This concept has been around for a while now with many people discovering its benefits. Spending less money on clothing, needing less space in the closet and always knowing that there is something to wear that fits! Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique ”Wardrobe”, coined this term in the 1970s.
It describes a compact wardrobe system with a set of mix-and-match items that can be worn interchangeably with additions of jewellery & accessories to create a variety of outfits.
I will admit this is still a fantasy to me and even if the thought of implementing this into your everyday life doesn’t appeal to you it can be an incredibly useful concept in travelling for obvious reasons!
Caroline from Unfancy, who has adopted this philosophy into her everyday life for several years, recommends 37 wardrobe items.
She says, “Why 37? After trying out different numbers, I settled on 37 because of how it broke down in each category. For example, I knew I wanted 9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, and 15 tops. Then the remaining 4 were just enough for 2 dresses and 2 jackets/coats. To me it feels generous yet minimal. And honestly? The point of this is just to try something new if we don’t like our current closet situation — it’s not about getting obsessed with a number. If 37 isn’t your thing, find a number that’s right for you.”
Of course, depending on the length of travel, 37 items is still quite a lot for most people while they’re travelling.
Take this concept and downsize it! A simple example would be to take your favourite pair of jeans and pack three different types of tops that match; a tank top, a t-shirt and a button down shirt for those lovely, and maybe fancy, dinners out. Three different outfits for three days of your travels, throw in some accessories and it you’ve got a completely new look for each day.
To keep your jeans fresh for each day, place them in the fridge or freezer kill off the bacteria and smells.
Making mistakes is all a part of perfecting the process. The first few times you will likely either pack too much (old habits, huh!) or intentionally decide not to take something you end up wishing you had. But before too long it becomes an instinct and making these mistakes is the only way to learn what works for you.
So why not give it a go - let us know what your magic number is and how you’ve implemented the Capsule Wardrobe into your life.