Today, I’d like to continue on the subject of minimalism. However, I’ll be focusing on the clothing many of us tend to collect. Wardrobes can quickly become overwhelming, full of items we never wear or that don’t fit. It can be hard to get rid of stuff, though, when you’ve invested your time and money into obtaining them. In addition, our clothes are often a part of our identity. I can assure you that parting with some of your out-of-control clothing stash will make you feel lighter and offers a host of other benefits. Known as a capsule wardrobe, this small collection of clothing items is meant to mix and match with each other in order to make getting dressed easier, faster, and less confusing. Let’s take a look at the benefits of a capsule wardrobe.
Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe
Less Stress to Get Dressed
Let’s face it, you’ll definitely feel less stressed out when you have fewer items from which to choose when you’re getting dressed in the morning. The fact that a capsule wardrobe is made up of clothing pieces that are meant to work well together further eases the process. Just grab a few things and go. You know they’ll match.
This is my favorite benefit of a capsule wardrobe. I have foundational pieces–slacks and skirts–that are black, white, navy blue/blue jeans, or a shade of brown. These pieces match with everything. I purchase tops in my favorite colors that complement my skin tone (yellowish tones go best with bright colors, bluish/pinkish skin tones go best with muted colors). I also did something similar to Steve Jobs–many of my basic tops are simply the same shirt in different colors! All the accent pieces–vests, jackets, sweaters, scarves–match with everything, too.
Sure, your new wardrobe will be smaller in size, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have your special touch. You can still choose basics for your aesthetic, along with some key accessories that radiate your unique style. It’s easy to make a wardrobe uniquely yours when it’s minimal because each piece must be chosen with care. In fact, you’re likely to gain a truer sense of your authentic style and learn what works for you when you take time to choose pieces purposefully. You tend to drill down to what you absolutely love, not just the impulsive “that’s cute” purchase that you wear once.
Saves Time and Money
You’ll be out the door in minutes when you can take a quick visual inventory of your closet and grab a couple pieces that suit your mood that day. Saving money has never been easier when it comes to clothes. You’ll have less waste, knowing you’ve put extensive thought into the coordination of your basic wardrobe foundation, plus you’ll need far fewer pieces.
And, for many of us whose favorite department store is Goodwill, it’s easy to tell ourselves, But it’s only $2. However, how often have you purchased something on impulse at a thrift store only to give it back to the thrift store six months later? I’ve done it and then seriously thought about those choices. Did I really save any money by doing that? Add up all those $2 excuses and it would’ve been better if I had stuck to the benefits of my capsule wardrobe!
You’ll also save time and hassle on laundry when you have a smaller wardrobe. Many of the pieces can be mixed and matched. Therefore, you can wear an item such as black pants more than once in a week. I also implemented the capsule wardrobe approach with my kids. Each kid had a limited number of interchangeable clothing pieces. And, of course, hand-me-downs and thrift stores stocked their drawers. All must-haves with larger families!
These are just some of the main benefits of a capsule wardrobe. Minimizing your wardrobe can go a long way toward helping you feel calmer. It can also be fun!