So, if you're out and about on the internet (as I am most days), you've probably seen the term "capsule wardrobe" tossed around quite a bit. Everyone from The Every Girl to Huffington Post to even Business Insider has been raving about minimalistic aspects of having (GASSSSPPPP!!! PEARL CLUTCH!!!) 12-37 pieces of clothing.
I've never seen anyone really land on an exact number that defines a "capsule wardrobe", but while reading all these articles that were popping up next to pictures of smiley fashionistas and their 37 pieces of clothing (that were apparently rotated out with the seasons, so I'm guessing the entire wardrobe was more like 148 pieces of clothing)....I came to a startling conclusion:
I AM AN INNOVATOR! I AM AHEAD OF MY TIME!
DANGIT, I'M IN FASHION
See, I've had myself one of these new fangled "capsule wardrobes" for YEARS. Hell, I don't even rotate stuff out really....so much as I cuff, layer, or wear until it falls apart. I never knew how utterly cool I was!
For real though, a capsule wardrobe is not really a "new thing" for folks who have never really been into clothing, shopping for clothing, style, or spending money on fashion. Most of us frugal non-fashion-folks have always had capsule wardrobes. Apparently none of us were smart enough to slap a name on the idea and monetize it :)
For a long time I've been about keeping around as much clothing as I've liked wearing, that fit me, that served a purpose, or that I didn't have to think about much when I got dressed in the morning. The great thing about going with this line of thinking is it simplifies your daily routine so you can get started on other things that matter. I never worry much about OMGWHATAMIGONNAWEAR because I don't have much to choose from in the first place....and most of what I do have is black or some variation there of.
Easy peasy! On to the next task!
Seeing a whole closet stuffed with clothing would send me into a panic these days. I wouldn't be able to think straight....especially if I started mentally tallying up the cost of those things. It's just not that important to me, in the long run. It's part of the minimizing stress by minimizing stuff.
So here's MY capsule wardrobe picks. Definitely not high fashion or high priced by any means, but they get me through. Every once in a GREAT while, someone will purchase clothing for me and it'll get thrown in the mix (for example: I just got 2 nice new "work" shirts from my parents for my birthday! Black and grey....they know me well).
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So there you have it.....my capsule wardrobe....in a nutshell. I own a few black dresses and stuff to wear to funerals or special events or whatever....but day in and day out this is pretty much what you'll find me in.
My parents and others buy me clothes every holiday....probably in the hopes that I'll stop dressing like a wacked ninja and introduce some color or something. But, at the end of the day, my wardrobe isn't really what defines me. I don't want to have to think about it too much.
Simplify is the name of the game!