What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

If I told you I was going to start a capsule wardrobe, would you ask “What is a Capsule Wardrobe? and Why Would You Want One?” I’ve got all the info here.
Have you wondered What is a Capsule Wardrobe? Why Would You Want One? Here's the answer to those questions.

Have you heard of capsule wardrobes?

A capsule wardrobe is basically a simplified wardrobe made up of a limited number of carefully picked pieces that you commit to wearing during a season.

Think of it as the tiny house for wardrobes. Paring down your wardrobe to those clothing items you actually love and will really wear. You trim away the excess and are left with only the necessities.

Let’s face it, so many of us have a closet full of clothing and will still remark, “I have nothing to wear.”

The beauty of the capsule wardrobe is it is meant to eliminate the question of “what to wear” by carefully curating a minimal amount of clothing that you actually love and will wear repeatedly.

Capsule Wardrobe

I like to think of it as a wardrobe of interlocking building blocks. Every piece should be able to be worn with several other pieces in your wardrobe. That means that although you might have fewer pieces of clothing, you have numerous outfit possibilities.

Once you’ve gathered your capsule wardrobe clothing items, you commit to not purchasing any additional clothing for that season’s wardrobe.

A season is typically defined as a 3 month period. So your capsule wardrobe will need to be re-evaluated every three months to be seasonally appropriate.

There are no hard and fast rules to how many items of clothing comprise a capsule wardrobe. However, there are many opinions as to how many pieces a good capsule wardrobe should have.

A strict capsule wardrobe would include shoes and accessories in your limited number of pieces, or it could just include tops, bottoms and jackets.

Most capsule wardrobes do NOT include items like under garments, pajamas or work out clothes.

Here are some of my favorite sites to help you decide what your capsule wardrobe should entail:

Project 333

Mom Advice Modified Project 333

Into Mind

5 Piece French Wardrobe

What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

Why Would You Want a Capsule Wardrobe?

It makes getting dressed easier.

By streamlining your choices, you can find an outfit readily. Your outfit will be based on the weather and the occasion. When done correctly, your capsule wardrobe will have the right combination for both.

It saves money.

Your first step will be to go through your closet and figure out what clothing you own that you actually love and wear.

Now divide that clothing by season. Start playing with combinations. At this stage, I love to use Pinterest. In fact, I referenced my own style board to come up with outfit ideas quite a bit.

Your goal is to use what you have to form the basis of your capsule. Limit yourself to purchasing between 3 and 6 pieces to complete your capsule.

Once your capsule is set, you commit to not buying anything additional.

By staying out of stores and sticking to a spending freeze, you will save money.

It’s good for the environment and human rights.

If you haven’t watched The True Cost on Netflix, you probably aren’t aware of the human cost of cheap clothing. I watched it last summer with my girls and it opened my eyes to the plight of the people who are making our clothes. It encouraged me to look at my clothing in a whole new light.

If you don’t have Netflix, NPR has a great article explaining fast fashion.

Did you know the average American throws away over 70 pounds of clothing each year? That’s a staggering number.

Before I make any new purchases, I’ll be scouring the local consignment stores and Goodwill as well as ThredUp for gently used clothing before I purchase anything new.

By purchasing less, I’ll have less textile donations/waste every year.

More room in your closet.

Your off season clothes should be boxed up and stored until you are ready for them. They only items hanging in your closet will be the limited pieces in your capsule wardrobe.

You won’t believe how much room your closet has!

Still curious about capsule wardrobes? I’m revealing my first spring capsule wardrobe I’ll be wearing until the end of June. Here’s a sneak peek:

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Ideas for a Stay at Home Mom. Denim mini with grey striped T and a yellow cardigan.

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