Author Rebecca Ellington has a wonderful book on Amazon, entitled Capsule Craze: The Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Capsule Wardrobe.
She kindly provided me with a copy of the book for review, and I have to say this is one of the best pieces I have ever read on the “craze.” For those who are unfamiliar, Rebecca explains that the term “capsule wardrobe” was coined by Suzy Faux, who owned a London boutique called Wardrobe, back in the 1970s. In 1985, Donna Karan popularized the concept with her “Seven Easy Pieces” collection.
Rebecca explains the capsule wardrobe in great detail, including the benefits — and there are many. You can save time, money, and stress with her system. And, she adds, you are forced to examine exactly what looks good on you.
From there, she takes the reader step-by-step through the process of building a capsule wardrobe. She gives expert advice on choosing the right pieces, selecting colours, and even “shopping the right way.” she points out the common mistakes we tend to make, and outlines the dos and don’ts of a successful capsule wardrobe. There are rules for each body type, and the perfect styles to show off every figure at its very best.
Rebecca guides the reader through the art of transitioning from work to casual, and also from season to season. She includes chapters on accessorizing, caring for your wardrobe, capsules for children (they outgrow everything so quickly!) and capsules for women over 5o (that’s me!)
Then — the moment I was waiting for — Rebecca’s 21 Day Capsule Wardrobe Challenge! Following her instructions, I ran to my closet and chose the 20 items to sustain me throughout the 3 weeks. I used her chart, making a few adjustments to fit my needs and what I already had. Then I moved the rest out of sight. It was amazing how I was able to come up with different combinations!
I have to admit it was a little easier for me, as my husband and I share a very small closet, but even those with huge wardrobes should be able to learn something new about themselves.
Rebecca concludes the book by reminding us that the capsule wardrobe is almost 50 years old, and that it has survived numerous fashion changes. I can’t wait to see what happens next!