A “capsule wardrobe” is the idea of simply wearing the same 10-15 basic things all the time. It’s a fashion reality, and it’s gaining momentum! In fact, some of the world’s top leaders have adopted it. Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and many other politicians and entrepreneurs. This is a far more fascinating subject than it may seem. And so, read on!
1. Less Time Wasted
We have no idea how much of a burden our possessions have become until we begin to remove them. But when we do, we immediately discover a new life of freedom and opportunity. Getting ready in the morning is easier, quicker, and more efficient.
2. Fewer Decisions
Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. For people who make significant decisions every day, the removal of even one — choosing clothes in the morning — leaves them with more mental space and better productivity throughout the day.
Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg both agree: “You’ll see I wear only grey or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” (Obama).
3. Less Expense
Our closets are full of clothes and shoes purchased, but rarely worn. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually. Which may not seem like a lot, until you consider that most clothing purchases are not based on need at all. In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, she owns 30 – at least one for every day of the month.
4. Less Wasted Energy
Christopher Nolan, one of the most successful film makers, offers an important distinction when he refers to “wasted energy.” Not only do large wardrobes require more decision-making, they also require more maintenance, more organization, and more shuffling around.
5. Less Stress
Matilda Kahl, an art director in New York cites both decision fatigue and less time getting ready as her reason for wearing the same outfit everyday. But she adds another: less stress — specifically, less stress during the day over the decision she originally made in the morning. ’Is this too formal? Is that too out there? Is this dress too short? Almost always, I’d choose something to wear I regretted as soon as I hit the subway platform.’ But now, in her trademark silk white shirt and black trousers, she has one less source of anxiety during the day.
6. More Peace
We are a society drowning in our possessions. Getting dressed is no longer a battle.