Capsule wardrobes are essential for simplifying your life and helping you avoid decision fatigue that complicates matters for no reason. This strategy is helpful in everyday life, but it is especially helpful when it comes to helping you with packing for your travels. The basic principle is keeping things simple, and this is achieved through packing basics and essentials that will serve all of your needs, without any extras taking up space.
The most important thing to take into consideration is that you should like everything that’s in your capsule wardrobe. These items should be functional, high quality, and items that you will be happy with using over and over again.
A great way to achieve this is to invest in good quality classics and to completely avoid trendy items that will likely need to be replaced.
Another crucial component to capsule packing is making sure that you have a good and sturdy bag that is a carry-on size (that way you can easily travel with it) that will fit a week’s worth of clothing easily.
You really shouldn’t need to pack more than a week’s worth of clothing. If you’re traveling for more than a week, you should do laundry. A great strategy to help you is to pack thin layers and avoid bulky pieces. Thin layers are easier to pack and will allow you to have more options to use, depending on the weather.
You should also invest in fabrics that are more naturally wrinkle free like merino wool and synthetic performance fabrics, which are also great for sweat wicking. Cotton should be avoided because it is very slow to dry and very quick to get stinky.
Good quality materials will help because they’ll always look better and are sturdier than cheaper materials. High quality pieces will also last for more trips, so you get more bang for your buck. Fast fashion should definitely be avoided, in general, but especially while building a capsule wardrobe.
Another strategy is to choose a basic color palette in order to make it easier to mix and match. Neutral colors are the easiest, since they tend to always go well together. Bold and bright patterns complicate matters, so they can add necessary bulk without much functionality.
Along the same idea, you should go for classic cuts that you feel confident in and that don’t go out of style. You can also make sure that your clothes fit you well. Consider getting ill-fitting clothes tailored so that you always feel your best and look polished. For high quality, long-lasting pieces, this is a worthy investment.