CAPSULE WARDROBE - Declutter your CLOSET to Edit your Life
“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”- Nathan W. Morris
Living in today’s fast-paced world and being consumed by its hustle-bustle, we often tend to hoard items in our houses, filling up our spaces with more than what we require. How many of you are guilty of indulging in impulsive retail therapy (don’t get us wrong, it’s fabulous) and stocking up on pieces of clothing that have made a cozy little abode at the back of your closet? Research has shown that our homes are a reflection of our personalities. Unsurprisingly, a prolonged clutter situation can be an outcome of a lower life state, further resulting in a blurred state of haze.
It brings forth negative energy into our lives. Since our wardrobes are an easy target of dumping a lot of our possessions; it makes absolute sense to start from there. If you want to see the rippling effects of what’s been emphasized above, try a small experiment: Scout and remove 5 items from your closet that you have not utilized in the past one and a half years. Ask yourself if you really like it. You will be astonished to see a sudden release of energy or stress almost instantaneously. The surge of positivity and optimism will shoot up zealously.
This concept has become so popular that Netflix picked up the Japanese Consultant Marie Kondo, and created a show to encourage this fast gaining phenomenon. Revolving around mental wellness, her motto as mentioned in an interview is simple and straightforward, “We aim to tidy and organize our client’s lives, and help them live a life that sparks joy. For the same, we are committed to offering them with some of the simplest and most effective tools to get there and live a life of contentment”. An important component of her process is to clear out one’s wardrobe and keep clothing and accessories, which are truly consumed and not just lying there sordidly.
The practice that she follows is a component of the much larger spectrum, which is popularly known as a CAPSULE WARDROBE. Promoting minimalism and sustainability, the idea is to keep a minimal amount of classic outfits and accessories and play around with those for different occasions. Coming to think of it, this trend has become a fine art of sorts, and we are metaphorically creating a treasure trove of happiness and peace of mind. The basic idea centers on the notion of infusing versatility and experimenting with different looks and styles. It’s about time to put those creative guns into some action and style up our sartorial game.
GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE- HOW THE CONCEPT OF ‘CAPSULE WARDROBE’ CAME INTO BEING?
This term was first coined by the boutique connoisseur, Susie Faux in the 1970s to outline ‘mix and match basics’. It was further hyped up by the ace designer, Donna Karan when she launched her capsule collection of mandatory, fashionable work-wear in 1980, which comprised of attires that one could not do without. They are those garbs that eternally return in style, and are adored across generations. Her eponymous collection, ‘Seven Easy Pieces’ came as a breath of fresh relief to most women, who were self admittedly struggling to put seamless outfits together. Back then, her capsule wardrobe guide included a black bodysuit, a dress, loose trousers, a white shirt, a skirt, and a cashmere sweater. Fashion-forward for her time, no one foresaw the major comeback this fad would make after all these years.
BENEFITS OF WARMING UP TO THE TREND OF CAPSULE WARDROBE
Living in the present times, when we are smacked in the middle of a pandemic, whilst normalcy is gradually being restored, this quarantine has been quite meditative for most of us questioning our lifestyle and consumption choices. With a decreased number of social gatherings and galas to dress up for, a large number of individuals are being stirred towards the direction of cultivating conscious fashion and buying practices, strictly editing and recycling their wardrobes.
Here’s an interesting observation- we think this period has proved to be extremely fruitful and a game-changer for digital influencers and fashion personalities. It has provided them with an invigorating impetus to truly live up to their craft and redefine their own personal collections. Fashion stalwarts such as Carol Humstoe and designer Amrita Thakur to restaurateur Navneet Randhawa, all unanimously agreed in an interview to discourage impulse buying, while investing in the statement and classic pieces, which are in accord with your own personal style and taste.
On a global level, another major implication of this rediscovered orientation is that it has made consumers more environment friendly, inclining them towards sustainable fashion choices. With a drop in consumerist practices and impulse buying behaviors, carbon footprints have started reducing. Boosting organic and home-grown brands has not only sky- rocketed their sales but also nurtured an ecologically sound attitude and purchase behaviors.
Rather than giving in to a short-term adrenaline rush of buying something new, people are now preferring the longstanding gratifying feeling of recycling and redesigning their wardrobes today.
HOW TO CUSTOMISE YOUR CAPSULE WARDROBE?
Our individualistic differences make us unique, and we must embrace them wholeheartedly. Keeping in mind your personal taste and aesthetic sensibilities, you can fabricate your capsule wardrobe keeping in mind the following:
1. Colour scheme: Decide on a couple of base colours that go with most other colours such as black, white, and grey. Items such as trousers, bags, and coats can find their mainstay here while experimenting minimally with the tops and t-shirts. Strike a balance to tickle a few of your flamboyant tendencies.
2. Consider your body shape and complexion: Take help from a stylist and go for outfits that flatter your silhouette and skin tone.
3. Choose classic and statement pieces of high-quality fabrics: They are the least likely to go out of fashion, and will ensure increased wearability for a longer time.
4. Seasonal v/s every day wear: It is a keystone to strike a balance between the two.
Artist mystic, Agnes Martin believes that we should look at our immediate world for clothing inspiration, and turn our “nothing to wear” into “wear it with everything”- this mindset is transformative.
OUR PICKS FOR A TYPICAL WARDROBE CAPSULE
Both women and men have certain requisites that should be incorporated according to our climatic conditions. Below are a few of our suggestions to include in your garment essentials.
Skinny/ Boyfriend and A-line trousers/denims
A white shirt (super important)
A pair of jeans
A black blazer
Little Black Dress and a pencil skirt
T-shirts/ Camisole/ Crop Tops
A floral or a sundress
A tie/ bow tie
A cashmere sweater
A pair of trousers
A pair of ballet flats/ heels (neutral shade)
A pair of smart and casual shoes
A tote bag/ clutch
A silk scarf and sunglasses
A knit scarf and sweater
This praxis is the need of the hour, currently. Apart from its external advantages, inherently too, it deep cleanses your mental health, debunks your surroundings, and widens your horizons too.
In conclusion, we’d like to leave you with Anne Klein’s quote: “Clothes are not going to change the world, the women who wear them will.” Focus on curating a strong, powerful wardrobe that is reflective of your personality and speaks volumes about your personal style.
Till we meet next,