The "time capsule" of "capsule Wardrobe"

The term was coined by Susie Faux–a London boutique owner in the 1970s–to describe a minimal collection of evergreen essential pieces that can be added to by seasonal items.

The concept was popularized in 1985 by Donna Karan, an American designer whose show consisted of runway models who wore the same simple base layer, and added new layers to create looks.

Since then, the term has been adopted and adapted by all manner of style bloggers to define the minimum number of clothes to get the maximum style options.


Here's what some have said about Cladwell Capsules:

“...smaller closet, intentional purchases, less shopping, and more joy. If you find yourself with a shopping habit you want to kick or a closet full of clothes you don’t love, I’d love to invite you to try a capsule.”
Caroline Rector for Un-Fancy
-Caroline Rector

-Erin Loechner
“[Cladwell is] an honest look at what your closet already has, and it’s an honest look at what might be missing. And after the taking stock, the inventory – the planting – a shopping list is generated based on what you have vs. what you need.”

“I used to think the point of capsule wardrobes was to save money, but... a capsule wardrobe should allow you to spend less time thinking about clothes and free up that energy towards more important things.”
-Audrey Tom

-Anne Sage
“You don’t have to buy anything, and you don’t have to commit to going whole hog with the capsule thing—you can go slowly, in stages, using the tips not only for honing your wardrobe but for packing light when you travel and buying smart when you do shop.”