Closets are never big enough, are they? If there's one complaint I hear from friends and clients alike, it's that they don't have enough clothing storage. Ironically, we're often happier with fewer options in this area of our lives, and smaller wardrobes, carefully curated and neatly organized, can make us feel happier and more creative. Intrigued? Read on for three ideas for achieving wardrobe perfection.
THE CAPSULE WARDROBE
Capsules are majorly trending these days, so you might have heard of this approach to dressing. Simply put, a "capsule" is a collection of carefully selected items that work together to meet your style needs for a given period of time.
A capsule can be for any length of time (having one per season seems to be popular), and include any number of items— it's up to you. Some users include items like accessories in their total, and some don't. Most don't include wardrobe basics like underwear or workout clothes, or special-occasion wear. At the end of a season, capsules can be abruptly switched out (off-season clothing is usually in storage elsewhere), or items can gradually be subbed in, depending on the weather and your needs.
Users of capsule wardrobes find that they give enough wardrobe flexibility to still have fun with fashion, while reining in spending and those "what to wear" moments. They're also great because once you've created a capsule, you're done— just relax and enjoy having a wardrobe that works.
Fashion blogger Caroline of the popular blog Unfancy, perhaps puts it best: "A capsule wardrobe represents more time, more money and more energy for the things in life that really matter."
THE FRENCH WARDROBE
I'm not sure where this concept originated (please chime in if you know!) but I've been reading about TFW since my days at fashion school, so it officially qualifies as middle-aged in fashion years.
The concept is based on having a core of dependable, classic basics, and expanding your wardrobe by buying no more than five new pieces each season(there being two fashion seasons in a year: fall/winter and spring/summer). The idea is that your style evolves slowly and intentionally, with less money wasted on items that don't contribute to your stylistic goals.
I'm not sure how "French" this idea really is (certainly my Parisian friend loves to shop and would raise a well-groomed eyebrow at the moniker), but it's another way of making sure wardrobe purchases are strategic and intentional, and particularly good for those who like to budget purchases ahead of time.
ONE IN, ONE OUT
This is perhaps the simplest strategy, as it only has one rule. You guessed it: for every item that goes into your wardrobe, something has to come out. Best suited to those whose wardrobes are already at a manageable size (ie, large enough to function and give variety, and small enough to fit into the available storage space), it's great for wardrobe maintenance, in terms of style and space. This method is also particularly effective at curbing impulse shopping, as you have to ask yourself "If I buy this, what am I willing to get rid of?"