What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

what is a capsule wardrobe?Have you heard of the capsule wardrobe!? I first came across the concept on Instagram via my friend Trisha. I have already completed two seasons utilizing the capsule wardrobe concept and have decided that I love it and how it has impacted my life and style. Who knew minimizing your closet could be so transformative and life-changing? So want to know exactly what a capsule wardrobe is and how it can change your life? Read on. What is a capsule wardrobe?  A capsule wardrobe is a curated mini wardrobe that you wear for an entire season.  Are you wondering why on earth you might want to limit your wardrobe? Well, truth be told, simplifying your life and getting rid of things that aren't serving you or bringing you joy can create a radical shift in your life. Caroline of the Unfancy blog describes the capsule wardrobe: "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 + healing others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness."

How it has impacted me.  Externally, I feel fabulous in all of my clothes because they fit well and represent my personal style well. I rarely have those days when I just don't know what to wear. Internally, getting rid of the clothes that didn't bring me joy and removing all the excess from my life has been truly liberating. Minimizing my closet and my belongings has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I no longer feel the urge to seek happiness in possessions through impulsive shopping. I no longer feel the guilt associated with having a big closet of clothes and never wearing most of them. I feel joy in being able to hand off clothing that I love but never wore to friends who love them. I feel lighter, happier and more at peace.

Thoughts on 'stuff' and minimizing. I feel the weight of the 'stuff' I own at a very deep level. When I made the move from Eugene to Portland, I minimized my life by roughly seventy percent. It felt amazing. It was one of the most liberating experiences. Since then, I have been on a mission to continue to simplify my life. Minimalism takes attention and intention. It's not something that just happens, rather it's something you practice daily. The effort is completely rewarding; a cleaner house, a clearer mind and more freedom. That is why the capsule wardrobe has been such an appealing concept to me. For as long as I can remember, I have had a closet filled with clothes that didn't make me feel good. I had pants that were too small, shirts that didn't fit the style I was going for and shoes that hurt my feet. I constantly felt that I had nothing to wear. I also fell victim to the idea that buying things would help transform my life. News flash, buying things does not transform your life. YOU transform your life. 

My Personal Experience with the CW.  My first go at it was in the fall of 2014. I learned so much in that season. The good and the bad. For example, I had way too many plaid shirts and not enough pairs of pants. Winter rolled around and I did my winter capsule, again, learning so much like white canvas high-tops are not really seasonally appropriate for the wet winters of the Pacific Northwest and that ripped denim in the winter makes for very cold legs. I also learned about my personal style. I like easy, undone, minimalistic style that still has a touch of sophistication. I found 'my brands'—those that fit my body well and my budget. I also realized that I spent way less money even though the upfront purchase may have been a little larger. Lastly, I felt satisfied with what I had. I didn't feel the need to go shopping. And I didn't make any irrational buys. After two seasons of keeping quiet on my capsule wardrobe, I finally feel ready to talk about it more publicly. I take what I share on my blog very seriously and always speak from personal experience. I don't like to share anything that I haven't personally tried and benefited from.

CW + Holistic Wellness. For me, the capsule has been a huge part of my personal wellness regime. My approach to health and wellness is holistic. That means that I don't just focus on the food or lifestyle factors but the whole picture. Artistic expression and self-representation are extremely important to how I feel—this is something I am discovering is huge in managing my Hashimoto's. I notice a serious lessening of my symptoms when I get up, dress up and put effort into looking my best. I love how Lacy of Free and Native talks about style and fashion as a means of expressing inner uniqueness and the joy within your heart.

TO GET STARTED. I suggest starting your journey on Caroline's website. Just browsing the it will make you feel totally inspired. Then go on to read  what a capsule wardrobe  is and how to build a capsule wardrobe. Her blog will be your one-stop shop for all things capsule wardrobe.