I see many folks around the internet and Facebook talking about Capsule Wardrobes. I like the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I think some folks are getting too caught up on the idea of getting them just right.
The good thing about a capsule wardrobe is that you can mix and match a small number of items to get a large number of different looks. That’s great, but I think this concept tends to mask a more powerful concept.
The more powerful and important concept is:
It’s ok to wear the same few items of clothing over and over again.
We tend to get sucked up into fashion and use it as an expression of ourselves. We see actors and actresses wearing beautiful dresses on the red carpet. We see models gracing magazine covers in the latest designer fashions. Many of us get this idea that we can’t be seen in the same outfit more than once.
In order to keep up with that ideal, we need to buy more and more clothes. Before long our closets and dressers are overflowing.
With that in mind, think about how many different outfits you have worn in the past month. I bet you stick with the same favorites week after week.
In your mind you want to wear different things every day, but in reality you rotate through the same five to seven outfits. (Tweet this)
My challenge to you is: Get comfortable with wearing the same outfits repeatedly.
When you do this, the capsule wardrobe becomes less important. You can then reduce you’re overall number of clothing items without worrying about whether every bottom can be matched with every top.
You likely already have some favorite top and bottom pairings already. If you already love those favorite pairings, then you’ll likely continue with those pairings even if you could mix and match it with other items.
I suggest that it’s more important to reduce your overall number of clothing items than to focus on being able to mix and match those items. Declutter your clothes first. When the decluttering is complete, you can circle around and begin creating your capsule wardrobe.