Last Saturday we had a panel talk on capsule wardrobes where the Melbourne Minimalist’s as a group zeroed in on what it means to have a capsule wardrobe and how having a capsule wardrobe improved their lives.
Note: As we covered quite a lot of ground during the meetup I had split the blog post in two as it was turning into a really long blog post. The next one will be up by tomorrow.
Thanks again for Katrina Nurse and Steve Jasper for sharing their capsule wardrobe wisdom with us!
Here’s what we discussed on that day plus a little more.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
When I first heard of capsule wardrobes I thought they were time capsules that comprised of clothes. Fortunately, they weren’t some sort of time capsule and I found out that a capsule wardrobe is a small collection of thoughtfully selected clothes that can be worn for all different occasions.
The core idea of it is to only have clothes that you like and enjoy without ever having filler pieces that you just feel meh about.
Why should you consider capsule wardrobes?
There are so many benefits to dressing with less. Consider the list I made below of all the benefits of having a capsule wardrobe.
Capsule wardrobe benefits
Find your style
As you curate your clothes and cut out the stuff that you don't like you’ll be left with the items that you like. From there you’ll be able to see the similarities in the style and type of clothes that you like whereas before you may not have been able to see the common thread. Shopping will be simpler once you know what your style is.
Become confident with who you are
Once I found what my style was, I became more confident in wearing what I liked without worrying what other people thought about me. Before I would wear clothes to please someone else, to fit in, or if they were a gift.
Growing up I remember being told by different family members and friends what a woman should wear. I was told that wearing heels were preferable and so I bought high heeled shoes even though I didn’t really like wearing them often. Another time I was also told to go shopping to continually to refresh my wardrobe because it was not appropriate for a woman to have “old and out of fashion clothes”. Other people's opinions don't have such a sway on me anymore.
Enjoy your wardrobe
Prior to dressing with less I probably only enjoyed twenty percent of my wardrobe. The rest were either impulse purchases, gifts or low-quality stuff that I didn’t enjoy. Even if I wanted to wear everything, my wardrobe was so full I couldn't see all the items anyway.
Now with fewer clothes, I can see everything in my closet and I like wearing all of them. Plus, I have learnt the importance of putting away off-season clothes.
Get A nicer looking bank balance
Your bank account will be healthier as you buy less. When I do want to make a purchase I make a plan of what I want beforehand so I can budget for it and reduce any reckless spending that can slowly add up. Another pro is that with the money that I save up, when I replace clothes I can buy higher quality items that are more comfortable and last longer without blowing my budget.
Get dressed quickly and always have something to wear
I am not a morning person. I don’t like having to decide which outfits to wear first thing I wake up. With my capsule wardrobe, I know exactly what to wear because there are fewer options to choose just by the numbers and I already know that preselected combinations have been approved by past me when she selected the outfits at the start of the season when she was more awake and happier to do such things like outfit planning.
Reduce emotion fuelled shopping
Once you figure out the reason why you have ended up so much stuff that you don't wear or like it'll become easier to avoid unnecessary shopping. I don’t go shopping when I feel bad or want something new because I am bored with my life or take my minds of the challenges I have. Because I know that retail therapy distracts me for a bit and dupes me from doing what I need to do to solve the challenges of life. I know now that I will feel better if I pay attention to the real issue that is making me want to go shopping.
Get More time
As a direct result of reducing the amount of time spent on retail therapy, putting together outfits, and trying to organise your closet for the zillionth time you'll have more time to do better things with your time, things that truly add value to your life.
Over time, I have cleared out a lot more time to read more books, to write more, to go the park for more walks (and naps) and to create a life that I enjoy living.
What do you think, do you want to start dressing with less? What is holding you back from starting?
That’s it for The Personal Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post on How to Start Dressing with Less.
With love and simplicity,