Monday, November 30, 2015

Capsule Wardrobe

Almost a year ago I decided to devote myself to developing my personal style. Although I had always been interested in fashion, I never quite got it right when trying to dress the way I wanted. 

I realised recently that the issue with my style was that I never quite knew what kind of look I wanted to adhere too. As a result my stylistic visions were misdirected due to the incongruity of most items in my wardrobe.

It was during my French study abroad last year that I became increasingly unsatisfied with my sense of style. Intimidated by the effortless chicness of french women I tried fruitlessly to emulate them with out success. I didn't understand why I couldn't look like them, why style seemed so hard to attain. Coming home from my six months overseas, I still hadn't amassed my own personal sense of style and started yet another frustrated search to figure out how I wanted to dress. 

Fortunately, I found a blog called Into Mind which focuses on a minimalist approach to fashion that changed my wardrobe for the better. 

The website recommends that readers create a capsule wardrobe, a collection of around twenty to thirty pieces that represent the essence of your style and provide the framework of clothing for your wardrobe. Rather than having everything you own displayed in your wardrobe, the idea is to whittle your clothing collection down into the core pieces that you couldn't function without. 

The concept of a capsule wardrobe makes getting dressed much easier and less anxiety inducing as there is less to choose from. It also allows you to see, quite clearly, what clothes you naturally gravitate towards, and thus, the essence of your own personal style. Only your favourite pieces are displayed and instead of an excessive collection of clothes that you don't wear or that no longer match with the bulk of your wardrobe, there is a focus on minimising and building the foundations. 

As a result of adhering to this concept, I put out of sight a lot of items I no longer wore, realised I was lacking quite a few basics, what my favourite colour scheme was (navy, burgundy and black) and that I favoured vintage clothing over new. 

I complied a list of about ten items for the capsule wardrobe that I over time purchased, realising that money is an important concept when curating a new and improved wardrobe (unfortunately). Although this really depends on your own personal expectations when coming to the cost of items, which you will need to work out. 

It took some effort and thought but I now dress so much more confidently and enjoy putting outfits together because I took the time to curate a wardrobe that reflects my own personal style. It's nowhere near complete, but every so often when somebody calls me stylish or says I have good taste, I thank the capsule wardrobe.