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Q&A: Why I’m Creating Monthly Capsule Wardrobes

January 29, 2020 1 Comment


Hi, friends! On Monday, I shared via InstaStories what a capsule wardrobe means for me and why I’m creating them monthly (saved in my highlights). I wanted to dive a little deeper into the topic, so I thought I would answer some questions more in depth in a post dedicated to my goal of monthly capsule wardrobes.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4: 10-11

1. What is a capsule wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing pieces that are so versatile, they are able to be mixed and matched with one another for a period of time. The person curating the capsule wardrobe decides on the number of tops, bottoms, shoes, etc. they want to include in their capsule, as well as the time frame for wearing the wardrobe. Some people create year-long capsule wardrobes, others create seasonal, monthly, or topic-based, such as workwear. Also, it is up to the curator to decide if she wants to include accessories, jewelry, and outerwear, etc. For the Jan/Feb Capsule Wardrobe, I only included tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories (one scarf). I excluded jewelry, outerwear, and other types of clothing, such as pajamas and loungewear.

2. Why is it called a “capsule?” The true definition of a capsule is “a small tube containing powder or liquid medicine.” But that’s not what we’re talking about, ha! Susie Faux, a London-based boutique owner in the 1970s coined the term “capsule wardrobe.” Faux stated that, “a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.” Although we have altered her definition slightly, this was and still is the basis for capsule wardrobes.

3. Why are you doing monthly capsule wardrobes? I decided to create monthly capsule wardrobes for a few reasons: 1) It seems fun! I love the idea of choosing a certain number of pieces in my closet and finding new ways to style them. I’ll be keeping some of the items you’ve seen so far in the Jan/Feb Capsule Wardrobe for the upcoming months, which means finding even more ways to style the pieces! 2) I want to give my clothes new life. My goal is to shop my closet before I shop a store. Most people already do capsule wardrobes without even realizing it! Since I’m new to this, curating monthly capsules instead of seasonal—or even yearly—seemed to make the most sense (and be the most fun)!

4. Why do you own more clothes than what’s in your capsule wardrobe? I am someone who declutters my closet on a very regular basis. I have definitely made the mistake of donating clothing items that I actually wear and need in my wardrobe because I got too excited about minimizing my closet. What I own right now feels like a great amount of clothing pieces. Most of what is stored away are seasonal clothes, and the other winter clothing I’ve stored away are mostly specific to Christmas time. Also, I’m not a minimalist. I highly value the principles of minimalism, but I am not a true minimalist and am not striving to be one. Over the past few years, I have learned how to implement those principles into my life that makes the most sense for me.

5. How do you choose what items go into your capsule wardrobes? I want to discuss this in a separate post where I can dive into the topic further, but in brief, I have chosen pieces based on a few criteria:
– I love the piece but don’t know how to style it properly (i.e., my grey long sleeve);
– The piece is versatile enough that it will go with the bottoms & accessories I’ve chosen for the capsule;
– The piece is outside of my comfort zone and I want to give it a genuine try before I make the decision to donate it.

6. Why is learning how to shop your own closet so important? Consumerism, the theory that buying goods is good for the economy [spoiler alert: it’s not], is at an all-time high, and fast fashion is causing a huge issue to our environment, as well as allowing horrendous factory conditions. Unfortunately, the clothes I share with you are not from guaranteed ethical brands, but all of this is a process. I’m moving in the direction of only shopping from ethical brands, but my hope is that other brands will input better ethical standards in their factories. Further, shopping my own closet allows me to shop what I already own first, before choosing to shop in stores. As soon as we buy a piece of clothing, the item instantly decreases in value. Thus, I want to learn how to give my clothes new life and ultimately keep them in my closet longer. Secondhand shopping can also allow for clothes to have a longer life, as well as fight against consumerism. Shopping your closet is better for our environment, our mental health, and our wallets.

7. Do you have to be a minimalist to create capsule wardrobes? Definitely not! As of writing this post, I have more winter clothes than what’s featured in the capsules. The point is to not have excess. By creating capsule wardrobes, I’ve learned what my style is and what pieces I need vs. what I want. It’s allowed me to learn how to shop smarter.

Have anymore questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below, or, send me a DM on Instagram!

-Anna A.

Questions I will be answering in the upcoming “How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe” Post:
-Can you explain a step-by-step how-to?
-What do you do with the clothes that you don’t choose for your capsule wardrobe? Is this a sign to donate them?
-How do you incorporate needs for unpredictable weather?
-What do you do if you have a nice event to attend, but the clothes in your capsule don’t include any pieces for that event?

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Petite Wander Style was founded in March 2018. All comments and opinions are her own.

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