Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes yet spend every morning deliberating over what to wear - only to conclude you have NOTHING to wear? You've come to the right place. If you're also spending too much time doing laundry every week, you most definitely need a 'capsule wardrobe'.
The idea of a capsule wardrobe isn't a new concept, there are fashion bloggers and magazine editors who have been touting it around for years, but it's become hugely popular recently as more people aspire to a minimalistic and less stressful way of life.
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What is a capsule wardrobe?
It's a streamlined collection of clothes, versatile pieces that can be styled in different mix and match combinations so you can create a number of outfits for different occasions. Inside a capsule wardrobe you'll find lots of classic, essential items - which won't go out of fashion - mixed with seasonal pieces to keep it fresh.
What are the benefits of a capsule wardrobe?
- Fewer decisions every day
- Increased confidence - every outfit will be as stylish as the next!
- Less time wasted deciding on what to wear
- Reduce stress and anxiety over your outfit choice
- Less wasted energy spent on fretting over outfits
- Reduce your wardrobe maintenance - sorting, laundry, tidying
- The feeling of being effortlessly stylish & put together
- Freedom to spend time on other aspects of your life
- Save money by reducing your clothes spending
How to create a capsule wardrobe
- Do you research & look for style inspiration
Before you start chucking out everything you own and buying new clothes, type 'Capsule Wardrobe' into a Google image search and tailor the wording to what you're looking for. E.g:
- Women's Summer casual capsule wardrobe
- Men's smart casual capsule wardrobe
- Women's Winter capsule wardrobe
- Women's bright spring capsule wardrobe
Take a look at the 'mood boards' that come up and go from there. Whether you love prints, neutrals colours or anything nautical, you'll find inspiration from Google images', related articles and Pinterest. Start bookmarking pages and saving images of outfits and capsule wardrobes you love.
Remember: blogs can be inspiring but also incredibly overwhelming. Don't feel the need to copy anyone's look entirely, simply work with your own style and take notes on what type of items you need or already have.
2. Create a wishlist
Once you've done some research and you've got an idea of what you would like in your capsule wardrobe, make a list of items. A general rule is to whittle it down to 35-40 item, including shoes and outerwear, which should last you around 3 months. It might look something like this:
Remember to include items that can be layered, basic pieces that can be dressed up and accessorised or played down. Think about all the possible outfit combinations and make a list of all the outfits E.g. Day time: White shirt, grey jeans, blue cardigan, tan boots. Make sure you have plenty of different options for all ocassions.
3. Look for items already & organise your wardrobe
Once you've got your shortlisted items, it's time to raid your existing wardrobe. Look for similar items to what you've found, hopefully you'll already have most items such as a classic LBD, smart blazer or jacket and pairs of well-fitted jeans.
Gather your key items and hang them on hangers. Start to clear out the rest of your wardrobe and get rid of the usual suspects - old, never worn, doesn't fit etc - and make some space. Now I'm not saying to get rid of everything you own, you could put your clothes into storage boxes or just position them to one side of your wardrobe so you have a clear a section for your capsule wardrobe. There may be some temptation to go into the other side if your non-capsule clothes are on show - be warned!
4. Make a list of what you have & what you need
Chances are you already have everything you need, but if not make a list of anything you need or think will tie your wardrobe altogether. Maybe you're missing a Spring jacket or a tailored white shirt? Scan online shops for ideas but don't be in a rush to buy anything. Remember the golden rule - everything you buy should be super versatile and work with your existing wardrobe.
5. Re-asses your wardrobe after 2 weeks
Start wearing your capsule wardrobe as soon as you can, and after 4 weeks have an edit. Take out items you haven't worn, add some more exciting bits to your collection if you've found yourself bored and tempted to stray. Don't be afraid to shop either, just make sure any purchases can be worn with multiple outfits.
Top tips on how to make your capsule wardrobe a success!
- Aim to wear your capsule wardrobe for 3 months then reassess and remove or add pieces based on the season or your own shift in style.
- Include some statement pieces so you don't get bored after a few weeks! Include a fabulous dress or jumpsuit to your capsule wardrobe.
- Download wardrobe planner sheets so you have a 'lookbook' you can refer to when you're in a panic!
- Take photos of any really successful outfit combinations so you can refer back