Amazing Powers of Observation

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Do you know the unspoken rules for women’s fashion and dressing?

Did anyone ever tell you that had to wear something different and original every day? Have you ever said to yourself while selecting the day’s clothes, “I wore this last week, so I can’t wear it again today”. Where is this pressure coming from? Our friends, family, co-workers, the Media? Ourselves?

We’ve got a problem. We’ve got closets full of clothes and nothing to wear.

We stand in front of them on Monday mornings, staring, uninspired by what we see and wishing the basic task of getting dressed in the morning were simpler. Shirts and pants that fit, don’t necessarily match. What shoes are going to go best with that?

More importantly, the time and brain bandwidth selecting clothes in the morning is taking time away from our creative and productive endeavors.


The simple answer to this dilemma is the Capsule Wardrobe and it’s beginning to make a dent in mainstream fashion. A Capsule Wardrobe is a simple, basic set of clothing pieces that can be easily mixed and matched to create multiple looks. The idea has been around since the 70s, but is only recently beginning to gain traction.

It helps to have the recognition of creative authorities like Matilda Kahl,  the former Madison Avenue Executive, current Art Director and creator of her own simple 3 piece wardrobe that she wears every-single-day to work. (Her short piece for Harper’s Baazar went viral). Kahl’s choice is black pants, white blouse adorned with a black leather string, and a black jacket. Simple and stylish.

Kahl decided that while it was important what she wore, she didn’t want her clothes to distract from her purpose, which is her career as a Creative. Matilda Kahl has not been the only highly successful person to minimize their wardrobe, however she may be the first daring woman to do so. We often hear about Steve Job’s black turtleneck and Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie. They chose these for simplicity. Women have had a different standard, both set by society and themselves, on what they should wear.

The Capsule Wardrobe, for women means a new kind of freedom.

So, why aren’t we all embracing it? Perhaps it’s because we all crave style and originality. But, Capsule Wardrobes do not have to be boring.

You too, can choose this freedom. You can design your own Capsule with carefully selected mix and match pieces or you can buy one, ready to wear. The first steps always include sorting through your closets, removing what is not working or does not fit and keeping what you love and can be used as base pieces. Sounds overwhelming? A professional organizer can help with this step and objectively assess what belongs in the Capsule and make suggestions of what is needed to complete it.

The next step is to intentionally shop for your Capsule.

Here are some suggestions to find exactly what you need.

MM LaFleur

MM LaFleur

MM La Fleur

MM LaFleur has classic, elegant and versatile pieces plus the essential “Bento Box” which they will style for you.

Their styles are definitely geared toward the working woman.

Here’s is a sample of their Monday through Friday look.

Brass Clothing

Brass Clothing

Brass Clothing

Brass Clothing outright declares themselves a Capsule Wardrobe and even provides “The Cleanout Bag” to empty your current closet.   

Brass offers a mix of work and casual clothes.

White House Black Market work kit

White House Black Market work kit


White House Black Market

White House Black Market has always been a staple of mostly mix and match black and white pieces with splashes of color thrown in, and they even have “The Work Kit”, which really makes dressing easy. Clearly these pieces are career oriented.

Vetta Jumpsuit

Vetta Jumpsuit

Vetta Capsule

Vetta Capsule may be the best of all worlds. They’ve created capsules for every style type. Their simply stylish pieces are all made to be comfortable and move in. Options for their Capsules begin at under $450 for their pre-curated pieces. All of their clothing is made with sustainable fabrics and packaging.

Vetta offers a mix of work and casual clothes.

Need more reasons to own less clothes and choose higher quality?

Fast Fashion is hurting our Earth. 85% of the clothing we buy each year ends up in landfills. The plastics they contain are being poured into the oceans with every wash. There is also the harsh reality of poor pay and poor conditions for the workers who make these clothes. Cheap comes at a price.

The average American woman spends $1800 to $4800 a year on clothing and accessories. That adds up to approximately $108,000 to $288,000 in a lifetime. Is it worth it?

We should all embrace simpler clothing, for our sanity, easier living, our financial well being and for the health of our planet.

So, let’s not give in to those whispers telling us we have to entertain others with our clothing choices every day. Let’s leave behind the chaos and stress of our packed closets and intentionally select our clothing. Our closets should contain a few beautiful pieces of versatile clothing that look and feel good and that reflect who we are.

“Amazing Powers of Observation”

This is what my 11 year old said to her classmates this week when they noted that she wore the same thing to school on Monday that she had worn the preceding Friday.  She then explained that she felt happy and cozy in that particular pair of pants and top. What more explanation or promotion for the capsule wardrobe does anyone need?

Looking for help clearing out your closet and inspiration for starting your own Capsule Wardrobe? ASPO’s organizers are here to help you get your clothes in order so you can get on with the important things in life.

Interested in becoming a Professional Organizer and helping women achieve their greatest purpose? We invite you to join us here at ASPO.

Jennifer Martin