Have you ever found yourself standing in front of your closet, half naked, and when you’d rather light the whole place on fire than complete the outfit, thought, I have nothing to wear! The struggle is real. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to reevaluate your wardrobe to save yourself some time, energy, and sanity.
A Functional Capsule Wardrobe is the simple fix because it is minimal and efficient without being restrictive. Dressing yourself is quick and easy when everything in your closet is a beautiful, flattering favorite that makes you feel like a shiny penny.
We are more than what we wear, but we still want to look and feel great without forfeiting half of our lives to achieve it. Cultivating a Functional Capsule Wardrobe will preserve your precious resources and coveted mental space for the more important things in life, without sacrificing your personal style.
Here is a guide to a Functional Capsule Wardrobe in 3 easy steps:
Start from scratch.
Empty your entire closet onto your bed. It sounds overwhelming, but it is the best way to keep yourself honest during the evaluation process. Immediate returns to the closet should be (and only be) absolute favorite pieces that you would wear right this moment. Immediate tosses include any pieces that are faded, holey, stained, or anything that doesn’t fit well today.
Use the golden rule.
The Functional Capsule Wardrobe golden rule is: if you wouldn’t go out and buy this clothing item again today, it has to go. If you would, then it can stay. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fancy designer piece or the softest yoga pants of your life, you’ll repeatedly pass on it while rummaging through your closet if you don’t feel confident enough in the item to buy it again. Asking this question is the make-it-or-break-it metric that provides an authentic answer every time.
Abide by Westwood.
Vivienne Westwood, that is. She says, “Buy less; choose well.” Choose quality over quantity. When you need to replace an article of clothing or purchase a new addition, you can apply this concept. We get what we pay for, and cheap clothes wear out quickly and require more frequent replacements, which means spending more time and money. Investing in versatile, quality pieces rather than a large quantity of mediocre pieces, eliminates the daily decision fatigue and saves your precious resources.
The Functional Capsule Wardrobe is focused on the individual and whatever amount of clothing you decide is reasonable for you. Find your number, and cap the number of hangers in your closet to match it so you can stay in your capsule wardrobe sweet spot. These guidelines are tips to get the process going, and inspire you to find our own groove in order to finally cultivate the closet of your dreams.