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My name is Lucy, and I am the Blogger behind The Capsulist. 

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You’ve probably heard of a Capsule Wardrobe, right?  Here’s a definition just in case:

Capsule Wardrobe – noun.  -A small collection of high quality, timeless, and essential items of clothing; all of which can be worn together, or in different combinations to create many different outfits.

So a few years ago, when I was poor (but just as interested in fashion), I came across the concept of the Capsule Wardrobe.

I began researching it, reading blogs, and watching YouTube videos about how people had put their Capsule Wardrobes together.

Everyone’s approach was different.  Some stuck to specific colour palettes, some had strict rules on the number of items they included, and some started completely fresh for each new season.

But one theme seemed to run through all the videos and blogs that I came across.  They all had the same ethos.


Invest your time, effort, and whatever money you have into items that:

  • Go with all the other items in your wardrobe
  • Suit who you are as a person
  • Are of a high quality
  • Make you feel good

Inspired, I decided to give it a try.

The Capsule Wardrobe philosophy really worked for me.  I found it liberating to throw out old bobbly knitwear, uncomfortable tops, and things that just didn’t feel ‘me’.

I had very little money, so I researched everything for a long time until I found the exact pieces I wanted and then I waited for them to go on sale.

I bought one item every few months until eventually I had a small, but thoughtfully and carefully chosen collection of clothes that made me feel amazing.

I began to apply the Capsule Ethos to other purchases as well as just clothing.  

I started to think more carefully about everything I was buying.  Would it last or fall to pieces?  Am I being tempted to buy something that isn’t quite right just because it’s cheap?

I felt happier about the decisions I was making.  I felt more in control, more sure of what I liked, and more focused on what was important to me.

It became my standard approach to all my decisions.  Is it ‘Capsule’?  Is it what I really want?  Does it fit with my values? 

I had been teaching myself a skill.  An ability to see clearly what I wanted, and go towards it with confidence.  But equally I had become more aware of things that weren’t Capsule and didn’t have a place in my life.

I was able to use this approach to assess all areas of my life.  Relationships, career choices, everything.  If it didn’t make me happy, and it didn’t fit in with my Capsule philosophy, I cut it out.

And it worked.  I wasn’t wasting time, money, and energy on things that made me miserable.  Which meant I had more time, money, and energy to invest in the good stuff.

As a result, my life became more rewarding and exciting, and I felt confident and in control.

And that’s what this blog is about.

It’s about fashion, lifestyle, figuring out what you like, what makes you happy, and then going towards that.

Because life’s too short to make do with something that’s not quite right.