Winning Wardrobe

I think there is something to this idea of a wardrobe capsule.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. This idea was popularized by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces.

The term is widely used in the British and American fashion media, and has been the subject of several popular television series. The term has come to refer to a collection of clothing that is uses only interchangeable items to maximise the number of outfits that can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colours.

The wardrobe capsule idea has been popping up frequently in blogs as the minimalist trend continues to become more and more popular.  Initially, this made me squirm with discomfort at the thought of restricting the pieces in my closet.  I lament about this in 5 Ways to Get Unstuck.  But recently, I am seeing how freeing less can be.

A couple of weeks ago, my son and I led music at VBS (Vacation Bible School). Leaders and teachers wore matching T-shirts, every day for 5 days.  FYI: We washed ours every night.  Anyway, it was very nice to not have the element of “what should I wear?” in the morning.  This made me think about my experiment

I committed to less in my closet this summer and it is feeling great.  It’s everything I have read about and now I am living it. I would put it in the “freeing” category.  What fun to pick a basic top and bottom, or dress and accessorize to change up the look!  I faced my fear of letting go of many pieces of clothing and it is good. I learned that I don’t have to follow every Pinterest, blog, or fashion designers idea of how large my capsule should be. It needs to be best for me. I need to own the idea and change my mind set. And that’s where the true freedom lies.

Here are some tips to help you have a Winning Wardrobe and experiment to kick the clothes clutter habit:

Choose the staple items to stay in your most used dressing area.
Get rid of items that don’t spark joy, don’t fit, or are uncomfortable and donate to local charity
Move items you absolutely can’t part with out of closet to another area.  Remember, this is only for the experiment period. Once you give it a try you will likely learn that you don’t miss any of it!

Special occasion dresses should also move to another area. Possibly a box or tub. They shouldn’t take up space in your daily area.
Stop shopping

There is a bombardment of messages this world wants us to believe; more is more, you will be accepted if you buy this, and you’re not good enough are among the many. Getting untangled from these beliefs takes time. But it’s worth the effort girlfriend, it’s worth it. And I’m here to help win.

Let’s chat! Tell me what’s working for you?  Are you working on de-cluttering this summer? Do you have a favorite staple piece in your closet?

Blessings my friend,


Quick De-Clutter Item update:  (Toward my goal of getting 2,000+ items out of my house in 2015)    1767 items gone!  Wahoo!


Amy Larson

Amy Larson is a coach, writer and speaker. Through challenges of her own she has become an advocate for living with freedom- free from home, mind, body and soul clutter. She is winning the battle with chronic Lyme Disease and is an encourager to all women who want more out of life. She helps women uncover lies that keep them stuck and entangled with practical, yet life-changing strategies.