South Australian Style Magazine : South Australian Style 28 Summer
32 SA STYLE summer 2O17 / investigate #capsule wardrobe / Learn how to take your cLoset from excessive to essentiaLs Capsule Wardrobe | noun | A small collection of 30 to 40 items including clothing, jewellery, shoes and accessories that one dresses from (and only from) for a 3-month seasonal period. words Megan Voo the cApsULe WA rdrobe i t’s payday and you’re dying to get to the shops. Toe tapping and impatient, you sneak a quick look at the latest AsOs deals in your lunch break. Do I need this? Ohhh that’s cute. The deals are so good you’re practically making money, right? A few minutes later and you’ve spent your entire pay cheque, even adding express shipping because... why not? Note to self: it’s baked beans on toast this week. Your massive delivery finally arrives and you eagerly try everything on. Uh oh... only a few things fit. You could return them but who has the time? so you hang them in your wardrobe because maybe you’ll wear them one day. But the reality is, they’ll never see the light of day. Introducing The Capsule Wardrobe. If you’re reading this you’re most likely a serial hoarder, full-time shopaholic or just a sucker for a good sale. Trust me, I used to be all of the above. That is, until I started my capsule wardrobe. What is a capsule wardrobe you ask? The Capsule Wardrobe was a term coined in the 70s by London boutique owner, susie Faux. It’s a single wardrobe that allows you to mix-and-match, creating outfits from a small, seasonally appropriate selection of garments. It contains only items considered essential, and from it you can create a wide range of outfits for every occasion. Caroline rector, author of fashion blog ‘unfancy’, documented her style journey to dress with only 37 pieces of clothing for a period of three months. After each season she swaps out a few items for something more seasonally appropriate. Yes, we’re talking no shopping for an entire three months. You could say it’s a retail addict’s worst nightmare. But with the birth of this new fashion challenge, many bloggers have been quick to spread the word. I know what you’re thinking: 30-something items for a whole season? How? Before we jump into the how, let’s start with the why. For starters, the ability to completely declutter, refresh, save money, space and time. With the rising ‘cool-factor’ on the minimalist aesthetic and the growing emphasis on quality over quantity in fashion, it’s no wonder the concept is quickly becoming a hot topic. the rise of minimaLism The idea of minimalism has existed in various cultures for some time, but minimalism in fashion and lifestyle has been on the rise in recent years. Looks like practicality is the new black! With rising unemployment, dormant wages and global financial uncertainty, people are forced to identify the difference between essential and non-essential purchases. Combine this with higher levels of social awareness, a dash of environmental concern and a shift in modern tastes, and we have the modern minimalist. minimalist blogs, e-books, podcasts and social media accounts now have their own special place on the internet and have paved the way for a new way of thinking: less is more. cUstomise yoUr coLLection minimalism is in the eye of the beholder. Put simply, the idea of the capsule wardrobe is to get you thinking about your purchases. suddenly it’s not a calculation of what you can live without, it’s what you can live with. some have found their magic number to be 37, 30 or even less. Yes, there are ‘rules’ but rules are made to be broken. Find what works for you and your closet is sure to reap the benefits. the magic of tidying Up In 2011 marie Kondo, a Japanese organising consultant, released her book ‘The Life Changing magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’ and it took the world by storm. In her book, Kondo outlines her philosophy to an organised life. Her approach to tidying is simple: get all your junk together and look at each individual item. Ask yourself if it sparks joy and if not; chuck it straight out. repeat with everything you own and what you’ll have left is a curated collection of items that all have a purpose. Organise them in a manner where everything is easy to see, reach, use and return. The result? You’ll never have to clean again. Kondo’s methods may not be for everyone but whether it’s learning her signature way of folding clothes, tackling your belongings by categories and not location, or just a little inspiration for a belated spring clean, many people have taken a thing or two away from her teachings.
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