- A study by ClosetMaid revealed that women usually own not less than 100 clothing items!
- With fewer things to care about, you can spend much of your energy on other essentials, such as new experiences, skills, or interests.
- If you can have only one accessory in your capsule wardrobe, make it a scarf.
If you are living in a tight space, something has to give. Some of these include your wardrobe. You may need to Marie Kondo them until you can build a capsule wardrobe.
What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe means owning not more than 50 pieces of items. These already include accessories, dresses, and shoes. However, in loose terms, it implies keeping the fewest items as possible.
The concept of a capsule wardrobe is not new. It has been around since the 1970s. However, people are breathing new life to it for a couple of reasons, one of which is because of their sheer number of clothes. A study by ClosetMaid revealed that women usually own not less than 100 clothing items!
Another is space. Although the average home size in Australia is 186 square meters, more people prefer to live in smaller ones. Home prices are high, while the best locations are in urban areas, where space is a premium.
The third is mental health. More things can mean more clutter, and clutter can upset the mind. It increases feelings of stress and anxiety.
The fourth reason to embrace the capsule-wardrobe lifestyle is intention. With fewer things to care about, you can spend much of your energy on other essentials, such as new experiences, skills, or interests.
How to Build One
To keep the number of dresses and other items to the bare minimum, consider the following rules:
- Find items that you can mix and match.
- Choose classic pieces since they’re likely to overcome trends and beat the changes in seasonal fashion.
- Think about your closet and space.
- Pick those that spark joy. (Yes, Marie Kondo is right.)
With these in mind, here are a few recommendations:
1. Little Black Dress
It was in 1926 when Chanel transformed women’s fashion by wearing a little black dress (LBD) in American Vogue. Since then, it’s a must-have in any closet for many reasons.
Black is elegant and works like a canvas similar to white outfits. You can pair these black dresses with pearls for an intimate dinner date in a high-end restaurant. You can also don a leather or denim jacket for a casual meetup with friends.
LBDs need not be skimpy at all! Remember, the original design featured a hem length that reached mid-calf. They can also be flattering for any body size.
If you can have only one accessory in your capsule wardrobe, make it a scarf. This piece of fabric is one of the most versatile. You can:
- Use it with a pair of shades a la Jackie Kennedy Onassis to look sophisticated.
- Adorn it to your handbag. (It makes a good identification tag for your luggage too.)
- Shield your neck from the cold.
- Turn it into a headband.
3. White Shirt
If a black dress works like a canvas, so does a white shirt, preferably V-necked.
With a white shirt, you can pair it with distressed, baggy, or skinny jeans. You can also opt for long pants, a white shirt, and blazers. It looks hip when complemented by sneakers and sexy when you wear it with a pair of heels.
V-necked shirts allow you to show a bit of skin without going overboard. Meanwhile, you can tuck in the long ones into your jeans or tie the ends at the back and transform it into a midriff top.
Scaling down your dresses can be difficult, but it’s doable. By focusing on the essentials, you can build a capsule wardrobe.