The Truth about a Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are a timeless collection of pieces you can mix and match for your life. Can you recreate this? It’s such a trending topic to live life like a minimalist and have this small collection of pieces but what does that look like in real life? Let’s get to the truth about a ‘capsule wardrobe’.

This topic came up on TikTok, and I couldn’t help but think about how unrealistic it is to believe that you can hold onto something without changing or wanting to change. I like mixing it up with other things, such as food, exercise routines, and morning rituals. I get a solid routine for a bit, something happens, or I want to try something new and replace what I was doing, and I go through phases where I’m obsessed with peanut butter and jelly (in it right now). I’ve gone through a ton of peanut butter the past couple of months, but it’s a phase, and then I find another snack to replace it that I love. I get bored.

The definition of a capsule wardrobe feels so limiting. Even the word capsule sounds like you are stuck in this tiny thing and can’t get out, expand, or grow from there or you’ll burst. 

When I work with clients, I like to replace this wording with creating a foundation for your wardrobe. It feels freer and more solid—something you can have as a base and grow. Every new client I work with aims to create an excellent foundation for your wardrobe. With clients I’ve worked with for years, it’s just maintenance here and there to make sure the pieces still fit their body and lifestyle.

Here are the 5 truths about a ‘capsule wardrobe.’

1. Capsule wardrobes won’t last your whole life.

Some people like the idea of a capsule wardrobe because they either like the minimalistic approach or want to check shopping off their list. I’m all about minimalism, and I drive my family crazy by always keeping the home clutter-free. However, you can still have a good foundation and keep it to a minimum. Your capsule wardrobe won’t last forever. Few things do. If you haven’t listened to my podcast episode, check it out. I share the surprising things that ended up standing the test of time and other pieces that I thought would last longer that didn’t. Life is funny that way.

2. It doesn’t have to be neutral.

When you build an easy-to-mix-and-match wardrobe, it doesn’t have to be neutral. You can have colors and prints in the mix and still be able to mix and match with it. Don’t be afraid to add colors. If you enjoy neutrals, that’s fine. Stay with the neutral palette but explore burnt orange, peachy pinks, or even mint green. These colors will combine well with the neutrals you have going. If you enjoy color, explore how they can all blend, you’d be surprised by all the looks you can create.

3. You can shop for new pieces here and there.

You are allowed to buy a new shirt for summer, or one or two! Shopping here and there will keep your wardrobe feeling fresh. Once you have a good foundation, it’s good to bring something new. 

4. You’re allowed to have fun clothing.

You get dressed daily, so why not have fun in pieces that look and feel good? Whenever you look in the mirror, hop on a zoom call, or get ready, it’s nice to have a closet that lights you up. Why would you wear pieces that feel boring or don’t align with your personality? Don’t just check things off a list to get them done. Get the pieces that you want to wear often.

5. It takes maintenance.

Once you have a foundation for your wardrobe, you’ll need to maintain it. Suppose you buy everything and never add something new or replace the items looking worn. In that case, you’ll fall back into the trap of rebuilding your whole wardrobe again. When you replace pieces as you go, add fresh styles to keep your looks updated and new.

What truth was a surprise to you from this conversation? 

Continue building a lifestyle that truly reflects you, lights you up, and makes you feel your best. I’ll catch you next time.

Looking for more styling tips? Be sure to follow me on Instagram @thecloset.edit and TikTok @theclosetedit!

tannya bernadette

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