the capsule wardrobe

Have you ever heard of a ‘capsule wardrobe’?
Not an entirely new concept, the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ dates back to the 1970s. Coined by store-owner Suzie Faux, a capsule wardrobe consisted of a foundation of clothing staples that are timeless, but can be augmented with seasonal pieces.
While the specific components vary from person to person, this minimalistic approach to fashion has experienced a recent rise in popularity.
According to UnFancy blogger Caroline Rector, a capsule wardrobe is “a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear”.

Call it seven years in Sweden, a nomadic lifestyle, or the fact that I’m currently going through a move, but I am completely in love with minimalism. The concept of ‘less is more’ is music to my ears, and I fantasize about clean lines, neutral colors, and simple silhouettes. While I enjoy a good sale every now and then, I know that constantly buying clothes isn’t good for my wallet or the environment, especially when most of those clothes end up in the dark corners of my closet, gathering dust. I much prefer the idea of having a few (or 37, according to Caroline) key pieces that I know look good, are comfortable, and represent my style.

Caroline’s blog describes in great detail the capsule wardrobe approach – what it is, how to get it, and how to maintain it – and is a great resource for anyone sick of seeing a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear (we’ve ALL been there).

Her rules are simple, and customizable to suit your lifestyle:

She approaches her wardrobe in a very organized way, frequently updating her readers on her seasonal favorites, which pieces that didn’t work out as she’d hoped, and showcasing how to mix up your pieces so that they don’t get boring. Obviously, your wardrobe will change depending on where you live, what you do for a living, and your budget, but it’s a great starting point for getting rid of what you don’t need and identifying what you do.

Final takeaway? 

That sounds pretty good to me. I’ll be implementing this system as soon as I move, and promise to let you know how it goes. Check out UnFancy to start your own capsule wardrobe and redefine your style, wardrobe, and life!
Would you start a capsule wardrobe? Why or why not?


{all images via unfancy}

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