Ever go to your wardrobe that is rammed full of clothes and just stare at it and think, I have nothing to wear? Me too. Do you look at those clothes that you’ve crammed in and think I don’t like you and I don’t want to wear you? Yeah, again, me too.
My wardrobe is a selection of impulse, ‘make me smile because I’ve had a bad day’ buys and items purchased for one off occasions that I’ve only worn once. Enough is enough. Its a new year and one of my 2017 goals is to rid of this way of not only shopping but to improve the way I dress.
This is the first blog in my capsule adventure and I will share with you my journey as I go. Not sure I know what I have let myself in for!
The idea of a this concept has been around for a very long time and not so long ago the fashion world was constantly talking about it. You can find so many blogs and websites that have their own version of what and how to achieve ‘the perfect capsule wardrobe’.
Capsule wardrobe term goes to London boutique owner Susie Faux in the 1970s, and in the 1980s designer Donna Karan made it come alive with her “Seven Easy Pieces”collection.
Back then, it was defined as a compact wardrobe made up of staple pieces in coordinating colours, with 30 items or less. The goal was to have a streamlined wardrobe of high-quality pieces that could be worn often and interchangeably, thereby saving money, space, and time.
I have always thought about creating my own capsule, I’ve used the term plenty of times through work and always admired the thought of having one. I thought I kinda knew how to do it, until I started to research and read more about it. Turns out, I have a lot of work to do to get this right!
After goggling blogs and websites, I decided upon Caroline Rectors blog unfancy, (some of you will already be familiar with her work) and have set myself on with taking on her capsule experiment. Caroline started her capsule journey in 2014 and her website is full of great info, from how she achieved hers and how you can get yours.
It has a 5 step approach to achieving it:
Caroline’s wardrobe consists of 37 pieces that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear and shoes and she simply describes her capsule wardrobe as:
‘It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.’
37 PIECES!! That’s it! I am pretty sure I own 37 coats alone. This is going to be difficult!
There have been a few discussions that the concept of capsule wardrobes have now turned more into how to shop, rather than for people who are on a budget, have small wardrobe space or for people who don’t have time to shop or simply not that interested in fashion. Which, to be fair, was the whole point of the them in the first place. For me, its a little bit of everything.
I DO want to shop better and not act on impulse as that will save me money and not have a wardrobe full of clothes I’ve only worn once. I DO want to save time and space (yes, living in London I now have a smaller living space).
However, I don’t want to stare at my wardrobe every morning and not know what to wear even though I have hundreds of pieces shouting out at me because I simply do not love what’s in there. I tend to go for the same pieces anyway, so if I can work smarter then this should be perfect for me.
What I don’t want to do is take the fun out of fashion and dressing up, so I am not going to limit myself and think I have to stick exactly by these rules and steps.
So, if you have thought about creating your own capsule and want some extra inspiration to encourage you to the take on the challenge, follow me on my capsule wardrobe journey and hopefully I can give some of my own hints and tips along the way, while exploring how to work my wardrobe space, time and money better.
Wish me luck xx