How to create a capsule wardrobe that works for you
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of different outfits. It's a great way to simplify your wardrobe and make getting dressed in the morning a more pleasant experience. It can also help you save money by reducing impulse buying and encouraging you to invest in high-quality, versatile pieces.
But how do you create a capsule wardrobe that works for you? Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Assess Your Current Wardrobe
The first step in creating a capsule wardrobe is to assess your current wardrobe. Take everything out of your closet and dresser and sort it into categories such as tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. As you sort through your clothes, take note of which items you wear regularly and which ones you don't. This will give you an idea of what you need and what you can do without. You can find our guide on how to declutter your wardrobe without getting overwhelmed here.
2. Identify Your Style
The next step in creating a capsule wardrobe is to identify your personal style. Think about the colours, patterns, and cuts that you feel most comfortable wearing. Consider your lifestyle, body shape, and what makes you feel confident. Knowing your style will make it easier to choose versatile pieces that you'll actually want to wear.
3. Choose Your Essentials
A capsule wardrobe typically consists of about 30-40 items, including tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. When choosing your essentials, consider the following:
- Versatility: Choose items that can be worn in a variety of different ways and for different occasions. Check out our post on 5 ways to style oversized sweatshirts all year round here.
- Quality: Invest in high-quality, well-made items that will last.
- Fit: Make sure everything fits well and is comfortable to wear.
4. Add Accessories
Accessories can help bring an outfit together and make it more versatile. Consider adding a few statement pieces, like a scarf or a piece of jewellery, that can be used to dress up or dress down an outfit.
5. Continuously evaluate and adjust
A capsule wardrobe is not a one-time thing, it's an ongoing process. Continuously evaluate and adjust your wardrobe as your lifestyle and preferences change. Get rid of clothes that no longer fit or that you no longer wear, and replace them with new items that better suit your current needs.
Don't be scared to get started
Creating a capsule wardrobe can seem daunting, but by following these steps, you can simplify your wardrobe and make getting dressed in the morning a more pleasant experience. By assessing your current wardrobe, identifying your personal style, choosing essentials and adding accessories, you can create a functional, versatile, and stylish wardrobe that will last for years to come. And by continuously evaluating and adjusting it, you'll be able to adapt it to your changing needs. Remember, a capsule wardrobe is about having the right clothes for you.