Have you ever stood in a closet full of clothing and thought “I have absolutely nothing to wear today!”?
Have you ever bought garments thinking “Oh, this is super chic!”, but you never touched them again?
Well, Caroline Rector started a blog a few years ago called Un-Fancy that explored these dilemmas and her approach to stop purchasing trendy clothing that did not compliment her style or contribute to her needs.
In researching how to shop more consciously and find her style, she came across the “capsule wardrobe”. As coined by Susie Faux, a boutique owner in London, curating a closet is all about dressing with small collections of clothing, organized by season. This allows you to mix and match your staple pieces. According to Rector, a capsule closet is a mini wardrobe that is made up of select pieces that are versatile. These select pieces are only those that you absolutely love!
Rector chose to do a Capsule Experiment with 37 pieces in her wardrobe, including shirts, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. These 37 pieces last for three months, or one season. Essentially, you do not go shopping until you plan and shop for the next season. This may seem like a harsh purge, but for those looking to fall in love with their closet again, it may be a helpful exercise. Rector features some helpful tips on how to sort your existing closet into items you love, those that you can donate, sell, or swap with friends, and those that can be stored for another season.
What makes the capsule wardrobe even easier are the chic tools that Rector gives her readers. There is an app to help with curating your dream, minimalist closet. In addition, she has a guide called “A Seasonal Planner for Your Wardrobe” with worksheets to help organize all of your pieces.
If you love shopping just as much as we do, but you need help getting the most out of your closet, this is a great place to start!
Information and Pictures Gathered From: Un-fancy.