All posts filed under: Capsule Wardrobe

4 Steps to Starting Your Capsule Wardrobe

We’ve talked about the history of the capsule wardrobe and we’ve discussed the benefits of the creating a pared down closet. Now we’re ready to start the process of creating a capsule wardrobe that works for you! Just remember: this is a process. It probably took years to collect all the clothes you have in your closet. It will take a while to cull through that closet and begin creating the perfect capsule. Let’s get started! Step 1 | Pitch & Purge Take everything out of your closet or your dresser. We recommend, for your own sanity, to tackle one area first. Section out your wardrobe and the task will be more manageable. Place all of your items on your bed and begin by picking up the item on the top. We like to use Marie Kondo’s approach to “tidying up” and consider if that piece of clothing “sparks joy.” As Kondo writes: “When something sparks joy, you should feel a little thrill, as if the cells in your body are slowly rising. When you hold something …

The Purpose of a Capsule Wardrobe

Over the past year,  the term “capsule wardrobe” has become increasingly popular on blogs and Instagram. As we discussed in this post, the capsule wardrobe isn’t a new trend, but it has gained momentum recently. Women are interested more than ever in paring down their wardrobes and eliminating closet stress. The process of creating a capsule wardrobe allows you to evaluate what to get rid of, what to keep, and what items you might need to add to your closet. But before you begin this process, it is important to understand the philosophy behind it and how to apply it to your life. The Purpose The purpose of a capsule wardrobe is three-fold: 1) Save Energy: a curated closet reduces the anxiety and stress of getting dressed. The emotional fatigue created by wondering what to wear is eliminated. You will have more energy to focus on your family, friends, profession, and passions. 2) Save Time: A curated wardrobe allows you to get ready faster, pack for trips more quickly, do less laundry, and no longer …

A Brief History of the Capsule Wardrobe

The capsule wardrobe may seem like an innovative approach to getting dressed, but its beginnings date back to the 1970s. The recent rebirth of the capsule wardrobe is a testament to its relevance, no matter the decade. Let’s take a look back at its origins and the history behind it. The 1970s The term itself, capsule wardrobe, was coined by Susie Faux in the 1970s. From a young age, Faux was surrounded by high-quality fashion. Both her parents and grandparents were women’s tailors. She saw first hand that classic, well-fitting clothing can make you look beautiful and inspire confidence.  Her experience working in the advertising industry motivated her to help women dress as well as their male counter parts. In 1973 Faux opened Wardrobe, a boutique in the West End of London. Her primary mission was to help women develop style and confidence. She brought designers like Jil Sander to the UK and built a reputation with a minimalist, foundational aesthetic. In 1980, Faux pioneered the term capsule wardrobe. She started to define the parameters of the concept in her book Wardrobe: Develop Your Style & Confidence. As Faux states, “The basic …