On one of my late night Pinterest searches, I came across what is called a capsule wardrobe.
The idea here is to create a wardrobe containing basic pieces that can be mixed and matched together to create outfits that capture your style.
Upon further investigation, I found a subcategory of capsule wardrobes called the French Minimalist Capsule wardrobe. This style of closet is based on finding quality basics with neutral colors and then buying a maximum of five seasonal pieces each season.
In France, it is hard to find flats with a lot of closet space, so French women often wear classic pieces and don’t have a huge selection. However, this is not only ideal for saving space, but for saving time. Studies show that women only wear about 20% of what is in their closet at any given time. By condensing what you own, and having a selection of clothes that can be thrown together and still look chic will also save you time getting dressed in the morning.
Here are the general rules to the French Minimalist Challenge that I will follow when creating my wardrobe:
- Underwear and bras do not count
- Accessories do not count
- You may buy up to 5 seasonal pieces to add to your basics
Here is a list of basics that I will be using to guide my wardrobe: (basics seem to vary from closet to closet, so these are the ones I think will complement my style best)
SO since I literally travel and move back and forth internationally so often, having a condensed closet with options is seriously important to me. Last time I moved, I paid to take 3 suitcases of clothes with me, and I didn’t even wear most of it.
My goals with creating a French Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe are:
- Have a closet with pieces I love and would wear anytime
- Condense what I own, but still feel like I look chic and have options
- Get rid of clothes that I am hording with no good reason to (this one is going to be particularly hard for me)
- Have a closet full of clothes that I feel confident in
It is going to be very hard for me to keep to the basics list and stay within the allotted amount of items. I am a serious shopahollic and I love getting new pieces. So restricting myself to these pieces is going to be my main challenge.
My other challenge is going to be in the cleaning stage. I get very attached to my clothing, even if I haven’t worn it in years. So I will need to adopt a cut throat attitude towards my closet. I just need to be reminded that purging, while maybe painful, will help me to reduce my closet and will make moving easier.
I have set a budget to rebuild by wardrobe at 1000 dollars. And I have built a colour palate to guide my wardrobe: