There is a grain of truth in the time old saying that “less is more,” especially when it comes to our closet. According to recent studies* the average American woman has about 103 items in her closet, yet considers 33 percent of items too tight to wear and 24 percent too loose. It appears that we have lost our ability to focus on quality over quantity. Now, it's time for change!
The concept of a “capsule closet” was first conceptualized in the 1970’s by London boutique owner Susie Faux. The idea was to create a variety of garments that can be styled together for any occasion and updated with accessories to keep looks on trend. In 1985, designer Donna Karan took inspiration from the capsule closet and released her “7 Easy Pieces” workwear collection.
These days, with women championing day-to-night dressing, our closets are working harder than ever. Our expert stylists share their 7 reasons why you need to build your own capsule closet.
1. Get More Value For Your Money.
If you’re holding on to designer pieces just because they required months of savings to buy, we understand. This is why Material World offers you a no fuss, no risk, fashion trade in service that finds a new home for your designer items and helps you reclaim the value of your closet. The credit earned by trading in your garments can then be used for you next Material World purchase or be converted into cash up front.
2. You know everything in your closet fits you to a T.
The beauty of editing your wardrobe is that you only get to keep clothes that truly flatter you. Resell your unwanted clothing that no longer brings you joy. A capsule closet gives you the peace of mind that any item will make you look as fabulous as you feel.
3. Less options, Less stress, more time.
If you have fewer options available, not only will getting dressed in the morning happen within the blink of an eye, you will also look more polished and put together as you have spent time curating each look with precision.
4. Trends come and go. Style is eternal.
Classic pieces tend to blend well together. Items such as blue jeans, brown ankle boots, a white button-down shirt and a fitted blazer have a lot of mileage on them. These classic pieces can be dressed up, dressed down and styled in so many different ways to match your personal style. In other words, no matter what’s on trend, you will always look stylish.
5. Upgrade your style and trade in!
Using a trade in service like Material World to get rid of unwanted garments will keep your closet fresh and up to date and allow you to restock it with high quality designer pieces that not only make you feel great but will hold their resale value for when you are ready to restyle your closet again.
6. More Closet Space.
The benefit of having more closet space means that you will be able to see and admire your clothes more easily. It also means that there is space to store them correctly. Consider using heavy duty wide hangers for your jackets, shoe trees for your shoes, garment bags for your dresses and suits and hanging up items that used to be folded.
7. Less Laundry.
If you only have a few items in your closet, you will have less items to wash at the end of the week. Not only does this lighten your weekend workload, but it also has a positive impact on the environment. With fewer items to launder, you can even extend the longevity of your garments by investing in green dry cleaning which uses non toxic chemicals that are safer for the environment and humans alike.
At Material World our motto is “Never Stop Evolving” and we cannot help but feel excited by the endless possibilities a capsule closet can offer. By reselling your once loved items through our trade-in service you are not just liberating your closet from unworn items but earning credit to fund your future purchases and find the garments that really work for you.
Not only is a capsule closet a more stylish and economical option, it also boasts huge environmental benefits such as conscious consumption and less waste. So, next time you look at your closet, be inspired to take action and ask yourself which items truly embody your style. Then, use these as a base and start building your very own capsule closet today.