If you’re thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe it can be rather intimidating.
After all, getting rid of all the clutter in your closet sounds pretty amazing especially when you see a 3 minute segment on the Today Show… that is until you realize you’ll have nothing wear. Look, even Al Roker would have some serious questions. Not to mention, who has the budget to redo their entire wardrobe unless you happen upon Stacy London or Tim Gunn, both of which we hear are quite the delight... but we digress.
Right now, you’re probably feeling a lot of excitement around the idea, but let’s be honest, most of that excitement is seeded with built-in anxiety. Should you do it? Should you not?
Both legitimate questions that any normal human being would ask themselves especially in a country where $8 shirts reign as queen and having a big walk-in closet is still held up as the king of all kings.
But here’s the thing, having a capsule wardrobe doesn’t taketh away. In fact, quite the opposite. By removing the items you don’t love, you’re actually able to make room for things you do. A simple concept that somewhere in between models dancing in GAP commercials (remember those?) and the Black Friday frenzy, it all got lost in translation. So if you’re still questioning whether or not having a capsule wardrobe is for you, just ask yourself these 5 questions:
1) DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE FINDING SOMETHING TO WEAR?
The reason you may not be able to find anything to wear in the morning may have nothing to do with needing a whole new wardrobe. Instead, it could have everything to do with you not being able to see the clothes you love. Clutter is overwhelming. Once you are able to see all the pieces you enjoy wearing, choosing an outfit in the morning can become a simple and painless process.
2) DO YOU WANT TO SAVE TIME AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT TO WEAR?
We’re all busy, and we all have multiple decisions to make within a day. Having one less thing to worry about is always a good thing. By loving every item in your wardrobe you don’t have to worry about choosing or wearing the wrong thing. That decision has already been made.
3) DO YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY AND BEGIN TO SHOP INTENTIONALLY?
When you begin to see your wardrobe as an entire collection you can easily spot what pieces are missing and why. This frees you up to shop with purpose and to complete your seasonal wardrobe rather than the alternative, shopping to fill a void.
4) DO YOU WANT YOUR CLOTHES TO REFLECT WHO YOU ARE?
There’s a reason why you chose the clothes hanging in your closet. There is also a reason why you chose something that may not look like you. Sometimes we buy clothes just because they’re cheap or new. As you go through the process of creating a capsule wardrobe you’ll start to identify colors, styles you gravitate toward and key clothing items that feel truly representative of who you are.
5) DO YOU WONDER ABOUT WHO AND HOW YOUR CLOTHES WERE CREATED?
It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the problems that lie deep within the fashion industry especially when you’re not entirely sure what to do about it. With a smaller wardrobe you can start to pay attention to brands you buy from and purchase clothes only necessary to completing your wardrobe.