What do Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Barrack Obama, Karl Lagerfeld and Mark Zuckerburg have in common?
They all have a uniform.
Albert Einstein was known for having owned several versions of the same grey suit, we all know the signature turtleneck look of Steve Jobs, Barrack Obama is always seen in a blue or gray suit (with one exception), Karl Lagerfeld’s statement suit and Mark Zuckerberg owns about 20 identical grey T-shirts. And although these are all men (gender issues aside), I recently bumped into this article of art director Matilda Kahl who wears the same uniform to work for three years now.
The idea behind this is nicely explained by president Obama, who stated that “I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make”. This is not an idea that is plucked out of the air. It is scientifically proven that every decision you make, takes energy*. Matilda Kahl explains this when she said that she was already feeling stressed because of the morning-clothing-hurricane and the day hasn’t even started yet!
Nevertheless, I don’t aim to have a uniform as I also really much enjoy getting ready for the day. However, I would love to have a more coherent wardrobe which causes me less stress in the morning and is filled with items that I love. That’s when I came across the concept of the capsule wardrobe on the blog Into Mind.
So, what is a capsule wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is a curated mini wardrobe made up of versatile pieces that you wear for an entire season. The idea is to minimize your wardrobe with pieces that you truly love to wear and tuck everything else away. The number of items per wardrobe is not fixed, but is usually somewhere between 30 and 40. Worth mentioning is that you don’t buy everything new each season, but each capsule wardrobe is pieced together from (1) pieces that you already own but that are in storage at the moment, (2) pieces from last seasons capsule, and (3) new pieces. Caroline of the blog Unfancy really nicely describes the capsule wardrobe: “To me, a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear / less time spent shopping / less time doing laundry or caring for clothes) more money for our dreams + helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness.”
How are you going to create a capsule wardrobe? I already had thrown away five huge bags of clothes after reading Marie Kondo so for me it is not so much downgrading my wardrobe, but more a matter of finding my style and pieces that I truly love. My first capsule will be the Winter 2016 (21st of December – 21st of March), however I will start a little bit later. Michiel and I will move in together on the 1st of February so that will take up a lot of time and money, which leaves me with a rather small budget. So I am waiting for the sale in Januari and will start after that! But beforehand there is also a lot to do. So far, I have created a Pinterest inspiration board, looked for my color scheme and decided on my ‘five words’ describing my style. What I’ve read so far is that the first go is more or less a learning experience – good and bad – so I’m very excited to see how it works out for me. I will tell you more about my process in another blogpost.
* If you’re interested in how decisions influence our willpower (and how we can train this), this is a helpful book.
** Some great capsule wardrobes to get inspired: Caroline, Anna, Charlotte, Coco & Anuschka
So, how do you feel about the capsule wardrobe? Are you going to give it a go?