Un-Breaking the Bank with Capsule Wardrobes

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by Shelby Spiegel, Lifestyle Staff Writer

Photographed by Shelby Spiegel

It is no surprise that college students try to stretch every dollar they have. With a multitude of expenses, such as textbooks and groceries, it is hard to find a little extra to spare on clothing. Luckily, there is a solution that lets you create an endless number of outfits without breaking the bank.

The capsule wardrobe, a term coined by Susie Faux, owner of a London boutique in the 1970s, is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that never go out of style. This wardrobe includes items such as sweaters, pants, tops and shoes that are neutral basics, rather than statement pieces. With these pieces, the individual is able to mix and match, creating a wide array of unique looks. For example, a simple denim shirt could be dressed down with a pair of black leggings and a scarf, or dressed up with a skirt and classic jewelry.

Not only does owning a capsule wardrobe help save money due to the restricted number of items and less frequent shopping, but you can save even more money by seeking out high quality, low-cost items. Some options include thrifting and shopping at consignment stores, purchasing items at the end of major holidays or seasons and using online second-hand sites, such as Poshmark. At the end of the day, creating a capsule wardrobe will help you save money and turn heads.

In my experience, picking out an outfit becomes ten times more difficult when I am running late. Deciding what to wear for the entire day already entails some pressure, so with an added time crunch, I always find myself scrambling to put something together that looks both effortless and cute. With a capsule wardrobe, however, fast-paced mornings are a breeze. The streamlined closet provides the luxury to maintain a cohesive look every day, making it easier to choose outfits each morning. Almost anything you pick out while in a hurry will look like you spent more time than you actually did.

On another note, college students and anyone on a budget may have less space to store five different striped t-shirts and six denim skirts. The limited amount of clothing in a capsule wardrobe saves an immense amount of room and frees up more space for other storage. On top of the space-saving positive, an extremely put-together wardrobe allows for less time spent shopping and more time spent other ways. Win-win.

Overall, a capsule wardrobe has a laundry list of benefits and, although parting with some of your favorite statement pieces will be tough, a transition to this simple and clean lifestyle will provide you with a fresh way to show off your personality through a style that is uniquely and cohesively you.

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