The minimalist movement has taken over in the past few years and we don’t think it’s slowing down anytime. Downsizing all your belongings and creating space for other things that matter is appealing because it resonates with us. With our life cluttered with unnecessary items and things to think about, wouldn’t it be nice if we can just follow Marie Kondo and tidy up our spaces for once?
What is a capsule wardrobe?
Capsule wardrobes, also known as minimalist wardrobes, are based on the idea of having just a few functional and flexible pieces that you can use over and over again. They actually started as a means to pack easier when traveling, but slowly became a movement of its own.
Having a capsule wardrobe means getting rid of those tops that you would use only once, or giving up that nice jacket that you can never match with your other outfits. Simply put, capsule wardrobes do not only get rid of clutter but also leave you with pieces that you will truly want to wear. It’s also a great way to reevaluate your style and invest in quality items that will last you a longer time.
Some capsule wardrobes stick to a number of pieces (14 items, 37 items, etc) so owners will not be tempted to fill their closets with clutter the next time. However, if you are just starting out, we don’t suggest getting caught up in numbers but instead focus on downsizing what you have into something more compact.
If you’re ready to fix your life and start a capsule wardrobe for yourself, we’ve created a few pointers that you can use to jump-start to your new and improved closet. Before you purge and shop for your new wardrobe, there are a few things that you need to remember.
Choose quality pieces
Having a capsule wardrobe means that you will be wearing and using almost all the items in your closet. That means that your pieces must be of good quality in order to stand the usual wear and tear and last a longer time.
Go for neutral colors
The secret to creating a successful capsule wardrobe is mixing and matching. Choosing neutral colors or easier to pair items will not only make your pieces timeless but also more versatile.
Play with accessories
To mix things up in your usual items, you can choose to be more playful with accessories. You can create different looks by just adding a few details to your outfit. From hats to caps to watches, just be creative and you’ll eventually get the hang of a minimalist closet.
Choose timeless pieces
When choosing items to include in your wardrobe, avoid just following trends and putting pieces that you know will not fit your style in a few months. Be mindful when shopping and try to include classic items that you really see yourself using in the long haul.