A capsule wardrobe is a curated collection of clothing where every piece in the collection can be worn beautifully with every other piece. Most capsule wardrobes consist of around 30 pieces, with a mix of tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets, shoes, and accessories that all form a coherent style image.
You know the confidence you feel when you're wearing your favorite outfit? The goal of a capsule wardrobe is to help you feel that way every day. Capsule dressing saves you time getting ready in the morning, helps you look more polished, and gets more use out of your existing clothes. Since you don't have to worry about matching the pieces, you could literally get dressed in the dark and still look good. Shopping is also easier because once you know which pieces are missing from a capsule, you know exactly what to buy.
A letter from one of our readers...
As early as I can remember, I've always loved clothes. One day when I was three years old, I told my mom that the pants she laid out for me weren't stylish enough, and that was that. I had caught the fashion bug and there was no turning back.
Fast forward twenty years later. I was a fashion maniac. With my limited budget I bought clothes from thrift stores, fast fashion boutiques, and consignment shops; in every pattern, color, and shape. I'd put the pieces together in the wildest and trendiest ways possible, changing looks every day without thinking much about the image I was communicating. I was fashionable. But I had no style.
Start the Quiz!
1. What's your favorite piece of clothing?
A) Flowy paisley dress
B) Va va voom dress that shows off my figure
C) Goes-with-everything blazer
D) Lived-in hoodie or sweater
E) Cute dress with a Peter Pan collar
2. What do you like to do in your free time?
A) Outdoorsy or artistic pursuits
B) Going out and clubbing, or a spa day if in need of R&R
C) Free time? What free time? I'm putting in double shifts at the office.
D) Movie nights with hubby or boyfriend. I'm somewhat of a homebody.
E) Go out for froyo with girlfriends
The world is flooded with so many images of airbrushed celebrities, runway and Instagram models, that we have developed a distorted understanding of beauty. When we look in the mirror, we think of what we should look like instead of what we do look like. We no longer understand or respect our own unique self.
How many times have you tried following a hot Instagram or Pinterest trend, only to find you had to squeeze yourself into a shape that didn't fit you, wear a color that didn't flatter you, or otherwise end up looking ridiculous?