5 Myths & Misconceptions About Starting a Capsule Wardrobe

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I started this blog and called it Serial Outfit Repeater for my love of simple, classic looks. Slowly over the years, I’ve been paring down my closet more and more in the hopes of achieving a capsule wardrobe. Simplicity entices me, and keeps my mind clutter-free, so I attempt to simplify and streamline my life in as many areas as possible.

For those unaware, a capsule wardrobe is one that consists of as few pieces as possible. These pieces are usually kept low-key and classic, share a similar palette, and are made easy to mix-and-match. It’s a great option for those who prefer simplicity and like to limit their options so as not to stress about what to wear. Plus, the lack of cycling through fast fashion trends is much more environmentally conscious.

Next month, I’m moving into a new apartment with a closet 1/3 the size of what I have now. Thus, the pressure to shrink my wardrobe has intensified. I’ve been learning a lot about how to properly curate a capsule wardrobe (I’ll save that how-to for a future blog post), and have run into some misconceptions along the way about what it actually entails. I wanted to cover the five biggest myths, below, about having a capsule wardrobe today in case you were on the fence about doing so yourself.

Capsule wardrobes are boring.

I quote Dwight K. Schrute: False. Your own capsule wardrobe can and should be unique to your personal style. Having your wardrobe perfectly align with your style preferences is more exciting than anything.

I can’t have a capsule wardrobe – I love all of the clothes in my huge closet!

Hey, if you love all of your clothes, and you wear all of them, there’s no reason why you need to get rid of them. A good rule to test if you truly wear your clothes – hang all of your clothes with the opening of the hanger facing out. When you take something out and replace it, hang it normally (facing in). After a few months, see what hasn’t been worn, and you’ll know those pieces will need purging.

You’re not supposed to shop when you have a capsule wardrobe.

If you’re the type of person that needs a new top for going out every weekend, you will be shopping less. But for the most part, shopping is not excluded from those with capsules. Shopping will be done more carefully and mindfully, which can be rewarding, as you know that you’ll be getting exactly what you like and need. And all of the money you’ll save from buying throwaway pieces can go towards one luxe item that you’ll have for a long time.

Starting a capsule wardrobe is expensive – you have to buy high-quality, luxury pieces to ensure they will last for years.

Any savvy shopper knows that high quality doesn’t have to mean expensive. I have a pair of leather Vans I got for about $60 a few years back which I wear about 3 times a week, and will continue to do so for a long time to come. Plus, you probably already have most of the contents of your perfect capsule already in your overstuffed closet.

If I start a capsule wardrobe, I’ll have to get rid of all these clothes I don’t wear. That’s wasteful.

While it is true that throwing clothes in a donation bin doesn’t help anyone (watch the ‘Adam Ruins Everything’ episode), there are other ways to recycle clothing. Find a younger sibling or cousin or coworker’s child who might be interested in taking the clothes. For anything unworn or barely worn, take them to your local consignment shop, Plato’s Closet, or start a Poshmark account to make a little extra cash too.

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