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Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the concept of the wardrobe capsule.  I know it’s nothing new by any means but for some reason, my time to pay attention to this has come.  It goes perfectly well with the minimalist trend we have been experiencing in recent years.  I love that!

Much has been said and written about the wardrobe capsule lately.  There are capsule examples for every possible age, gender, color palette and season.  Just go on Pinterest and you’ll never run out of ideas and options.

The term “capsule wardrobe” was developed by Susie Faux, owner of the British boutique “Wardrobe” in the 1970s.  It referred to a collection of high-quality essential items of clothing that would not go out of fashion, and therefore could be worn for multiple seasons. The aim was to update this collection with seasonal pieces to provide something to wear for any occasion without buying many new items of clothing.

According to Susie Faux, a woman’s wardrobe capsule should typically contain at least 2 pairs of trousers, a dress or a skirt, a jacket, a coat, a knit cardigan, two pairs of shoes and two bags. This concept allows you to always be in style, uncomplicates your morning routine, and saves you money in the long run. Since the pieces contained in the capsule are supposed to be of higher quality, they might be more expensive, but they are not going out of style and they last much longer.

The concept of a capsule wardrobe was made popular by American designer Donna Karan in 1985 when she released her “7 Easy Pieces” collection.

These days, the capsule idea has deviated from the original concept; some say due to the rampant consumerism that we live in.  Instead of limiting the collection to 7-11 items, modern capsules establish the limit more like 30 items (including shoes, handbags, and accessories).  Still, it is a wonderful improvement (or sacrifice, shall I say) from the two or three closets full of clothes many women own these days.

What I like the most about the concept is how it gets our creative juices flowing.  You need to get inventive to come up with different combinations and develop outfits with a limited number of clothing pieces.   For some, this is a real problem.  For others, this is just what they need.  Others might even discover a side they did not know about themselves!

I have a little suggestion that can help precisely when it comes to creating different combinations of clothing pieces.  A couple of years ago I discovered an app called Stylebook.  Again, nothing new but super fun still. Go to http://www.stylebookapp.com/. It really does bring your closet to life with its many applications.  It does take some prework in the beginning, but even that part is enjoyable.  You’ll have to photograph your wardrobe pieces (including accessories) but it will yield images that make your clothing look like magazine stuff.  And if you’re using the capsule concept, the amount of clothing to be photographed will be minimal anyway – another advantage of the capsule, see? Once that part of the process is completed, have fun with this app.  Then let us know how it goes!!