Capsule Wardrobes

Laura Camilleri | 15 September 2020


Do you remember the Kondo effect? It feels like a lifetime ago when Marie Kondo took the world by storm with her decluttering empire. She showed us how easy it is to live a simpler life by removing unnecessary items from our day to day. Capsule wardrobes follow this ideology of less is more.

Quickest ever history of capsule wardrobes:

The term capsule wardrobe came about in the 1970’s by Suzie Faux owner of the London boutique ‘Wardrobe’, then was popularised by Donna Karen (of DKNY clothing) in the 1980’s.

Bet you thought it was some new millennial phrase like smashed avo? In recent years the term has been back in the spotlight as people become more conscious about how and what they buy.

But what actually is it I hear you say…

You could classify capsule wardrobes as a collection of essential items, basics, your ‘go-to’s,’ that don’t go out of fashion. They are versatile, high quality and can be worn multiple ways year round! There is no set rule as to how many items you should have in your collection, it varies person to person. It could be as little as 10 or closer to the 50 mark. This includes everything, shoes, swimwear, accessories. Freaking out yet? Let me give you an example.

Instead of owning four pairs of slightly different blue jeans, have one favourite. A pair that could be worn to Friday night drinks or your nieces 4th birthday.

The point of this minimalist wardrobe is to discover your style. Style doesn’t go out of fashion, it is timeless. On the other hand, fashion by nature grows old.

Minimalist wardrobe image

Points for your pros list:

1. Saves you mullah.

2. Frees up space in your wardrobe.

3. Less time spent deciding what to wear (goodbye anxiety).

4. No such thing as out-of-season clothes.

5. Quality over quantity = less time clearing out worn clothes.

6. Lessen your environmental footprint.

Are you a sucker for an end of season sale?

I’d be an absolute liar if I said I wasn’t. I love a bargain and will often wait till the end of a season to shop. However, these sales are just a clever ploy designed to exploit our desire for immediate gratification.

When I think back to the sale items I have bought they were so cheap that I wasn’t worried if they didn’t fit quite right. It was $20, who cares? Meanwhile, they sit in my wardrobe until I do a clean out, tags still attached, waiting to be worn. But they won’t be, they didn’t fit!

Now I ask myself come sale time, “Would I be willing to buy this full price?”. It’s a voice I can’t get out of my head!

I’m not saying this will suit everyone, but removing unnecessary buying will have a plethora of positive impacts (read more about the impact of Fast Fashion).

If you need more convincing I will leave you with this, “Australian’s are currently disposing 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes” (ABC’s War of Waste).

Mic drop.

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