Capsule Wardrobe is a limited clothing concept that was first originated by Susie Faux, the owner of UK-based Boutique “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. She is also an author of the book “Wardrobe - Develop Your Style & Confidence” where she gives incites about how to shop wisely and build up a versatile and adaptable range of clothes that works for a particular person. Susie Faux developed this new retail concept to help women enhance their style and confidence.
Faux implied that a capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothes that includes basic and essential items that do not go out of fashion and can be worn for multiple occasions and seasons. These items include a minimum of "2 pairs of trousers, a dress or a skirt, a jacket, a coat, a knit, two pairs of shoes and two bags".
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A capsule wardrobe aims to have many interchangeable outfits with limited pairs of clothing, for instance, a t-shirt which can be paired with jeans as well as a dress or pants. Therefore, this can be done by buying only staple and necessary items which are synchronized in color and line.
This term was later popularized by American designer Donna Karan, in 1985, when she released her first collection “Seven Easy Pieces”. This collection was mainly put together for the working and career women to show them that they can look professional and sophisticated at their workplace even without a suit. The crucial item of this collection was the black bodysuit and tights. Models started adding up interchangeable items like wrap-skirts, dresses, and trousers to create different outfits with the same bodysuit. Consequently, many magazines have written blogs and articles on the capsule wardrobe concept and further popularized it. As a term, capsule wardrobe has now become prevalent and widely used in the fashion media.
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Let’s be honest most of us don’t know much about the capsule wardrobe. You may have heard about it from your friends but never dug into what exactly that is. Because we all are fast-fashion hoarders and it is difficult to stick to limited clothing. According to Merriam-Webster, fast fashion is defined as “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers”. Living in a fast-fashion world, we have grown accustomed to buying cheap and low-priced clothing that is brought in the market and goes with the latest fashion trends.
And now in 2021, in the wake of these unprecedented times when we are not able to go outside; the pandemic has made us realize that hoarding these clothes is unreasonable and makes no sense at all. Our closets are filled with items that are unnecessary or we have grown out of. For the moment, let’s try to make our life easier by decluttering our wardrobe and keep only those clothes that we love, wear, fit right now and that brings us joy.
“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.” - Marie Kondo