I found myself asking this question after seeing a few advertisements and posts promoting Capsule Wardrobes. The quick answer is: they are simply wardrobes that are made up of a minimal amount of pieces. The term was coined by Susie Faux in the 1970s. Ms. Faux wrote in her blog, Confidence Tricks, "the principle is that less is more so really what you’re trying to do is to make the most of your budget to create a working wardrobe with high quality clothes that will be sufficient for your lifestyle" (June 2010). For a bit of perspective, Kelly Dougher's article is also a good read: "You're doing the 'capsule wardrobe' all wrong," (Fashion, Sept. 2015).
The idea of a capsule wardrobe is appealing for many because I think we can all understand the feeling of simply having too much stuff in our home, and the ensuing stress caused by having so much clutter. The more stuff we have, the more crowded our homes, and the more work it is to organize things. On the other hand, when we minimize, our homes are effortlessly cleaner, and this helps promote a feeling of calmness and satisfaction. Valuing a more minimal wardrobes also encourages us to shop less often, which in turn saves us both time and money.
The clothes chosen for a capsule wardrobe should be high quality, classic in style, and versatile. These features will allow a few simple pieces to be mixed and matched, worn rather often, and to last a long time. I would add that they should also be flattering, and something you will want to wear often - otherwise, what's the point?
Although I was not familiar with the term, "capsule wardrobe" at the time, when I set out to create the signature dresses for Dress Purely, these qualities were exactly what I had in mind. The dresses from Dress Purely are everything you could wish for in your capsule wardrobe:
Dress Purely's signature line of dresses really go above and beyond the current capsule wardrobe advice, and back to Susie Faux's wise guidance. That is, creating a capsule wardrobe that will take you throughout the year, and even year to year, whereas much of the current capsule wardrobe advice is for a separate capsule wardrobe for each season. That adds up to a lot of clothes!
You can read my previous blog post to learn more about how Dress Purely dresses also help create an Easy and Affordable Before During and After Pregnancy Wardrobe. If you like the idea of capsule wardrobes, and if you are expecting, you will definitely want to check that article out. The article, "4 Secrets for an Easy and Affordable Before During and After Pregnancy Wardrobe," takes things to an ultra-minimalist level by focusing on clothes that can be worn not only during pregnancy, but also postpartum/during breastfeeding, and ideally, pieces that you will want to wear even longer than that.
You can check out these essential dresses at the Dress Purely Store Front, or on Amazon (sleeveless here), Amazon (short sleeved here).
This blog is by Dress Purely's Owner and Founder. It is by a busy mama, for busy mamas. Dress Purely was started by a busy lady who liked the idea of looking beautiful and feeling comfortable without having to spend a lot of time on it. She thought other women probably wanted these things too. In between taking care of her three-year-old daughter and her new baby boy, Dress Purely was born.