Capsule Wardrobe: what it is, why you want it, and how it can work for you

Some of you have expressed interest in how I’m building my capsule wardrobe. I thought I would try to do posts, probably once a week, sharing how I’m building my capsule wardrobe.

First, I think it’s important to understand what a capsule wardrobe is. Simply put, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe in which the pieces are interchangeable to create a variety of different outfits from a small number of pieces.

If that’s intriguing to you, it’s probably worth thinking about whether or not you want to transition to a capsule wardrobe. Here are a few reasons the idea of a smaller, more coordinated wardrobe was appealing to me:

1. I have a clothes buying problem. Seriously. I had all these clothes that I got because I kind of liked them and they were super cheap!

2. I have a tiny closet. While old houses have a lot of character and fun features, they also have tiny, narrow closets.  I don’t have room to have a ton of clothes.

3. I like sleep. Now that I don’t have to use an alarm clock to wake up anymore, I want every precious minute of sleep that I can get, but I still want to look (relatively) put together. When everything goes with everything, getting dressed is super easy (as long as you do your laundry), and super quick.

Since I’m a work from home/stay at home mom, I pretty much only need one wardrobe- I don’t have a separate collection of clothes that I wear to work, unless you count the yoga pants I wear to teach childbirth classes. Your wardrobe will obviously vary depending on what your wardrobe needs to do for you.

Here’s what I need pieces in my wardrobe to do for me:

1. fit comfortably.

2. make me feel good.

3. clean easily.

4. look awesome.

So, think you’re interested in a capsule wardrobe? Why do you want one? What do the pieces in your wardrobe need to do for you? Next week, I’ll talk about creating a list and shopping your closet. That step will go much more smoothly if you know why you’re building a capsule wardrobe and if you have a few criteria for what your wardrobe needs to do for you.

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