A Minimalist Wardrobe

You’ve likely heard the phrase ‘capsule wardrobe’ or ‘minimalist wardrobe’ before – but maybe you’ve wondered what the heck it actually is and why you should even care? Read through to find out how to create your own capsule wardrobe and the amazing benefits it’ll have to your organisation, efficiency and confidence!

Image shows a full length mirror reflecting a clothing stand with clothes hanging off it. Graphic reads: Why you need to make yourself a capsule wardrobe.

So what exactly is a capsule wardrobe?

The minimalist buzz has been gaining popularity of late – but the concept of a capsule wardrobe has existed for a long time. There’s the idea that we only have a certain amount of willpower each day – it’s not endless. Each time we make a decision, no matter how small, we are using some of this willpower. It’s said that powerful people, such as Presidents have someone who selects their outfit for them – this reduces some of the decisions needing to be made and leaving willpower for more important things. It might sound nuts, but think about it – how much time have you spent in front of the mirror – changing outfits, trying this with that, attempting to find the perfect combination of clothes that not only make you look good but let you feel amazing too?!

A capsule wardrobe takes away these prolonged dressing sessions because:
– Everything goes together perfectly, and
– It’s all bought based off your style and taste and fit.

So the theory is, that it doesn’t matter what you chuck on – it will look good and more importantly, feel good too!

There’s no prescribed number of items you should have – while there are challenges out there, such as Project 333 – you can kind of do what works for you! Some people change their capsule wardrobe seasonally, some don’t. I prefer to have a base set of clothes, and buy one or two things seasonally to freshen everything up!

Image shows a white walk in wardrobe, with three hanging racks and some drawers.
For some people a capsule wardrobe means 10 items, for others it means 50+

Benefits

As with living simply – there are a multitude of benefits that come with it! By reducing the contents of your closet, and considering carefully what to put back in there you actually end up with a heap more.

  • More time (less time spent worrying over what to wear!)
  • More money (less spent on random items that will make you look good for a particular event)
  • More happiness (less stress!)
  • More confidence! (knowing that everything you wear looks great!)
  • More quality (buying less means you can invest more into your clothes)

How to Create Your Own Capsule Closet

There are quite a few ways to tackle the capsule wardrobe buzz, but what will work best will come down to you as a unique person! Below are some of my tips that I found super helpful when paring down my wardrobe contents!

Declutter
This is probably the most challenging part of the process. Taking the time to really go through what you have and choose what stays and what goes. Personally, I don’t think that holding onto clothing for “when” is worthwhile – when I lose weight, when I’m more confident, when I go to a party etc – if it hasn’t happened in the past year, it probably isn’t going to happen any time soon! Get rid of the things you think are beautiful but don’t make you feel beautiful.

But what about Sentimental Items?
I won’t lie, I’ve kept some items which I know I’ll never wear again but I just LOVE them. They hold special memories or are items I think my daughter may like when she is older. There’s only a couple though – a beautiful cocktail dress for Miss F, and a couple of band / sport tees. They hang in the spare closet, out of the way.

Pinterest
I honestly had no idea what my style is – I’m not the gym going active wear girl anymore, I’m not the professional dressing teacher anymore either. I’m a mum and spend most of my days in clothes that are covered in food or dribble. But I’m also a friend, a wife, a woman and (sometimes) do non-kid things. So I need something that works for both aspects of my life. Pinterest was a saviour! I mean, who doesn’t love a good Pinterest pinning sesh lol! I created a board and pinned to my heart’s content. Then I looked back and could see some clear styles emerging.

Audit, List + Shop
Now you know what your style is, write a list – what pieces would you need to create these looks? Then go back and check what you have in your wardrobe – hopefully you’ll have some things off the list, but if you’re having a total style change you may not! When you shop, stick to your list! If it isn’t on it, don’t buy it!

Be Creative
One outfit might be a white tee, jeans and sneaks. This becomes 4 different outfits if you have 4 tees. You could team it with a cardi, or a blazer, or a jumper over top. That’s 16 outfits. Casual might be with sneaks, warmer weather might see you rolling up the jeans and teaming it with some cute sandals, in winter you might have ankle boots and a blazer or long boots and your cardi. That’s now over 50 outfits, from 12 items of clothing. As long as you’re buying within your style, it’ll all work together!

Buy Seasonal
Maybe you’re worrying that this might become a bit mundane? Well, invest well in the basics and buy a couple of seasonal items. Maybe an on trend top in winter, and a cute summer skirt? A new scarf, or new bag. Having a capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean you can’t shop again. But shop smart!

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