The Benefits of Having a Capsule Wardrobe
Capsule wardrobes have become increasing popular post-pandemic as getting dressed in normal work attire is back. For many, picking out what to wear each day is stressful, time-consuming, and generally draining. Capsule wardrobes are here to remove all those stresses and provide some added benefits. Let’s dive in!
What is a capsule wardrobe?
Simply Chic defines a capsule wardrobe as a limited selection of interchangeable clothing pieces that complement each other, allowing you to create various outfits.
Capsule wardrobes are often filled with garments of individual taste and style, which means a lot of similar tones and colours or patterns and styles. There are no rules when creating a capsule wardrobe. In fact, evolving your wardrobe as you grow and change is recommended!
“I have nothing to wear!” – We’ve all said it.
The idea of a capsule wardrobe aims to remove this feeling. The perfect capsule wardrobe is filled with garments you love to wear and, importantly, feel comfortable in.
Building your capsule wardrobe should be a planned task. Creating a digital mood board can be a great way to figure out what kind of clothes you want to wear. Remember, the idea of this type of wardrobe is that all pieces go together, so sticking to one or two ‘themes’ or ‘styles’ is key.
Pinterest is a great place to start. Start by searching for the types of looks you want to create. Depending on your job and lifestyle, your outfit types might vary slightly. For example, ‘smart casual business outfits’ might be somewhere to start if you work in an office.
Once you have your mood board and inspiration, it’s time to start shopping. When you begin gathering pieces, it’s important to keep in mind that the idea of having fewer items is the goal. Therefore, purchasing items that are high quality is a must. You want to have garments you look and feel great in, right?
If you are looking for a durable and versatile workwear collection, check out our range here.
What should I include in my capsule wardrobe?
Building your collection needs to start with the basics. Base layers such as pants, jeans, t-shirts and long-sleeve tops are a good starting point. When deciding what you want to buy, think about your climate. If you live in North Queensland, you probably won’t be needing thick-knit jumpers. If you live somewhere like Melbourne, you might need a big mixture of things to see you through the year. However, if you live in Wellington, NZ, you might need a wider variety of garments. In this case, consider layering options. Finding garments that can be worn as is in summer yet that can be layered in winter is ideal if you are keen to fully jump into the capsule wardrobe life. Once you have your base layers down pat, it’s time to look at versatile additions. How you accessorise an outfit can completely change the entire feel of a look.
Additionally, items such as cardigans, belts and lightweight scarfs can add to an outfit and diversify the basics. Finding garments you are naturally drawn to may be a breeze depending on your individual style. However, if you feel a little lost, you can’t go wrong with classic garments like the ones found here.
There are so many benefits to having a capsule wardrobe that may already be circling your mind. However, there are even more that you might not yet have considered. Let’s unpack them.
A capsule wardrobe is a more sustainable approach in comparison to a regular wardrobe. This is because when you invest in high-quality garments you love, you are less likely to make spontaneous unneeded items. Additionally, you are less likely to contribute to fast fashion when you truly love your things. Keeping garments for a longer period of time and repurposing them over and over stops the garments from contributing to landfill, a concerning issue worldwide. Each item makes a difference! To learn more about your impact on fast fashion and how you can improve your ethical footprint, click here.
Similarly to being more sustainable, when you invest in garments designed to last years on end, you are less likely to fall into the traps of sales and ‘good deals’. When you need a fresh outfit, try a new pairing of garments you already have rather than purchasing something new. Not only will you feel like you have a new outfit, but you’ll save money too!
Ease of dressing
Knowing exactly what you have in your wardrobe and that it all fits and looks great makes picking out outfits seamless. A more concise wardrobe enables you to pick from fewer options that pair together nicely rather than starting from scratch with each outfit. As mentioned above, having a closet full of garments that all work well together means you can’t really go wrong!
A clutter-free wardrobe - doesn’t it sound like a dream?! When you love everything in your collection, there is no room for things that don’t get worn. A smaller, loved collection gives you more space in your wardrobe and a little less clutter. Not only does having a tidy wardrobe do wonders for your mind, but it also allows you to see the majority of your clothes at once, nothing shoved in the back or out of sight. Another win for ease of dressing!
Look good, feel good
Do you ever wear something, and you find yourself saying, ‘I will never wear this itchy top again!’ then, a few months later, you make the same mistake? Yep, we have all been there. However, culling your collection to only contain garments that feel nice and comfortable makes a huge difference.
Trying things on when buying items for your capsule wardrobe is a must. Think of it as an investment you are making. Would you be happy to wear that garment for a whole week if you had to? Are you likely to wear it on repeat for the long term? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then put it back and keep looking.
Are you ready to start your capsule wardrobe? Share your process and style inspiration with us @bizcorporates on Instagram. Happy shopping!