There’s no one size fits all solution when it comes to creating a capsule wardrobe. What you need depends on your overall lifestyle, career, and where you live — though we have some suggestions here and here. A woman in finance in New York City or Boston need a greater number of items than a woman in the same job in Los Angeles simply because of the change of seasons. Why you should create a capsule wardrobe are the same regardless of where you live and the lifestyle you lead.
- Time spent on shopping is time that could be better spent elsewhere. Few people realize how much time we actually spend on shopping and then subsequently cleaning out our closets.
- Fewer choices leads to more productivity and frees up our mind to focus on other things. Scientists call this “decision fatigue” and even deciding whether to wear a scarf or necklace, or a black skirt vs. a navy one each morning reduces our mental capacity and willpower to focus on other things. There’s a reason why the most successful people from Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg have a uniform.
- You’ll feel more confident. When you eliminate the excess in your closet and pare it down to your most favorite and frequently worn items, what is left are the items that you love and that fit the best. You’ll dress better by default and that leads to confidence.
You’ll save time and money by investing in quality wardrobe essentials —whatever that looks like for your life and career. Our time is finite. It’s the most precious thing we all have, and despite our best efforts to save time with apps or by outsourcing tasks, most people are unwittingly careless with their time more than anything else in their lives.