The Capsule Closet
If the idea of having thirty pieces in your whole wardrobe scares you, Kassy Moen's capsule closet might just have you wanting to confront your fears. Not a year ago, her closet was so packed, she could barely squeeze another hanger into the fray and yet when she opened it up, she felt as though she had nothing to wear. Kassy had seen a few bloggers document their own capsule wardrobe experiments, paring their wearables down to the season's essentials and putting together chic permutations of those pieces. She felt inspired to give it a try and now, a few seasons later, her capsule closet is going strong and she's never been so sure that less can be more.
Kassy's closet is split into two parts: the upper rack which is her lifestyle section and the lower rack that is her work clothes. Because she's a hair stylist (Capelli Salon), her work clothes tend to be darker as to resist staining and there's also a difference in quality since it doesn't make sense to spend a fortune on a piece that will likely get bleach on it eventually. She's also got a few lounging-around clothes that she limits to house use since chicness doesn't factor into curling up on the couch and watching a movie. I should mention, I visited Kassy on the first day of her Spring capsule.
Getting started on this system meant clearing her closet out of absolutely everything and making three piles: keep, maybe (if she hadn't worn the pieces in ages or they weren't great-fitting), and sell/donate. Her first capsule was made up of all things she already owned, so she put those 25-30 items back in her closet and vowed not to add to it for three months. Kassy kept her maybes in another room for a while, revisiting them once she was confident the capsule system would serve her well. She ended up getting rid of most of them.
Obviously, versatility was key when she chose those thirty pieces. For her lifestyle section, Kassy gravitates toward great quality neutrals with a few pops of colour. Because she's plus-sized on the bottom and fits regular sizes on top, Kassy says she has unique challenges in putting together a wardrobe. She wants her clothes to reflect a universal chicness rather than fitting only the plus-sized style mold. This often requires tailoring, special orders, or having pieces custom-made for her. Kassy also has a good relationship with a few local shops who think of her when pieces come in or are willing to special order specific pieces for her. With a capsule wardrobe, the goal is to choose garments that will be worn many times in many ways so for Kassy, it's worth the investment to ensure each piece fit well.
For instance, this white flowy blouse has been a staple in a few of Kassy's capsules. Here, she styles it with a pair of on-trend, pale pink pants for a casual, going-to-brunch-with-the-girls look.
The blouse looks professional and put-together with dark denim and a well-tailored blazer.
AND it lends itself to a night out when paired with a black vest and dressy leggings. Well, you get the idea! It's all about picking pieces that can work the hardest.
Kassy learned from her first three-month capsule what works best in her life, and her second was a lot easier. Now, the process goes a little something like this: month one is the honeymoon period where Kassy's excited about her new capsule; month two, she begins looking at trends and taking note of what she might like in her next capsule but doesn't yet own; and in month three, she enjoys shopping for the pieces on her wish list. The capsule system doesn't limit accessories, so Kassy's focus when accessory shopping is to choose pieces that will compliment many capsules to come.
On her wish list right now is a beautiful, neutral purse for Spring (Kassy's thinking about the Givenchy Pandora).
Also on Kassy's wish list is a pair of Valentino studded flats. She and her new husband, Evan are going to enjoy a belated honeymoon in Europe so this wish list might just be checked off across the pond, or in Vegas, where she also is planning a vacay.
And although accessories are omitted from limitation, the capsule philosophy has nonetheless permeated Kassy's jewellery collection and she's purged a lot of her costume pieces.
Her husband Evan buys her jewellery now and then, and like any girl, Kassy is always excited about the contents of a little blue box.
It's also permeated other aspects of her beauty regime, including skin care. Kassy says she used to have so much product she didn't know what to do with it and most just sat there, forgotten. She's recently streamlined her routine with La Mer, which looks as pretty as it feels.
Clothing that is out of season or doesn't make the cut for the three-month capsule gets put into storage and will be reassessed in a few months. A lot of pieces end up carrying over from capsule to capsule, like good quality basic tees and Kassy's favourite pair of boyfriend jeans (which rarely see the inside of a Rubbermaid container!). It might seem like a lot of work day-of, but the organization and simplification saves Kassy so much time when getting ready day-to-day.
Itching to get your wardrobe into a more wearable, matchable, and succinct capsule? The system certainly seems like the key to your every outfit being a surefire hit! And all you've gotta do is grab some bins, open your closet, and gather your courage. 😉
p.s. Thanks to the lovely Kassy Moen for having me over and letting me be snoopy.