capsule wardrobe

3 things you need to know before creating a capsule wardrobe

Over the last few years, the idea of a capsule wardrobe has gained more and more popularity. The whole idea of a perfect and effortless closet where each item can be combined together with all the other ones seems indeed very attractive, especially in today’s world of trends and fast fashion when we constantly feel like we have nothing to wear. However, practice has shown that this styling technique is not for everyone and there are many aspects to take into consideration. If you plan on learning more about capsule wardrobes and would like to start one yourself, here are three important things you should know. 

More bottoms, more outfits

We’ve all seen all those models on Instagram that seem to have thousands of outfits that never repeat each other, and while for most of them it might be true, you can actually easily obtain the same effect by incorporating more bottoms into your capsule wardrobe. For example, if you decide to purchase 5 tops and a single pair of bottoms, you can create 5 outfits, but if you have the same 5 tops and you buy 5 bottoms, you can make up to 25 looks, with the condition that all of these items will be classic and easily mixed together. This way, by having for example 3 pairs of jeans and 2 skirts you can put together countless outfits for all seasons and occasions. 

It takes time, patience, and money 

When people just start learning about the idea of a capsule wardrobe, many fall into the temptation to get rid of all their clothing and to go shopping for the new, basic items. But sadly if you want to create a really good and high quality closet, you’ll need to be patient and to prepare to spend more money than you’d think of.  You can’t simply buy everything in one or even two shopping sprees, as you’ll need to pay attention to the quality of the fabric, which is also often expensive. Let’s take for example a classic cable knit sweater, such as an Irish one that is both trendy and classy. You can easily find a synthetic one in the mass market stores, but if you want a really good garment made of 100% wool that would serve for a lifetime, you should consider getting a traditional Irish sweater from Overall, you need to be prepared that creating a capsule wardrobe will take you more time and money than it is usually presented in the mass media. 

Your fashion sense will (most likely) be criticized 

Just like any other particular fashion style, capsule wardrobes are not for everyone. If it doesn’t bother you, that’s great, but for some thinner-skinned people it was a revelation that their perfect and classy, at the first sight, style wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and it’s definitely something the media doesn’t cover that often. Plus, since you’ll be focusing on quality over quantity, you’ll often find yourself in the position where none of your clothes fit some more special occasions such as going to a wedding or a night out in the club. If you’re an extroverted person with a very active lifestyle who attends these events often, you should surely take into consideration this aspect of having a limited number of clothing in your wardrobe.

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