Maybe you haven’t heard of a capsule wardrobe. Maybe the idea has been on your mind, but you have been hesitant to try it out yourself.
Either way this post is for you.
A capsule wardrobe means you limit your clothing options to a certain smaller number of items (e.g., 30 pieces) for a certain period of time. You can find a variety of concepts on the internet, but let’s not jump the gun here. Limiting your closet to fewer pieces sounds like a big step. And indeed, it is – for me it meant a complete change of mind, a complete change of my wardrobe philosophy. But, as you may have noticed, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. So here are 6 signs that you too, may be ready to take the plunge.
6 signs you are ready for a capsule wardrobe
1. You feel overwhelmed
How do you feel when you get dressed in the morning? At ease and calm? Do you know exactly what to reach for? Do you remember all the clothes that are in your closet? If you haven’t decluttered lately, you will most likely not remember all the clothes that are buried in your closet. What is even more, you will most likely feel overwhelmed by the options and possible combinations, so that you often stand in front of your closet, indecisive of what to wear for the day.
2. You are unsatisfied with your outfits
You pull outfits together, but aren’t completely satisfied with your selection – but leave the house anyway (#obligations). Your outfits sometimes feel like a compromise, not really like you.
3. You always reach for the same clothes
When laundry is made and you have all the options available, there are a few outfits you reach for immediately. These outfits come together in a breeze and make you feel comfortable in your clothes and your body. Once you’ve gone through these outfits, you fall back to feeling stuck with your clothing options.
4. You want to get ready faster
You often stand in front of your closet for 5 or 10 minutes, thinking about what to wear. You try on different outfits, getting more and more stressed, because you need to leave for work, to drop off your kids, to run errands, … You fantasize about walking in your closet, pulling an outfit, and heading out the door after only a quick glance in the mirror.
5. You want to save money
You are ambitious and have goals in life – travel, house, family, education, business – and realized you don’t want to spend a large part of your income on clothes that you end up hardly wearing.
6. You want to live more sustainably
You are concerned about how humanity deals with the Earth’s resources. You want to reduce your own footprint on this planet. You have come to the conclusion that there are aspects about how the fashion industry works that you no longer want to support or participate in. You want to lessen the damage that has been already done – for your own and your children’s (and your grandchildren’s) future.
Can you identify with any of these signs?
Then stay tuned for my upcoming posts that will help you start a capsule wardrobe yourself.
Why is a capsule wardrobe the solution?
In short: Because a capsule wardrobe reduces your investment – investment of resources, investment of money, investment of your time and energy.
With a capsule wardrobe you deliberately abstain from shopping and reduce your shopping to only a few select items. A capsule wardrobe means you actually know all the items in your closet. What is even more, a capsule wardrobe means that you love all the items in your closet. Getting dressed every morning will be easy and effortless.
When you first hear about the capsule wardrobe idea, you may be worried whether following this concept is actually attainable for you. Spoiler: trust me, it is. Really.
What has been most intriguing about the capsule wardrobe idea?
Is there a reason why you haven’t started one already?
To me the capsule wardrobe concept sounded intriguing because I craved a cleaner, clutter-less life. Also, I was fed up with feeling stuck in front of my closet, trying to find an outfit I would like in the heaps of clothes…