I’m happy to welcome Olivia from Simply Liv to Callaloo Soup today. She specialises in Capsule Wardrobes, which is a topic I am anxious to learn more about. Not sure what a capsule wardrobe is? Read on!
The term “simple living” gets thrown around all the time. People dislike clutter, and the push to own less is an ever growing trend. But one area most minimalists tend to neglect is their closet. In an age of over-buying and easy access with online shopping, it’s easy to buy each and every piece that catches your eye- especially at the beginning of a new season. However, it’s important to be as intentional with your clothing purchases as you would be with say, your food or furniture choices.
As a culture, we’ve started a bad habit of buying clothes only to wear them once or twice and move on. While we seem to have no problem with simplifying other areas of our life, when asked to get rid of clothes, we think twice.
If you’ve ever stared into a closet stuffed with clothes and thought “I have NOTHING to wear”- two things are probably true of you:
- You’re not alone.
- You should definitely consider creating a capsule wardrobe.
If you’ve never heard of a capsule wardrobe (or maybe you have but just aren’t sure where to start), let me begin with the basics.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a condensed wardrobe made of up fewer pieces that you love and feel amazing in. If the thought of owning 40 pieces or less each season scares you- think of it like this: a capsule wardrobe allows you to hand pick each and every piece of your wardrobe to fit your lifestyle and personality. No more impulse buys, no more pieces that don’t flow together.
You’ll be able to look into your closet and immediately create an outfit that not only matches, but flows and fits your personal style.
I admit, I was skeptical at first too. As strange as it sounds (or maybe you can totally relate), I was emotionally attached to many of my clothes- T-shirts from events during my college days, my old jacket from an old friend, pieces my husband bought for me but that I rarely actually wear. But after I made up my mind, got rid of over 70% of my clothes, invested in pieces that I love and will last me longer than one or two years, I was hooked.
For the first time ever, I could honestly say that I loved each and every item in my closet and that they all made me feel great.
It allows you to focus on what’s most important:
As strange as it sounds, I truly believe capsule wardrobes can change your whole approach when it comes to simple living.
If you’re starting with something as basic as the clothes you choose to wear, there’s no limit to what will come next. I believe capsule wardrobes have the power to make you not only look your best, but feel your best too.
If you don’t need hours to get ready, and don’t have to waste time in front of an over-stuffed closet, what more could you accomplish with your day?
How do you create a capsule wardrobe?
Before you do anything else, you need to sort through everything in your closet (yes, everything). Decide what stays and what goes.
Then you can start putting together your new and improved wardrobe. You’ll need to think through what pieces are most practical for your lifestyle, what you’ll need to purchase new and what you can “recycle” from your old wardrobe.
It’s a process, that’s for sure, but it’s one that I truly believe can change your life and your outlook on fashion. I know it has for me.
If you’re sold on the idea, but aren’t sure where to start- I can help! I recently launched services as a Capsule Consultant where I’ll work one on one with you to design a wardrobe that fits your lifestyle and personality.
I’m passionate about helping others simplify their lives and one of the hardest yet most important places to start is with the clothes you wear! I’d love to help you make the leap!
More about Olivia:
Olivia is a young wife and mother to two girls under two- but more than that she’s passionate about inspiring simplicity in every area of life, even when life feels anything but simple. She blogs at Simply Liv where she writes about minimalism, motherhood and the coffee that helps her survive it all.
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