Minimalism has been seen as almost a trend lately. The white walled, plant-filled bedrooms, the clothes racks with hardly anything on them, empty of colour. I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. One element of minimalism is the capsule wardrobe, which is what I’m going to discuss today.
For those of you who don’t know, the concept of a capsule wardrobe is really simple. It’s having four mini wardrobes of clothes, one for each season. All of the clothes in each capsule should go with each other well so that you could basically grab two items of clothing in a dark room and make an outfit. You have one capsule out at a time, then switch them out when the weather allows it.
These work really well for people with limited space, and people who travel a lot. Most capsules don’t have very many items. (I’ve seen capsules with as many as TWELVE PIECES!) It’s also really smart for people struggling with money, or people who need something to blog about. They hardly take up any space, and if you already have everything you need for one you can donate a whole bunch of stuff and feel good about yourself.
However, if you’re a person who loves trends, or bright colours, or funky fits, capsule wardrobes may not be for you. That’s okay, these things aren’t for everyone. Everything has it’s pros and cons. Capsule wardrobes make it really hard to incorporate bright colours. If you’re a person who likes trying new trends you may be able to work a few into a capsule. For example, if most of your wardrobe is black, grey, and white with basic fits, you could bring in a patterned blazer that could work in almost any outfit.
Another way trend-oriented people can make a capsule work is using a clothing exchange website. Limit yourself to three trend items that you can use at a time. You can trade these trend items with other people using websites like http://www.swapstyle.com/. I think some cities also have local clothing swaps that you can attend, just do some googling.
I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I hate having to figure out what I’m going to wear in the morning, and as a result, I have 7 or 8 set outfits that I wear constantly. This isn’t how I want to dress; I want to have that whole fashion blogger who never wears the same thing twice vibe. I’m just way too lazy to get that figured out.
A capsule wardrobe would basically fix that problem. So why don’t I have one?
- It wouldn’t quite fit with what I have in my closet already. I’m not a summer person at all, and I don’t go out much in the summer if I can avoid it. I would hardly have anything in my summer capsule. My spring, winter, and fall capsules would all basically be the same thing, with me borrowing from the summer capsule a bit in the spring, and me borrowing from the spring/fall/winter capsule a bit in the summer. My closet is already basically one big capsule.
- I’ve found that some fits of certain items and the colours of certain others don’t fit with each other very well. The red of my twenty one pilots shirts looks awful with the burgundy of my favourite cardigan. My knit grey sweater doesn’t look very good with my blue jeans. Yet I’m not willing to get rid of any of those items. I’m overly fond of cozy things and committed to showing my pride for my bands. I think the only way a capsule wardrobe would work for my clothing tastes is if it was colourless, but I’m in love with a band that has to have some red on nearly every piece of merch, and the coziest cardigan I own is burgundy. I want to go colourless, but I love my clothes with colours on them. I’m a mess.
- My wardrobe is nearly one big capsule. All of my clothes are neutral, with the occasional red or burgundy. (I’m counting my blue jeans as a neutral.) I know that this kind of contradicts my last point, but let me clarify. My clothes are like a fandom – Individually normal, functioning members of society. Put them in one room, chaos ensues.
- I’m happier spending my money on books and records. I have a to be read list that just keeps growing, and I want to grow my vinyl collection, so I have my priorities. I’m slowly acquiring more versatile basics, but my wardrobe won’t be perfect for a while.
I think that I would like to slowly convert my wardrobe into a capsule wardrobe, especially since it would actually put more variety into my clothes. By the time I leave for university I would really like to have four established, perfected capsules, down to jewelry and everything. It’s definitely something I’m going to start working on soon. Do you have a capsule? Are you going to try it out? Tell me about it.