You’ve likely heard of the concept of a capsule closet, and while I believe it’s more fun to wear everything in your closet rather than compartmentalizing, a capsule closet is a great first step to editing down your closet and learning to get creative with what you already have.
Here’s why this helps:
Exercise your creativity muscle: There’s nothing like limitations to boost your creativity. A capsule closet is a fun exercise in discovering the versatility in pieces you only thought to wear one way.
Less decision stress: Because of the intentionality behind a capsule, all of your pieces will work together and can be mixed and matched, resulting in fewer stressful mornings without an idea of what to wear.
Identify the gaps and redundancies in your closet: By limiting your selection to a few key basics, you’ll slowly learn what items you actually are missing - from a pragmatic and less panic-stricken perspective.
A more focused shopping list: Once you’ve figured out the redundancies and gaps, you can approach shopping with a more intentional mindset and actually stick with your shopping list.
Less mindless consumption: Now that you have a more conscious mindset and a toolkit of creativity, I truly believe you will find yourself shopping less and reducing your consumption (at least when it comes to your closet!). No matter how many eco brands exist, it's important to remember that the most sustainable closet is the one you already have.
A couple of pointers:
If you’re not sure where to start, you can tune into my live webinar which I’ll be doing with Encircled on February 15th (stay tuned on IG for more details), or you could check out this video by Audrey Coyne which is a great example on how to build a capsule.
Depending on how big you want your capsule to be, choose to test it out for a week, the month, or a weekend trip - whatever suits you best. The point is to get inspired, not frustrated.