What is a capsule wardrobe?

capsule wardrobe

Perhaps it’s decision fatigue brought on by too many choices, or an unending love for all things French, but there have been an increasing number of fashion websites and bloggers singing praises about the capsule wardrobe.

According to Susie Faux, the lady who first coined the term, a capsule wardrobe is “a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.”

Although Susie Faux is a Londoner, the general consensus today is that the idea of a capsule wardrobe is quite French. How quaint! We wonder why people don’t think of Scandinavia instead; afterall, isn’t Scandinavian style rather minimalist too?

Influential capsule wardrobe websites like Project 333, Un-fancy, and Into-Mind provide excellent starter guides and style inspiration for anyone wanting to take the plunge and give their wardrobe a major overhaul. Some people recommend paring down your wardrobe to 30 – 40 pieces each season, while others opt for a more drastic 10-piece collection. Every three months, you get to add new pieces and rotate your collection for the next season. Capsule wardrobes are a great way to stop yourself from mindlessly spending on clothes that you don’t wear, free up more space in your apartment, and cut down on time spent picking out your outfit every morning. For students starting school in a different country, a capsule wardrobe makes packing so much easier too!

With a limited number of pieces to work with, careful planning is needed. We recommend downloading the free planner from Un-fancy; the useful guide requires you to spend time thinking about the clothes your lifestyle requires, what sort of colors you tend to reach for, and the budget you have to work with.

Are you ready to take on the capsule wardrobe? Click through the gallery to get an idea of what a capsule wardrobe should look like.

Engracia Ang