I never believed that it was even possible to be so satisfied with a tiny wardrobe. There are times throughout the season where something may need replacing, yet I am gaining more confidence with my style choices by focusing on fewer items. I’ve also become very specific about what I buy and when. Here are five reasons why having a smaller wardrobe works wonderfully for me.
1. I’ve Learned My Personal Style
Since I began creating a cohesive small wardrobe while limiting the amount of items, I have really had to focus on what my personal style is. Many of the pieces that I choose are quality basics with a unique structure that work well with each other. I prefer my clothing to appear very well put together while not overshadowing who I am. I use styling along with the accessories I choose to make it all come together.
2. Ease Getting Dressed Everyday
For the most part choosing what to wear is extremely simple since I have few choices. Yet I still have moments where I am not clear what I am in the mood to wear. With proper planning initially assembling the current seasons capsule wardrobe, those indecisive moments are few and far in between.
3. Less Laundry
When you don’t have a lot of clothing you obviously won’t have a ton of laundry to do. My personal laundry is usually one load a week which includes linens. Mesh laundry bags are extremely helpful in keeping key pieces nice. I also soak a few white clothing items separately in a non-toxic peroxide based bleach in a tiny plastic tub. Only a few pieces are taken to the eco dry cleaners. Overall I’ve cut down extra work by having less to maintain.
4. Quality versus Quantity
One way to truly enjoy a smaller wardrobe is to purchase high quality pieces that you adore and have longevity. When you are not buying ten $15 trendy disposable clothing items, you can instead purchase a quality $150 dress, jacket, or pair of shoes that you will really love and will last for a very long time, not just a season. Many times we think that we can not afford the more expensive items that we really like and settle for less.
With a bit more planning, saving, and discipline we actually can afford high quality pieces. Putting thought into your wardrobe is rewarding, and makes 50% off minuscule unless you absolutely love it. There is also the option of shopping consignment shops for quality pieces at a very affordable price. Shopping consignment takes a lot of patience, but it can be well worth it if you are on a tight budget.
5. Sales Don’t Control You
Along with having a very specific tiny wardrobe comes an immunity to sales in general. There is absolutely nothing wrong with shopping sales. A good sale is amazing if you find exactly what you were looking for. Yet there is something to say about purchasing clothing or any accessory that is not in a flattering color or fit, nor goes with anything else in your current wardrobe just because it is on sale.
I used to buy tons of random sale items. Most of those pieces just cluttered my closet. If I had more clarity on what colors looked best on me, what I needed in my wardrobe, and what would really become a true favorite, I could have saved myself a lot of money. I wish I had known more about creating capsule wardrobes years ago, but c’est la vie! I’m just happy that I do now!
To learn more about how to create your own small cohesive wardrobe for the upcoming season read Creating The Capsule Wardrobe Easily. You can see specific examples of my tiny wardrobe here, as well as find more inspiration on the capsule wardrobe here.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)