Less Is More; The Capsule Wardrobe
By Molly Cohen
Defining the capsule wardrobe:
An old concept, which was founded way back in 1970s, the capsule wardrobe, – okay, so maybe it really isn’t that old – is now coming back into fashion. So what is the capsule wardrobe? The concept is simple: narrow down your closet by developing a select, minimal collection of clothing items that you can repeatedly wear. The benefits are basic: spend less time choosing your outfits in the morning, stop saying you have nothing to wear, stop shopping so much, and have a more organized wardrobe: de-clutter your home, de-clutter your life.
Why is the capsule wardrobe coming back into style?
With social media and technology becoming the norm, everything is moving faster, fashion included. As such, styles are constantly changing, making it overwhelming, if not impossible to keep up with the latest trends. So when the choices seem to be spend lots of money to stay on trend, or just give up and decide to not follow the trend, there has to be a middle ground. And this version of a middle ground makes sense: spend time developing your personal style rather than spending your time and money shopping, and choose to focus on quality rather than quantity. Just think of the concept of slow fashion.
Origins of the capsule wardrobe:
Susie Faux, creator of “Wardrobe” a London boutique, is known to have created the term capsule wardrobe in the 70s, and has since published books about the concept. In 1985, the idea became popular when Donna Karan came out with her first collection and an ‘Essentials’ line of seven pieces meant for creating a mini capsule wardrobe. Karan’s idea was to use bodysuits as a base, which could then be paired with a skirt to make a dress, or paired with pants to make a top.