The case: You often leave the store with impulse-purchases at hand—purchases you might not even use. At times, you find yourself staring at your closet full of clothes that will never see the light of day, debating whether or not a 5-year-old, unworn, knitted sweater you got for a bargain and has been sitting in your drawers for as long as you remember is worth throwing in with the trash. And now, you’re wondering why you have nothing to wear to work albeit the amount of shopping you’ve done a week before.
If you’re like me who’s easily intrigued by trends and likes to experiment with styles, you have probably already heard these lines before-- “Do I really need this?”, “Won’t there come a time when I could wear this black, furry, sparkly dress to a party?”
If you’re not, I’m pretty confident that at one point in your life you were confronted with the same dilemma-- WHAT DO I WEAR?
The truth: What most women don’t realize is that this dilemma lies in one’s box-fit perception that having less is problematic and more is better. However, when it comes to fashion and juggling getting dressed for work and hustling in the busy, corporate world, most of the time simple is simply the way to go.
As the founder of London boutique “Wardrobe” and the fashion adviser who coined the term Capsule Wardrobe Susie Faux once wrote in an online entry, “a woman who dresses with styles does not need to wear something different to work every day of the week, but she will want to wear it differently.” A capsule wardrobe is often pertained to as a collection of classic, versatile pieces that you can mix and match and wear for a long period of time. This often contains basic, timeless pieces that will never go out of fashion and can complement seasonal pieces. These pieces usually include plain T-shirts, denim jeans, trousers, cardigans, coats, boots, buttondowns, and pencil skirts. Perhaps, the next question here would be, how does one build one’s own capsule wardrobe?
The solution: Choose quality over quantity. The first step is to review. Evaluate what you currently have in your closet and determine which of the pieces you really love and help you feel confident and which of the pieces you aren’t exactly good friends with. Next is to declutter. Clean out your closet and divide everything you have into 3 categories-- the first one is for the pieces you can easily mix and match and throw on. The second category is for the pieces you don’t usually wear but you like them anyway and can’t afford to throw them out. The third category is for the pieces you don’t wear and you’re willing to throw out or give away. Keep the first two at a close reach and consider selling or donating the third one; either way, you’re better off with quality pieces you can wear for the next ten years rather than having a huge pile of clothes that don’t even deserve to be in your closet. The last step is to build. After reviewing and decluttering your closet, you can gradually add more pieces to your capsule wardrobe which can help define your individual style better.
The conclusion: The moment you learn how to discern which of the pieces you own can help express who you are from those that do not is when you can absolutely feel confident with your own style. Having your own capsule wardrobe can save you a lot of time, space, money, and most of all, the stress that comes with deciding on what to wear on a daily basis. Capsule wardrobe dressing and cost-per-wear thinking will not only help you have a better understanding of your own style but dollars to donuts is that you will feel more comfortable in everything you own, and consequentially make you happier.
Why is our closet often full of things we never wear? Now you know why, and now you know that it does not have to be.