Simple definition? It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.
Why is it so great?
Ever buy some fun new clothes, but end up wearing your old favorites anyway? Me too. Ever go to your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear, even when your closet is filled with clothes? Me too!
I started wondering why I was keeping a closet stuffed with mediocre clothes I didn’t love/wear. And I also started wondering why I kept spending money on mediocre clothes I didn’t wear because they didn’t fit/look right.
So I tried out this capsule wardrobe idea I’d been hearing about. I NEVER. LOOKED. BACK. Now I always feel like I have something awesome to throw on, be it Sunday brunch or a client meeting, because every single item hanging in my closet is something I would love to wear right this moment.
We’ve all experienced closet envy. We’ve been conditioned to want the celeb closet-room, you know? And even though those are pretty cool, <strong>you can be really happy with a lot less
To me, a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear / less time spent shopping / less time doing laundry or caring for clothes) more money for our dreams + helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness.
About this time, you may be thinking, “Yeah that’s great and all, but clothes + shopping are my thing.”
Me too. The goal here isn’t to bash/quit/judge shopping and clothes. The goal is to try something new if we don’t like our current closet situation.
When I started this capsule wardrobe challenge, I was afraid it was going to deny me one of my favorite hobbies (style). But I found it didn’t. In fact, I actually found my style–the real me style that makes me feel comfortable, cool, and, well, happy to be me.
What is the cost of fast fashion? Your capsule is also an ethical statement.
The average American woman buys 52 or more new items of apparel per year. Most of that is spent on fast fashion, that is, cheap clothing that won’t last long. As Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed, summarizes:
As clothes have become cheaper, our clothing consumption has gone through the roof. In 1930, the average American woman owned an average of nine outfits. Today, we each buy more than 60 pieces of new clothing on average per year.
Our closets are larger and more stuffed than ever, as we’ve traded quality and style for low prices and trend-chasing. In the face of these irresistible deals, our total spending on clothing has actually increased, from $7.82 billion spent on apparel in 1950 to $375 billion today.
But, the true cost of fast fashion isn’t the billions of dollars we spend on excessive clothing.
The true cost is the 12 million tons of clothing Americans throw away each year.
The true cost is the 168 million child workers worldwide.
The true cost is the lives of the 1,137 confirmed dead at the Rana Plaze building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013.
How does the capsule concept apply to my lingerie?
Instead of having 50 panties you ignore and 10 you wear regularly, adopt this strategy. In our Open Letter to North American Women our CEO Natalie Grunberg shares her knowledge of French lingerie and suggests we have three types of panties. We need basics, about 10-15, including thongs and comfy cotton hipsters. These need to be refreshed, since we know our basics get used more often then we’d like to admit. We also need our fancier office 9-5 panties. Panties with lace and color, but also function under suits and dresses. Stock at least 15, as they will be worn almost every working day, and evenings with jeans. The final segment is the fancy knickers that are panties for exceptional occasions. These are your lacy racy pairs, you’ll need a collection of 7-10, or more if you really want to be French.
Tell us what you think of the capsule concept? Have you tried it?