I’ve been seeing so many mentions of capsule wardrobes recently, and I’m in two minds about whether they really work or are a bit of a con.
In theory, they have a lot going for them. For example, they appear to be:
- Time-saving and effortless
- Chic and pulled together
- Eco-friendly (you use things more often, there’s less waste)
- Value for money (lowered cost per wear, fewer purchases)
When they’re put together by stylists they seem quite appealing. For example, Gok Wan’s 24-piece wardrobes have a certain something about them, including this one in the pic below.
Image copyright Gok’s Fashion Fix, Gok Wan, Channel 4
On the other hand, there are clearly some obvious drawbacks:
- Easy to end up with a boring, restricted overall look, especially if you aren’t a stylist
- Seem to cater for fantasy lifestyles and warmer weather only
- Probably not versatile enough to bridge the gap between work and weekends
- Commonly used as a ploy by shops to sell you more clothes rather than less
- It’s a logistical problem waiting to happen because of laundry issues
Nobody seems to think about the laundry problem, do they? I like to only wash full machine loads of laundry and I don’t use a tumble drier, which saves on electricity, water and detergent. Thrifty, simple, and greener, hopefully. A 24-piece capsule with maybe three different tops in it, and perhaps a couple of dresses, is going to be a real problem because you’ll need to be doing frequent small loads of laundry. In damp weather, these clothes will then take a couple of days to air dry, taking most of the choice out of the allegedly clever mix and match system.
When it comes to real life, the fashion maths don’t seem to add up. Annoying, much?
But fear not, I’ve come up with a few ideas that might get around most of these problems. In theory, anyway. More tomorrow, bargain babes.