Capsule Closet: All Hype or Useful Tool?
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I know capsule closets have been a huge trend the past few years. I have toyed around with the idea of going to one full time myself, the never ending battle of "I have a million things but not one outfit to wear" gets to all of us at one point or another!
I finally got my chance to try my hand at creating a capsule closet for real when we moved out to California. We stayed in corporate housing for the first month while we looked for our new apartment, which was great, but the caveat was that we would need to live out of our suitcases for a month before our stuff from home was delivered. I had one large suitcase in which to fit all my stuff for the whole month (and I was interviewing at the time, so work/interviewing clothes, home clothes and going out clothes were needed).
Now, if you know me, you know I like a challenge! When I sat down to pack I thought of it like a mini styling exercise: how well can I style myself for a month of unknown activities?
The first step: picking a color scheme. This is crucial when you only have few choices each day, the more you can mix and match the more outfits you end up with. For my capsule closet color scheme (say that five times fast, haha) I went with black, grey, white, denim/blue, olive and maroon. I packed some stripes/polka dots using only those colors to keep it simple but add some pattern as well.
The second step: after deciding on a color scheme I went through my clothes and only pulled stuff that would fit within it and from there I paired the list down further. The below is what I was left with:
Black: 1 tank top for layering, 1 wool 1/4 zip for outdoorsy stuff, 1 open front cardigan, 1 cropped polka dot sweater, 1 leather jacket, 1 satin bomber with flower embroidery, 1 North Face coat, 2 pair of athletic leggings, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of Birkenstock sandals, 1 pair of black sneakers, 1 pair of chunky heels
Grey: 1 cropped striped tee, 1 striped short sleeve button down blouse, 1 long sleeve tee, 1 pair of sweat-shorts (my only "sweats"!)
White: 1 button front shawl sweater, 1 long sleeve eyelet blouse, 1 pair of cropped jeans, 1 pair of low top Chuck Taylors
Blue/Denim: 1 long sleeve polka dot chambray button down, 1 striped off-the-shoulder blouse, 1 striped sundress, 1 long sleeve shirtdress, 1 pair of straight, light wash jeans with destroy, 1 pair of dark wash skinny jeans, 1 pair of denim shorts
Olive: 1 cropped tank, 1 pair of wide legged cropped pants, 1 pair of pointy toe flats
Maroon: 1 striped long sleeve henley, 1 cowl neck sweater, 1 silk sleeveless dress, 1 pair of trousers, 1 pair of strappy sandals
A grand total of 30 pieces of clothing and 6 pairs of shoes!
I'm proud to report that this selection was pretty perfect for the most part. The weather here in San Francisco is very mild, it's in the 60-70s everyday but we do get some pretty brisk wind off the bay some days depending on where you are in the city. I am super glad I packed some heavier layers even though it was summer as I did need those in the evenings more than I expected!
If you are considering trying a capsule closet and you have similar weather where you live, try copying a few of my picks as a jumping off point and adjust as needed to meet your lifestyle requirements! If you have already done a capsule closet let me know in the comments below and how it went for you!