What IS a Capsule Wardrobe? (+ My Style Story)

Here at Budget Bohemian we guide you through the steps to create your own, bohemian-style capsule (with ethical fashion pieces of course!)  Today I want to talk about what a capsule wardrobe is, exactly, plus how I started building them in the first place.

Yup. We’re talking fashion + ovaries here today.

You may have heard of a capsule wardrobe — but what exactly is it?

A  capsule wardrobe is a collection of 32-40 clothing items curated in the color palette of your choice for a specific season.

These 32-40 pieces (not outfits) include tops, bottoms, jackets, dresses, coats, etc. NOT shoes or accessories. These pieces should match literally 100% of what you own in VIBE — a boho vibe, to be exact.

A capsule is NOT: owning *just* 32 pieces of clothing (it can be, but this is the practice of minimalism. Minimalism is not the same as capsule-curating.)

Many people curate 4 capsules for the year: one for each season. And of course many pieces would overlap. For example: I have a pair of jeans that I LOVE and I wear year-round. I also have a pair of ankle boots, two jackets, and multiple tops that are four-season-appropriate. (You can see all those pieces + plus get a FREE 8 boho basics checklist here!)

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What’s a capsule FOR? It can be used to create a travel wardrobe (semester abroad, extended vacay, etc); as a way to simplify your life; if you’re pregnant, to create a maternity (or post partuum) capsule; or to make your wardrobe seasonal; or to experiment with your style in an unique manner. Ultimately it’s about what YOU need your clothes to DO for you.
For me? It’s about keeping life stress-free and stylish.

You see, I have a chronic illness called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome {PCOS} that makes affects my weight, skin and hair in a way I can’t always control. Some days are just bad, depressing, and hormonal. I struggle with expressing myself at all {especially in person} and sharing my inner life.

So I turned to fashion. I wanted my style to EXPRESS myself in a way I couldn’t find words for. And since I have anxiety I can’t deal with a stressful, overwhelming closet every morning. I want self-expression and simplicity {maybe you do too!}

THAT’S why I consider myself a bohemian style babe: because boho stands for everything FREE, wanderlusting, and gypsy-souled and I want to be free deep down (not only because of my illness) but because I want to be free to EXPRESS myself.

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Want to start your own bohemian capsule wardrobe today? Ready to cut out that 30min of “what do I wear??” every morning so you can practice self-care instead of stressing? Start today by getting your free checklist of 8 bohemian basics from ethical fashion brands, right here.

A capsule is meant to be freeing, NOT restricting. Your capsule is about feeling CONFIDENT every day. No matter how painful/upset my body is. And it’s about simplicity because I don’t need more stress. {who does!!}

Remember to check out that post and checklist on the 8 boho basics here.

Ok now it’s your turn…What is YOUR capsule for? Comment below!

xoxo

Monica

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2 thoughts on “What IS a Capsule Wardrobe? (+ My Style Story)

    • Monica Watson says:

      Thank you Cat! That’s so exciting. You are more than welcome to join our Budget Bohemian Community on Facebook for boho babes looking to build their own capsule wardrobes with likeminded folks! 🤗 Thanks for reading and happy intentional shopping! ❤️

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