Too many clothes with nothing wear? Welcome to being a girl. You aren’t alone though – Today reported that only 20% of clothes actually make it off the hanger. But for girls with vitiligo, not feeling good about your wardrobe too often accentuates existing confidence and self-esteem issues.
We all know that confidence needs to come from within. But let’s be honest – a cute outfit certainly doesn’t hurt your self-esteem. And as girls with vitiligo, it can be easy to feel less than beautiful. Having clothes that make you feel good about your body can be a welcome boost of confidence when you’re struggling to love your spots.
So how do you solve this clothing crisis? Unfancy blogger Caroline Rector has the answer – the capsule wardrobe.
The capsule wardrobe concept
The concept is simple. You decide on a minimal set of clothing – Caroline uses 37 – and wear only those items for three months. The capsule includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outwear and shoes but does not include workout clothes, jewelry, loungewear and underwear. As a one-sentence definition, Caroline explains it as “a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.”
How do you only wear 37 things for three months? Great question. When you build your capsule, you need to make sure your pieces are versatile enough to work for a variety of occasions. This includes making sure each item pairs well with the other capsule items so you can mix and match to increase potential outfits. They also need to be clothes that you love so you don’t mind wearing them on repeat.
Why it works, especially for girls with vitiligo
We shared why minimalist style works for girls with vitiligo in a recent post, but we’ll share our passion for tiny closets again. First, capsule wardrobes provide a budget-friendly, hassle-free approach to clothing that decreases input while increasing results – you walking out the door feeling fabulous.
But more than that, capsule wardrobes take the best of what you have and let you wear it all the time. Think about how you feel when you put on your favorite outfit. You stand a little taller, smile at the girl in the mirror and walk with your head held a little higher. It feels good. And that’s what a capsule wardrobe does for girls with vitiligo – it creates a closet of all of your favorite clothing so you can feel beautiful more often.
How to get started
So where do you start? Caroline has a lot of resources for you on Unfancy, including how to build a capsule in five steps and a capsule planner that you can download. If you still want to learn more, check out The Everygirl’s interview with Caroline on building capsules and why they work.
Will you try a capsule wardrobe? Why or why not?
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Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.