Capsule Wardrobe. And again I have learnt a new word! It is always really amazing for me, and admirable as well, what people come up with. Therefore, I like the idea of a minimalistic wardrobe very much, which, at the same time, aims for sustainability. To have a so-called Capsule Wardrobe means, to manage with less clothing, but nevertheless, to be always well-dressed. And eventually it is about not getting lost looking for the 115th item of clothing in your wardrobe.
I honestly have to admit that I have not tried it myself, but for a few years my focus on buying clothes has clearly been: less is more!
WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE?
The fashion blogger Caroline Joy Rector (www.un-fancy.com) suggests composing a capsule wardrobe for each season, consisting of 37 items. Namely:
_ 15 tops
_ 9 trousers or skirts
_ 9 pairs of shoes
_ 2 jackets
_ 2 dresses
In addition, handbags, accessories, jewellery, pyjamas, sportswear. Caroline recommends wearing this Capsule Wardrobe for three months, combining the different items, and no shopping. She has even provided a special capsule builder app and a capsule wardrobe planner online for download.
HOW THE BUILDING OF A CAPSULE WARDROBE WORKS
FIRST: Before you start composing your own capsule wardrobe, you need plenty of time and leisure to think about the choice of items of clothing:
_ Do I spend most of the time with children (at home, at the playground, in the kindergarten)?
_ Does my place of work require a business outfit (for example banking, insurance, commercial representation)?
_ Do I spend most of my time in work clothes (as a doctor, midwife, nurse)?
_ Do I work online from home?
_ How often do I have appointments with dress-code?
SECOND: For your capsule wardrobe you define your colour scheme, such as:
_ two (neutral) basic colours, for example, black, dark blue, grey, or brown
_ two contrasting colours, for example, pink and turquoise, and
_ white or light beige.
THIRD: Totally clear out your wardrobe! Only underwear, socks, swimwear and sports gear, as well as accessories (belts, jewellery, bags, scarves, gloves, hats) are allowed back in the wardrobe.
FOURTH: Now you sort the clothing items according to four priorities, labelling them appropriately:
_ ‘FAVOURITES’: clothes you love wearing all the time, which are not too big or too small.
_ ‘MAYBE’: things you do not want to be separated from because they are connected with pleasant memories, or they were very expensive.
_ ‘GET RID OF IT’: clothes you want to sort out (donate them, give them away as presents, or sell them at flea markets, or in vintage stores).
_ ‘NOT NOW’: things you like to wear, but are not appropriate for the current season. They go into a drawer, or a separate part of the wardrobe, waiting for their use in the relevant season.
FIFTH: Eventually you put the ‘FAVOURITE’ pile back into the wardrobe; everything else is stored away. You only choose from this pile in the next three months.
SIXTH: Briefly before the end of the season, you start planning for the next one. Planning three months in advance can only be a guideline, of course, as the weather is not always respectful of the seasons. But we could divide the year into spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) and winter (December to February).
SEVENTH: You do not have to stick to it rigidly. If it is 38 instead of 35 items per season, it is okay. Maybe you find a new favourite piece during the season which replaces another one. The main thing is that you only buy things that fit in the ‘FAVOURITE’ pile. And you should have fun doing so. And keep remembering: Less is often really more!