Posted: Jun 02 2016
Are you one of those girls with a closet that is overflowing with clothes, yet you constantly find yourself frantically trying to find something to wear? Oftentimes you’re rummaging through your racks, pulling out dresses from past seasons and creating a sizable pile atop your bed – and still, nothing. You’re bored of your clothes, things don’t fit as well as they should, and that salmon color from a couple years ago just isn’t suiting you anymore.
Did you know that in 1930 the typical woman had 36 items of clothing hanging in her closet? That’s about a fourth of today’s standard – with the average number of items in women’s closet hitting upwards of 120.
Enter in the “capsule wardrobe”. Back in the 1970s, Susie Faux – the owner of a London boutique, coined the term “capsule wardrobe”, describing a collection of a few essential items that are always in fashion and can easily be interchangeable (i.e. skirts, trousers, coats). The term really caught on in America in the 1980s when Donna Karan released her “Seven Easy Pieces” collection. The goal of a capsule wardrobe was to invest in high-quality pieces that could be worn often and in many ways. Today, with a heightened effort to minimize, save time and money, the capsule wardrobe has become a full-blown phenomenon, with styling tips emerging on the pages of Vogue, Marie Claire and countless blogs.
Style blogger, Caroline Joy of Unfancy, puts it best, stating: "A capsule wardrobe represents more time, more money and more energy for the things in life that really matter."
We’ve decided to put together our own spin on the capsule wardrobe, this time for the Summer 2016 edition.
- Clear out the clutter.
- Assess what you’re left with and see if there is a pattern developing (and or color palette).
- Create a vision of what you want your wardrobe/outfits to look like (hello Pinterest!)
- Examine your lifestyle – make notes of the activities and things you do on a daily/weekly basis and figure out the frequency (work, date night, girls night, workout, etc)
Though many articles will state that “33” or “37” is the magical number when it comes to creating a capsule – it’s completely up to you. Maybe you have a number in mind and maybe you don’t – as long as you have the staple pieces in your wardrobe, the possibilities are endless!
Our favorite staples for a starter summer capsule wardrobe include: