What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?
A Capsule closet is a small collection of timeless clothes that fit you and your lifestyle. There does not have to be ten items; there does not have to be thirty-three. You choose how many to have. No one size fits all. It is not about restricting yourself, quite the opposite; it is about finding the perfect balance. So many of us think more options make things easier, but in a lot of cases, they don’t. The same goes for restricting your wardrobe down to a certain number because it works for someone else, it usually doesn’t work.
A capsule collection should be the perfect number and choice of items that work for you and you only. Factors to consider are your style preferences, colours, styles that suit your body shape and your practical lifestyle needs. For more info on getting started with a capsule wardrobe see this post.
How Can A Capsule Closet reduce stress?
Believe it or not, clutter is emotionally stressful. It has been scientifically proven. In 2012, researchers at Yale School Of medicine discovered that two parts of your brain, the Cingulate Cortex and the Insula which regulate pain and conflict, are stimulated when you let go of possessions that you are emotionally attached to. The more significant the emotional connection, the stronger the pain felt.
Clutter can be material, mental or digital. The more you own, the more responsible you feel for all of those items and consequently, the greater the fear of losing them. Another study concluded that people who were surrounded by clutter found it harder to concentrate.
Ultimately, building a capsule closet can help you focus on what you need and love rather than using clothes to cover up unhappiness or insecurities. If that has been you to date, do not worry, you are not alone. You can start to make changes here and now.
How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe
So you have decided a capsule closet might work for you, but how do you get started? The first thing you need to do is to ask yourself a series of questions to ascertain how your wardrobe should serve you. You do not want it the other way around! A capsule wardrobe planner is a great place to start. Rediscover what you love and look at the practicalities of your lifestyle to determine what you should, and shouldn’t include. Do not forget to download my free wardrobe planner to fill out along the way. It will help you stay focused on your wardrobe goals. Alternatively, check out my affordable personal styling membership or one-on-one personal stylist online packages.
So there you have it, how creating a capsule closet can reduce stress. What has worked for you?