I discovered capsule closets when packing for a two-week trip to New York last year.
I needed a fortnight’s worth of outfits for cool spring weather and I needed it all packed into a small suitcase.
New York is an undisputed fashion capital of the world, and we would be visiting museums, bars, and restaurants while also touring all the sights.
I needed a closet that would be stylish, versatile and compact.
And I needed to achieve that on a minuscule budget. I simply couldn’t afford to splurge.
Chain stores to the rescue!
Admittedly, it was a challenge. But with a few well-researched tips and tricks, I pulled it off. A good thing too, because the wardrobe space at our studio apartment in Midtown East was almost as small as my suitcase.
Frankly, I figured since I was spending so little on my clothes, I would donate them all and re-pack my suitcase full of New York finery to bring home.
We had a whirlwind trip and my Chainstore Capsule closet didn’t let me down once.
Every day it was a pleasure to get dressed and head out into the Big Apple.
Such ease of getting ready in the morning had never happened for me before.
I swiftly became a capsule closet convert!
And, I bought all of my Chainstore Capsule home with me.
Until my Chainstore Capsule revelation, I typically shopped at high street stores in fits and spurts of splurge and buyers remorse.
I’d shop when I was bored, or when I had a special occasion, or swoop on sales and buy stuff that didn’t really fit, swayed by the label, the discount price and a fear of not finding anything else.
So you probably aren’t surprised to learn my closet was an absolute mess.
But my biggest problem? I was a high street snob.
I steered clear of Target, Kmart, Big W and Best and Less and otherwise wouldn’t want to be caught wearing something that was, well, cheap.
Ridiculously, I would instead pay $50 for plain white t-shirts at a high street store. I would spend hundreds of dollars on just one outfit, that would cost less than $100 wearing chain store equivalents.
I shudder to recall how much time and money I wasted.
Now, I’m the first to admit Chainstore clothes have come a long way.
Terrible quality, poorly fitting garments from years ago have largely been replaced with good value, on trend pieces that are on par with what you would otherwise pay multiples for on the high street.
Combining chain store clothes with a capsule closet philosophy means you can purchase an entire season’s worth of clothes, for what you might otherwise pay for a single high street outfit.
I know I have better things to do with my time and my money, than spending hours and a small fortune in a shopping mall. I know you likely feel the same way.
It is possible to create a stylish, versatile closet that flatters your shape without spending all your time and money or making huge compromises on quality.
Accessing our Chainstore Capsule membership is like having your own personal shopper and stylist in your pocket.
Our Chainstore Capsule collections include a large gallery of outfits for every occasion, so you never have “nothing to wear” ever again.
But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can try for yourself. For a limited time, we are offering a free, New York inspired Microcapsule! 15 pieces, over a dozen styled outfits, on a $250 budget.
Find your perfect capsule, here.