Three years ago, I moved abroad with three — rather large — but still only three suitcases. That is what my life had come to. You hear a lot about minimalist living these days and I have to say, I’m on board. There is a lot to be said for living a simple life.
If I’m honest, I have collected a lot more than would fit in those three suitcases over the last couple of years. But with a change of lifestyle comes a change of habit, and I adore the idea of a capsule wardrobe. It embraces creativity — you have to know how to mix things up with fewer pieces. It makes your morning routine all the easier, and it saves time, energy, and money.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
It is a minimalist type of wardrobe with a certain number of “classic” and “timeless” pieces that you can mix and match. It often consists of 37 pieces. With a bit of innovation, you can wear these pieces over and over again in various ways.
Coco Chanel once said, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
Here are a few things to keep in mind for your fall/winter capsule wardrobe.
Quality over Quantity
If you are going to be wearing these pieces over and over again for months at a time, without buying anything new, you are going to need quality pieces. Purchase classics that are going to last while keeping their shape and color. Care for these pieces delicately. Think blazers, jeans that fit you perfectly, jackets, great shoes, and dresses in classic shapes.
Great stores to find a variety of classic pieces are J. Crew and Banana Republic. You can also find classic-looking pieces at stores like Old Navy, during sale seasons, if you are on a lower budget or not quite sure that you are completely on board and want to experiment.
But first consider…
Obviously, when choosing clothes for you, your lifestyle will be a huge factor. It may seem fun to purchase a lot of cute, frilly skirts and spring boots, but if you spend the majority of your days in an office environment, you’ll find that your capsule items aren’t that useful after all. Take some time to consider the pieces you need for your current and growing lifestyle. Also consider colors and brands that look best on you.
Here’s what to do:
Choose your color palette: think basics and neutrals with some color pops!
Decide on pieces: how many pieces do you need in each category?
An example guideline:
- 7 Shirts
- 7 Bottoms
- 3 Dresses
- 3 Skirts
- 4 Handbags
- 6 Pairs of Shoes
- 8 Accessories
(Adjust these numbers to meet your needs)
Be creative and think of all the different ways you can layer, like Adina J, for various looks…
If you love this idea but are struggling with the planning process, Unfancy has a Free Wardrobe Planner that you can print and use. It’ll make you feel like Cher Horowitz in the beginning of Clueless.