Happy Monday! It’s capsule week here at Unfancy, and to say I’m excited would be an understatement!
I haven’t posted a capsule in over two years you guys — that’s just plain nuts. But, during those two years, I’ve been letting the whole concept melt into something a little less intense, a little more heart-led. So I’m excited to start talking capsules again — from a new place this time.
This week is going to be fun: Tomorrow, I’ll show you my spring capsule-ish wardrobe. On Thursday, you’ll get a tour of my closet and how I organize my clothes (SO excited about that one!). Finally, on Friday we’ll tackle some Q+A like how to plan a capsule when the weather is up, down, and all over the place.
But back to today! Since it’s been a while, who’s up for a quick refresh? We’ll hit just highlights:
- What is a capsule?
- Three general guidelines
- What are the benefits? (AKA Why I still capsule after all these years)
- 2014 to 2017: How my approach has changed
- How to start a capsule yourself
It sounds like a ton of stuff, but this’ll be quick, I promise.
WHAT IS A CAPSULE?
In short? It’s a practice of editing your wardrobe down to your favorite clothes (clothes that fit your lifestyle + body right now), remixing them regularly, and shopping less often and more intentionally.
THE THREE GENERAL GUIDELINES
01 : Free yourself of clothes that aren’t serving you.
Let go of clothes that no longer fit, clothes that no longer work for your lifestyle, and items with other shortcomings. Either pass them on to someone who can use them or, if they’re nostalgic or seasonal, store them.
02: Reserve your closet space for your favorite clothes.
And make sure they fit your lifestyle, body, and the current weather/season. When a new season rolls in and the weather changes, reassess your wardrobe, pulling a few pieces into and out of storage.
03: Shop less often + more intentionally.
When you do shop, look for well-made, long-lasting pieces that bring you joy.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
There are plenty of benefits, like ditching a shopping habit, spending smarter, and deciding what to wear in less time. But here are my 3 favs (AKA the reason I still capsule):
01 | Less clutter, more calm.
To me, capsuling is like a yoga practice — it brings a calm + peace into my life that spreads into other areas, like my home and the way I spend my time.
02 | Less options, more creativity.
Keeping a capsule is a powerful reminder that I can do more than I think I can with less. It’s helping me hone my styling + remixing skills.
03 | More fun, more fun!
This one might be the most important. I capsule because I like it — it’s fun!
2014 to 2017: HOW MY APPROACH HAS CHANGED
I started capsuling in 2014, and since then, I’ve evolved my capsule philosophy a bit.
It used to be more about rules, but now it’s about intentionality. It used to be about minimalism, but now it’s about mindfulness and moderation. I used to limit my closet to a specific number, but now I go with what feels right. I used to get caught up on having a perfect, “finished” wardrobe, but now I celebrate that it’s a dynamic, ever-evolving work in progress. I used to do a capsule to curb my shopping habit, but now I just do it for fun.
Intentionality. Mindfulness. Moderation. Ever-evolving. Fun. Yep, that’s my approach now.
I still keep a small collection of my favorite clothes in my closet, and I reassess them regularly. But in general, it’s just less intense and more heart-led.
Take a look at my journey:
HOW TO START A CAPSULE
Want a clearly defined, step by step approach? Start by reading this post and using this printable wardrobe planner. I used this approach my first year of capsuling. It’s rule-oriented and intense, but I had a shopping problem back then and I needed some structure to get it under control. The good news? It worked!
If you’d like a more open ended approach start by following the three guidelines above and use this one-page worksheet to guide you. Then, adjust, tweak, and make it your own!
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There’s really no right or wrong way to do a capsule. I’m evidence of that — I’ve changed my approach so much over the years. And that’s the beauty of it. It’s an idea that can be tailored to any lifestyle, any preference.
It’s not about rules or numbers or having the smallest closet out of all of your friends. It’s about trying something new, having fun, and being open to a different way of thinking about your stuff.
So what do you think? Are you trying a capsule for the first time? I’d love to hear why you’re trying it + what you’re hoping to get out of it. Are you a seasoned pro? I’d love to hear how you make it work for you. Share away in the comments.
See you tomorrow — I’ll be showing you my spring capsule-ish wardrobe. Can’t wait, can’t wait!