It’s that time of year when everyone is busy making resolutions trying to improve their lives and themselves. If you’re one of them, have you considered making a change in your wardrobe? Creating a capsule wardrobe is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a positive change in your life. Therefore why not make it one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2016!
1. It’s Quick and (relatively) Painless
You already own enough clothes to create your first capsule wardrobe, therefore you can create one today. The process is quick and straightforward, start by having a wardrobe purge and picking out the clothes you love which are seasonally appropriate. To get you started read about my wardrobe purge and check out my tips for clearing out your closet.
2. Saves Money
Because you’re no longer shopping for new clothes every week, you’ll be surprised at just how much money you can save. I didn’t realise just how much money I was spending on clothes until I stopped and had all this extra cash at the end of the month. These little £30 trips to New Look really add up over time, if you find not shopping difficult read my tips on overcoming the desire to shop. If you want to pay off some debt or start saving more in 2016, having a capsule wardrobe can really help you reach your goal.
If you want to de-clutter your home and start living a more minimal lifestyle, your wardrobe is the perfect place to start. After your wardrobe purge, you’ll have far fewer clothes to store freeing up space in your home (I know you have clothes everywhere – not just in your wardrobe). Having less in your wardrobe also means it looks neater and will inspire you to continue the clear up throughout the home.
4. Saves Time
Having a capsule wardrobe helps to cut down the amount of time it takes you to get ready in the morning (those extra few minutes in bed are very important). Capsule wardrobes also help save time in other, more unexpected ways. Because you’re no longer shopping for clothes, you’ll no longer find yourself browsing the new in section of Topshop or ASOS, that 10 minutes here and there really add up. You’ll also find more productive things to do on the weekends now your not popping into town for a trip to the shops. This extra time can be used to help you with your other resolutions. Maybe you want to learn a new language or how to knit but didn’t think you had enough time – well now you do!
5. Fewer Decisions/Less Stress
Making decisions uses a lot of mental energy, so any way you can reduce the number of decisions you make can only be positive. Having a capsule wardrobe means you no longer find yourself staring at a wardrobe full of clothes, thinking you have nothing to wear. This can be a very stressful way to start your day, and let’s face it we normally have these thoughts on already stressful days (like before an important meeting, job interview, presentation etc). Fewer clothes mean less choice which in turn makes deciding what to wear simpler. This means you can focus all your energy on the day ahead.
6. Helps Develop Personal Style
When we have a wardrobe full of clothes and are popping to H&M every other day to add something else, it is hard to define your personal style. With fast fashion, you are encouraged to buy into trends, which makes it hard to figure out your personal style. When you remove the fast fashion from your wardrobe only keeping what you truly love, you’ll figure out your personal style.
7. Shift to Quality
As you clear out your wardrobe and own less clothing the quality of that clothing becomes more important. We all say we’d love a wardrobe made up of quality clothing from the likes of Whistles and Reiss but in reality, we stick to New Look and H&M because of they are so much cheaper. However, when you only have 30 odd items you can budget for more quality pieces. These higher quality items will last longer and will become staples in your wardrobe.
8. Keeps you Organised
Your wardrobe is a great place to start when trying to be more organised. Having all your clothes hanging neatly (and fitting everything in) can be very inspiring, before you know it you’ll be organising every aspect of your life. You’ll also have more time and energy to focus on other more important areas of your life. Because you change your capsule every season you need to plan ahead, knowing what’s coming up (conferences, weddings, meetings etc) will help you plan your wardrobe the new season. You’ll also need to make time to get your wardrobe organised at the end of each season.
9. It’s a Challenge
Taking on a new challenge is a great way to start the new year. Yes in the grand scheme of things living with 37 items in your wardrobe rather than 200 isn’t that difficult, but if you want to reduce your wardrobe and shop less it’s a good place to start.