Brr... There's still a bit more than a week until fall officially arrives, but we're already getting a sneak peek of the golden season these couple of days. I've finally, albeit unwillingly, put summer behind and started digging into the storage for my thicker layers. This kind of in-between weather had me standing in the closet in the mornings, unsure of what to wear, and then I would declare "I've nothing to wear!" Yes, unbelievable right? That's what the Mr. thinks too, as he would look at my closet full of clothes and shake his head.
As I started gathering outfit and style ideas for fall and winter, I stumbled across the idea of capsule wardrobe. It's essentially building a wardrobe out of a few pieces of basic essentials and then branch out with accent colours and textures. Hey, isn't that what interior design is all about? I think I can do this!
I've always been mesmerized by how people come up with numerous different outfits with just a few pieces of clothing, dressed-up or down. Little did I know that's the essence of a capsule wardrobe!
The key here is a FEW. Did I refuse to learn about the capsule wardrobe concept when I've been shopping online all these years? How I just discovered it is beyond me, but it couldn't come more timely. I can't ignore the fact that I've NOTHING to wear despite a closet full of clothes. The problem is with a changing body, I still hang onto clothes that don't fit, or no longer fit my style. I would grab my few beloved pieces out of the many. I still shopped, and the Mr. can attest to that with the occasional comment of "you've got a parcel at the door". I can't help but ask myself, have I been buying clothes that I loved or just felt that it looked ok and was on sale?
I'm a bargain hunter at heart, but I still look for quality pieces (just like I do for our home decor pieces). My aging process has made me impatient with inferior pieces with poor cutting, and opted for better material and fit. The capsule wardrobe idea fits my maturing sense of style, and forces me to look at need vs. want in a whole new light. It gives me further incentive to shop! As in investing in fewer, better quality pieces that represent who I am and my lifestyle - pieces that will last several seasons.
I think the Mr. will be glad to know that I'm planning to purge more pieces from my closet, perhaps not down to the bare minimum. The dressing area at our new house isn't the size of our previous dressing room, and he's obviously concerned that I won't have enough storage for my clothing. Or that this would happen again at the new house:
With a capsule wardrobe, I'll be able to make his life easier and relieve his disturbed mind. ;-)
If you're interested in reading more on capsule wardrobe, here are two inspiring blogs to check out:
Are you ready to tackle your closet for the changing season? Would you give the capsule wardrobe a try?