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The Capsule Wardrobe

Do you ever dread picking out what you’re going to wear for the day? It’s not that you don’t have enough clothes, it’s not that you don’t have clothes that you like, you can’t figure out what you want to wear. And you’re not alone! A study by relocation and removals company Movinga of 18,000 heads of households in 20 countries revealed that people often do not wear even 50% of the clothing they own! In a time where many people are looking at their carbon footprint and considering a more minimalist lifestyle, capsule wardrobes might be just the thing to help morning routines go more smoothly.

A Capsule Wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.

Recently, National Home residents attended an Introduction to Capsule Wardrobes event, highlighting the benefits of this style of wardrobe, like packing lighter for travel, putting together outfits easier, saving money, and taking up less space in your closet. They learned several different ways to put together a Capsule Wardrobe such as the 4X4 wardrobe, popularized by Vivienne Files, a personal style blog.

A 4×4 wardrobe, pictured to the right, is a 16-piece group of clothes chosen four pieces at a time, in complementary colors and patterns. The 4×4 wardrobe is just one example of many different tactics for creating your very own Capsule Wardrobe. Capsule Wardrobes can be tailored to any specific activity or season. Still, the first step, as organizing consultant Marie Kondo will tell you, is by cleaning out your closets and drawers and analyzing what you have! After the presentation, National Home residents went on a “shopping spree” in our donated goods bank with the goal of creating their very own Capsule Wardrobe. They were tasked with finding three bottoms, four tops, and two jackets. To the left, you can see some examples of the wardrobes they came up with.

This was a fun challenge, and the residents were excited to take what they had learned back home and look at their clothes in a whole new light.

We look forward to having more events like these to help teach new skills to our residents to help them organize and de-stress their lives. List of resources: Cladwell Ebook – Wendy Mak – Live More with Less (Project 333) – Vivienne Files – Jen Thoden (color analysis) – Concept Wardrobe – Marie Kondo – “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

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