5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Create a Capsule Wardrobe
Trust me, I get it. If you’re thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe it can be rather intimidating. After all, getting rid of all the clutter in your closet sounds pretty amazing especially when you see a 3 minute segment on the Today Show… that is until you realize you’ll have nothing wear. I mean even Al Roker would have some serious questions. Not to mention, who has the budget to redo their entire wardrobe unless you happen upon Stacy London or Tim Gunn, both of which I hear are quite the delight... but I digress.
I too felt the same way prior to creating my own capsule wardrobe, hence the reason I’m writing this lovely article. Right now, you’re probably feeling a lot of excitement around the idea, but let’s be honest most of that excitement is seeded with built-in anxiety. Should you do it? Should you not? All legitimate questions that any normal human being would ask themselves especially in a country wear $8 shirts reign as queen and having a big walk-in closet is still held up as the king of all kings.
But here’s the thing, having a capsule wardrobe doesn’t taketh away. In fact, quite the opposite. By removing the items you don’t love you’re actually able to make room for things you do. A simple concept that somewhere in between models dancing in GAP commercials (remember those?) and the Black Friday frenzy, it all got lost in translation. So if you’re still questioning whether or not having a capsule wardrobe is for you, just ask yourself these 5 questions:
1) Do you have trouble finding something to wear?
The reason I couldn’t find anything to wear in the morning had nothing to do with me needing a whole new wardrobe. Instead, it had everything to do with me not being able to see the clothes I loved. The clutter was overwhelming. Once I was able to see all the pieces I enjoyed wearing choosing an outfit in the morning became a simple and painless process.
2) Do you want to save time and stop worrying about what to wear?
We’re all busy, and we all have multiple decisions to make within a day. Having one less thing to worry about is always a good thing. By loving every item in your wardrobe you don’t have to worry about choosing or wearing the wrong thing. That decision has already been made.
3) Do you want to save money and begin to shop intentionally?
When you begin to see your wardrobe as an entire collection you can easily spot what pieces are missing and why. This frees you up to shop with purpose and to complete your seasonal wardrobe rather than the alternative, shopping to fill a void.
4) Do you want your clothes to reflect who you are?
There’s a reason why you chose the clothes hanging in your closet. There is also a reason why you chose something that may not look like you. Sometimes we buy clothes just because they’re cheap or new. As you go through the process of creating a capsule wardrobe you’ll start to identify colors, styles you gravitate toward and key clothing items that feel truly representative of who you are.
5) Do you wonder about WHO AND HOW YOUR CLOTHES WERE CREATED?
It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the problems that lie deep within the fashion industry especially when you’re not entirely sure what to do about it. With a smaller wardrobe you can start to pay attention to brands you buy from and purchase clothes only necessary to completing your wardrobe.
If you don’t love your closet, you have the option to change it. What if the key to having a perfect wardrobe was in your control all along? Wouldn’t that be worth trying out.