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How to Simplify Your Life with a Capsule Wardrobe

How to Simplify Your Life with a Capsule Wardrobe

Are you tired of standing in front of your closet every morning, feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of clothing you own? You're not alone. With our busy lives, the last thing we want is to waste time trying to decide what to wear. This is where a capsule wardrobe comes in handy.


A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential, timeless, and high-quality pieces that can be mixed and matched to create countless outfits. It's all about quality over quantity, ensuring that every item in your wardrobe is versatile enough to be worn on multiple occasions.



In this blog post, we'll explore what a capsule wardrobe is, why it's become so popular, and how to create one that works for you. With our tips and tricks, you'll be able to streamline your wardrobe and simplify your life. Say goodbye to the daily dilemma of choosing an outfit and hello to a more sustainable, stress-free way of dressing.


And by the way - I'm rebuilding my OWN capsule wardrobe after a majority of my clothes were damage in the Ontario floods last year. I'm being thoughtful and intentional about the whole process - so I am speaking from experience here. Come find me on Instagram if you want to follow me on that journey!


What is a capsule wardrobe, and why do so many people swear by them?


A capsule wardrobe consists of a limited number of essential clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create many different outfits for a variety of occasions. The concept was popularized by a London-based boutique owner, Susie Faux, in the 1970s. The idea is to invest in quality over quantity and choose pieces that are timeless, versatile, and well-made. By having a capsule wardrobe, you can simplify your life by reducing the amount of time, money, and energy you spend on shopping, maintaining, and organizing your clothes.


We couldn't love this concept more as a sustainable fashion brand!


Choosing Clothing for your Capsule Wardrobe


You need to be intentional when choosing the right pieces for your capsule wardrobe though. You want to select items that you feel comfortable and confident wearing, that match your style and fit your body type and lifestyle. Begin with a neutral color palette of black, white, gray, navy, or more muted tones, as these colors are versatile and can be easily mixed and matched.


A little tip? I design each and every piece of clothing here at Betty x Bow with that in mind! Even something like the Molly Blouse and Shorts below can work well with almost everything that's already in your closet!



Invest in high-quality basics that can be dressed up or down, such as a white T-shirt, a black jumpsuit, a denim jacket, or a pair of trousers. Remember to consider the fabric, fit, and durability of each item, as you want your capsule wardrobe to last for a long time.


Benefits of Having a Capsule Wardrobe


The benefits of having a capsule wardrobe are clear: fewer items to maintain, less time spent deciding what to wear, less clutter, and less waste. By having a wardrobe of carefully selected pieces, you will feel confident and put together every day, no matter what your schedule or mood. Mix and match different pieces to create several outfits, using accessories such as belts, scarves, and jewelry to add interest and personality to your everyday basics. With a capsule wardrobe, you can create endless outfit combinations with just a few key items, making dressing for any occasion effortless and fun.


Consider Your Lifestyle


To create a versatile, stylish, yet practical capsule wardrobe, consider your lifestyle and your needs. If you work in an office, you might need more dressy pieces than if you work from home or in a more casual environment. If you love to travel, you might want to choose wrinkle-resistant fabrics and comfortable shoes. If you enjoy outdoor activities, you might need functional and durable clothes. The key is to choose items that reflect who you are and what you do and make you feel comfortable and confident.


A Capsule Wardrobe can Simplify Your Life By Reducing Decision Fatigue


Do you ever feel like deciding what to wear is just another task on your never-ending to-do list? A capsule wardrobe can even help with decision fatigue, as you won't have to make as many choices when getting dressed in the morning. Instead, you'll have a handful of reliable and stylish items that you can mix and match to create a variety of looks. This will not only save you time and energy, but also help simplify your life and reduce clutter in your closet.


Maintaining your Capsule Wardrobe Closet


Since you only have a limited number of pieces, you can easily see and access each item, making getting dressed a breeze. Store your clothes by type, color, or season, depending on your preferences. You can also use closet organizers such as shelves, hangers, and storage boxes to maximize space and keep everything tidy. Is anyone else continually inspired by Home Edit? If you haven't binged it yet, you need too!



Adding to your Capsule Wardrobe


You can also find comfort in knowing that a capsule wardrobe never has to feel "finished". You are going to want to add to it over time, and you don't need to feel like you have to limit yourself to X number of pieces.

When you are shopping for new items however, make sure to be mindful and choose pieces that will already fit into your existing wardrobe easily. Before you buy something new, ask yourself if it matches your style, if you need it, and if it complements your other pieces. Consider the quality, the fabric, and the versatility of the item.


By being thoughtful and intentional, you can avoid impulse purchases that clutter your closet and drain your wallet.


Ready to Simplify your Life with a Capsule Wardrobe

There is a reason that we hear of so many of the "most successful" people wearing the same thing every day (think of Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg!). While I won't suggest you wear a black turtleneck everyday (because you SHOULD actually enjoy fashion - if you want too!), a capsule wardrobe is a simple yet powerful tool for simplifying your life and saving time and money while expressing your style. So, go ahead and try it out! You don't have to intensely commit to downsizing to a certain number of pieces. Try storing away your "extra" clothes for a season and see how it feels!

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