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Can having less clothes to wear be a good thing? Turns out, it can. If you follow any fashion bloggers you’ve probably noticed the subtle (or not so subtle) uptick in blog posts around creating a capsule wardrobe.
So What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?
“It’s a minimal and versatile wardrobe for each season using only the clothes you love” explained Capsules founder Blake Smith. In other words, you own a smaller collection of clothes but have the ability to easily mix and match. The movement has gained popularity due to the deep criticism of fast fashion.
The book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Fast Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline, explains that the issues of overconsumption and disposable fashion can lead to ecologically unsustainable business practices, as well as to poor treatment of garment workers and poor garment quality.
Instead of keeping a closet stuffed full of clothes, you clear out the clutter and give it away. While the idea has been around for sometime, knowing where to begin is a whole other story. A new website, Capsules shows you how to create their simple wardrobe by focusing on personal preferences and the activities in their life. Users check-off the items they own, and only buy what they need.
Have you ever thought about why Steve Jobs wore the same thing over and over? Or, why Mark Zuckerberg is known for his hoodie? Ever considered having a minimal wardrobe for yourself ? Here’s a few reasons you might want to do the same:
1. Less Energy Is Wasted
Finding something to wear in the morning can take up a good portion of your time. Try spending your energy elsewhere. Once you’re able to see all the pieces you love, choosing an outfit in the morning becomes a simple and painless process.
2. Save Your Time
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 wearing the wrong thing. That decision has already been made.
3. Less Money Is Spent
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 to complete your seasonal wardrobe rather than the alternative, shopping to fill a void.
4. Better Personal Style
There’s a reason why you chose some of the clothes currently hanging in your closet. There is also a reason why you chose something that may not reflect who you are. As you go through the process of creating a simple closet you’ll start to identify colors you gravitate toward and key clothing items that are truly representative of who you are.
Those who rave about their simple wardrobe say that they have more time for the things that really matter. Think having a capsule wardrobe will be a positive change for your life?
Maybe it is time to try it out.
A note about the author: Erin Flynn is the Head of Marketing at Cladwell and Capsules, a site that helps women cut the clutter and create a minimal capsule wardrobe.