How many clothes does a person have? The more clothes you wear, the better. Isn’t it? The more items you buy, the more you get. Is that true? Obviously not. I decided to share with you the 37 “Capsule Wardrobe” plan that is sufficient for summer.
What is the “Capsule Wardrobe”?
The term “Capsule Wardrobe” first appeared in 1970. It was presented by Susie Faux, the owner of a boutique in London called ‘Wardrobe’. This specific term is used for different seasonal single fashion products that you can combine with others to create multiple sets in different combinations.
By the mid-1980s, Donna Karan, the founder and designer of the American brand DKNY, came up with the concept of “brightness 7”: a tight, a skirt, a women’s shirt, a coat, a jacket, a pair of pants and an evening dress. Under her influence, the concept of “capsule wardrobe” became popular in the west.▼
Caroline created her own personal blog, ‘Unfancy’, in 2014. The reason why she began to write blogs with her original words is quite interesting. On one hand, she was looking for her personal style. On the other hand, she wanted to get rid of that unknown force that kept her making some needlessly emotional purchases.
“Work is too tiring. Buy! I’m not in a good mood today. Buy! Is there any trouble at home? I’m buying and buying! It’s no wonder that I don’t have much time in my closet, because all this is reflected in my negative emotions. It’s not my style of dress,” Caroline said.
So, she began to think: Why should I put in my closet something I don’t like or I can’t wear? Why do I have to spend some money to buy clothes that I didn’t wear afterwards? Why, why is this? You must ask yourself these questions.
Caroline began to seek solutions. She took to internet to check and the questions were quite specific. For example: “How to suppress the desire to buy?” Haha, I think all the beautiful girls want to ask this question.
Then she decided to try the capsule wardrobe. And began to use the blog ‘Unfancy’ to record her personal dressing up experiences and also for sharing the ways to try the capsule wardrobe.▼
Each Season with 37 Single Products to Deal with Different Occasions
Caroline’s capsule wardrobe for each season has 37 specific items, including: tops, bottoms, dresses, coats, and shoes.
Let’s check her “small wardrobe”, she personally like simple style. Spring 2015 capsule list:Tops and insides are mainly T-shirts and shirts.▼
Bottoms and jackets are also basic products, many of which are the evergreen items. Caroline talked a lot about them such as, black narrow-leg pants, jeans, and motorcycle leather clothing. The main colors are black, white and gray.▼
Her shoes are all flat or thick. It seems that Caroline is a comforter. Sandals, boots and sports shoes—these three footwears are enough to meet the everyday activities like a daily leisure travel, dating and so on.▼
The important thing about the capsule wardrobe is that every single item is very much liked by the masses and is highly utilizable. The key to a different mix of limited items is to wear more. Such as:
A pair of jeans can have three completely different combinations: with a vertical striped shirt for work commuting style, with a letter T-shirt is the daily casual style, take a long shirt and a necklace with a changed hairstyle to wear at a date.▼
The same black shorts with panama hats and sandals bring you in a relaxing vacation mode. Then you can wear them with tannin vests and heeled shoes for getting into work mode.▼
Caroline also experimented with the simple dressing method of the same clothes from day to night. A girl can go out for a date simply by dressing up right after work.▼
The key to the “Capsule Wardrobe” is the small number of single items, but they are generally classic models or Versatile models. No matter how the trend changes, I don’t change my rules.
So there are many basic items in Caroline’s list.▼
However, it is not necessary to require all basic items and basic colors. Whatever your budget is, it must have the capacity to buy you the most recent and popular items so that this year’s wardrobe can be more updated. But it is also important that you really like these new items and it suits you well.
Is the red item on the left different from Caroline’s daily styling? There are also lazy fashion Dafas like the right ones.▼
Why it is 37?
Many people are still curious, why only 37 single products?
For Caroline, 9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, 15 tops, 2 skirts, and 2 jackets are enough to meet her outfitting needs.
Her 37 individual items consist of three parts:
One is to pick a single item in the closet
The second is a pick from the previous quarter’s collection
The third is based on all the new purchases.
These 37 items are updated with the changes of the season. Caroline’s approach is: In each quarter (three months) you don’t need to buy new clothes. she recommends buying new clothes only in the next two weeks, when new quarter arrives.
When you first try the capsule closet, Caroline’s method suggests to enlist an outfit’s list. First you have to combine the suitable items with each other with labeling and archive the good ones neatly. In this way, it will be easy for you to consult the list and pick your new day’s outfit every night before going to sleep or before work on the second day.
After a groping summary, she discovered that these 37-piece capsule wardrobe provided her with a balance between the simplification of the wardrobe and the fun of outfitting.
But Caroline also said: “To be honest, this is not a standard quantity. If you think that 37 items cannot satisfy you, or if it is too much for you, try again until you find a quantity that suits you.”
Choose what is based on your actual needs. However, remember that less is more.
For example, you must have 3 tops: T-shirts, shirts and vests—two pants: jeans and wide-legged pants—for footwear, a pair of flat bottoms and a pair of heel shoes is enough. Thus, your capsule wardrobe is based on 7 pieces. Single products mean the world. Isn’t it?
She also puts forward two worthy ways to simplify the wardrobe approach: Increase the worth of the clothes by buying simple but fashionable items. Do not focus on fake methods like photo effects, beautiful backgrounds and makeup to uplift your look. Whatever items suits you, are the best and worth staying in your wardrobe.
Capsule Wardrobe, Changing More Than Just Clothes
After one year of her practice, Caroline said, “Never again, I don’t feel like I don’t have clothes anymore. Whether it’s going out for a meal on weekends or meeting with customers because I’m wearing every piece of clothes in my closet. It’s all I want to wear immediately.”
Through the “Capsule Wardrobe”, Caroline slowly explored the minimalist style that suits her the best. Her blog and Instagram are informatively cool.▼
However, the “Capsule Wardrobe” changed more than just collocations.
It has already been said that the reason why Caroline tried the “capsule closet” was to curb the power of buying and buying that raised in her mind. After practicing her own rules, her shopping habits have undergone great changes.
For the items that need to be purchased, Caroline makes a budget every quarter and plans how much money she needs to buy them. She said: “My goal is to create a useful, thoughtful, rational wardrobe. This way I can reduce impulse shopping and slow down the purchase. I can go to some independent brands and go to some small stores. There are many places where clothes need to wait for a while because there is already a strong wardrobe behind me and I have enough time to wait.”
For each purchase of a new item, Caroline said: “Even if you buy jeans, you have to take it seriously like you buy a car. It’s a big, permanent purchase. I’m not going to be impulsive. Buy it because I want to buy it at once.”
Caroline has now stopped sharing her list of capsules, and her latest issue was released in 2015 spring series. That is so, because she no longer needs to formulate a capsule list to select and match her clothes.
“Although my capsule wardrobe is no longer maintaining the required number of items, I have become accustomed to such streamlined wardrobes. When buying, buying and buying, I have more directivity and buy less, but I feel more enjoyable.”
She wrote in her blog: “For me, the capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for more meaningful and important things.”
Let our closet be filled with joy. This is the most attractive definition for the “Capsule Wardrobe”. In fact, this should not only be about wardrobes but all aspects of life should be treated in the same way—whether it is about articles, friends, close relationships or even “breaking up”. Every matter should be based on real needs and the things that really matter and source happiness in your life.