in one go. This reduces the risk of being tempted to buy every time you enter the shops because you can stick to a list and keep track of everything you need for a high quality capsule wardrobe. No more random purchases!

After purging and evaluating your wardrobe, you might find you are left with 20 items you truly love. This means you have up to 17 items you can add to your capsule wardrobe. Write down what's missing, piece together an outfit you feel great in, and head to Pialba Place. With a range of diverse fashion stores, including Black Berrie, Go Girl, Savvy Girl, Millers and Rockmans, there's something for every preferred style. Stores like Shoe Frenzy and Williams will help you complete your look so you look great head to heel. For handcrafted jewellery and hand woven shawls and scarves, visit the Gift Bag Collective  

Stay organised

The trick to getting the most from your capsule wardrobe is to keep it organised. Perhaps you want your capsule wardrobe out in the open where you can admire its carefully curated simplicity? Maybe you want a separate divider in your wardrobe from the rest of your clothes? The more compact the solution, the more it forces you to stay organised and the easier it is to find things. By keeping your capsule wardrobe separate from everything else you own, you can start with the basics and then grab what you need.

Loving your capsule wardrobe  

The bottom line is that a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters. It means less time staring at too many choices and more money in your pocket to invest in high quality pieces. It means having something to wear no matter the occasion using the "3 of each rule" - one casual, one statement, one in-between.

There will be mistakes, but learn from these and you'll hone in on your style more than you thought possible. This will inevitably lead to a life of happiness and contentment.

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