A capsule wardrobe is a curated collection of clothing, shoes and accessories that can help you live with simplicity. It generally consists of anywhere from 30 to 50 items that are used exclusively and as your entire wardrobe for a specified period of time.
We each have different bodies and lifestyles and we deserve to dress for that unique combination, One perfect capsule wardrobe will not work for everyone. Let it be messy at first, as you figure out what works best for your body, and your lifestyle.
WHY BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE
1. Reduce decision fatigue.
Deciding what to wear requires mental energy that you could rather spend on other things. Instead of trying on several outfits getting ready in the morning in hopes of finding the perfect thing to wear, curate a small capsule wardrobe. Then there are no daily decisions required. You get to wear your favourite things every day.
2. Create more space and time for what you love.
Even if you don’t know what matters yet, or what you love, by dressing with less you’ll have a little more time and space to figure it out. A little more time and space to breathe. If there are reasons you want to dress with less, write them down. Understanding why you want to create a capsule wardrobe will help you stick with it after you learn how to build a capsule wardrobe.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR CAPSULE WARDROBE
1. organisation is key
– Put all of your clothes, accessories, jewellery, and shoes on your bed. Seeing what you have is an important step in building a capsule wardrobe.
2. Sort it out
– Move the clothes on your bed to piles on the floor don’t give it too much thought, just go with your first reaction. Sort items into the following piles:
· Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them often.
· Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (you know you have those items)
· Donate: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
Take a second look at your two remaining piles (love & maybe). Try on clothing you aren’t sure about and ask the following questions:
· Would I go to the store and buy this today?
· Will I wear this in the next 3-6 months.
If the answer is no, start a new donate pile and immediately add it to your other items for donation.
3. curate your wardrobe
– Make a list of the items by category. Start with the items you already use every day, and your go-to clothing items. This list may change over time as seasons change, or work/life situations change. I know the following things are usually going to start my list:
· simple t-shirt or v-neck
· button down shirt
4: choose your pop of colour
Not everyone will want to do this. Some of you may love the black, white and grey capsule wardrobe but for those of you who want a bit of colour in your closet this is how you can choose what is best for you.
This is my colour palette for my wardrobe:
You can pick what ever colour you like but I would suggest having no more than 2 accent colours and it is very important that the two colours work well with each other. As you can see in my case I have chosen Rust as my accent and gold for any jewellery that I wear. So when you pick your colours keep that in mind.
Another thing I would say is important to remember is that when choosing the accent colour try sticking to pieces that are not staples such as coats, shoes, handbag. Especially if this is the first time you are doing this you don’t want to limit yourself when it comes to getting the most wear out of your wardrobe.
However if you are more bold in your approach or your budget is bigger, then you are more than welcome to invest in that statement coat or bold print handbag. It really is all up to you and what fits your personality and lifestyle.
SHOP THIS CAPSULE WARDROBE NOW:
3: A KNIT PULLOVER ( IN A NEUTRAL COLOUR )
11: EVERYDAY HANDBAG
17: WHITE TEE
18: BLACK TEE
21: BLACK JEANS
22: DENIM JACKET
25: STRIPED T-SHIRT