This isn’t a new thing, but here’s my take on creating a capsule wardrobe.
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing that is strategically designed so that all items of clothing can be mixed and matched in many different outfits. It saves you money, space, and time picking out your outfits.
Now I wouldn’t necessarily recommend having a 5 piece wardrobe. That’s a little extreme and I like having options. But I do think that it’s important to be thoughtful about the clothing you put in your closet.
Before we start, I want you to ask yourself these questions.
•Do you have clothes that you only own because you found it on sale?
•Do you have clothes that don’t fit you anymore?
•Do you own clothing you hate, but only keep because they fit?
•Does your wardrobe make you feel confident?
•Does doing your laundry completely overwhelm you?
Those are just a few things to think about while you start going through your closet.
Now listen up! Here’s how you can create your own capsule wardrobe!
Consider what clothing categories you need
Do you mostly wear casual clothes? Do you need business attire for work? Most of us need at least formal outfit for events or that annual office Christmas Party.
Make a list of what you think you need including how many you can get away with.
Here’s an example of what mine looked like. My wardrobe is fairly casual since I am a stay at home mom and I work from home as well.
That is a pretty basic capsule wardrobe to start out with.
I know some of you think that’s just insane and not enough. Don’t come at me with your pitchforks yet though.
The idea of this capsule wardrobe is that these are going to be your wardrobe staples. I’m not telling you to limit your number to anything, this is just an idea of what works for some people.
I will be the first to admit to you that I have more than 5 shirts and 3 sweaters. But I try to keep it close to that so that I’m not hoarding clothing that I never wear. Y’all, I know you have your favorite outfits that you cycle through and then you have those clothes in the back that you hate but you keep in case you run out of clean laundry…
I don’t know about you, but I want to feel good about myself in everything i wear, even if I am just lounging around at home scarfing down nachos. I’m just saying…
Let’s look at a few more tips to help you cultivate that capsule wardrobe.
Consider your laundering habits
Having a 5 piece wardrobe just isn’t going to work if you aren’t committed to doing your laundry more often. Keep it realistic.
I keep enough underwear to last me a week and a day because I know that at least once a week, we do laundry. Adjust it according to your habits. But ya know…also do your laundry. Just kidding. I’m not your mom!
Another tip is not to buy pieces that all have to go to the dry cleaners if it’s unlikely that you’ll take them. Yoohoo, I’m referring to me, the girl too lazy to make a trip out of the house to clean a fancy coat. It’s going in the washing machine, thank you very much.
Coordinate and Strategize
This is the fun part. When you look at your wardrobe staples, it’s up to you what kind of style these pieces have. Many people stick to classic styles and neutral colors so their clothing pieces can coordinate and pair together more.
But you can totally pick a different style and/or color scheme to make it represent you!
The idea is to plan your wardrobe strategically so that all your clothing pieces can create countless combinations. You can avoid becoming bored of wearing the same outfits all the time by changing it up often even with less clothing.
Look at Pinterest or clothing catalogs to get ideas of styles you like.
I have a board here with all kinds of different capsule wardrobes for you to take a look at.
But you do you, boo!
How to Accumulate Pieces your Capsule Wardrobe
Hey, I know it’s not realistic for you to go out there and buy a new wardrobe all in one go. Or maybe you’re floating down an infinite river of cashflow and you can afford to buy a new wardrobe every week. I don’t know your life.
I for real wish Stacey and Clinton from TLC’s What Not to Wear could come back and start handing out credit cards to all of us to buy new clothes. But I haven’t seen them in years. Seriously, where are they now?
Instead here’s some ideas that might be more doable for ya.
Save up, acquire piece by piece, don’t blow all your paycheck on a wardrobe.
Try to find quality pieces that will last a lifetime. Cheap clothing on sale might seem like a steal, but in the long run, you’ll have to replace it sooner.
One of my favorite things to do is shop at thrift stores. You would be surprised what high quality clothing and unique pieces you can find.
Another idea is to shop on Thredup.com. They carry second-hand clothing for huge discounts and sometimes you can find items that still have tags. Check it out! (I am not affiliated with this company, I just honest-to-goodness freaking love it!)
I hope that some of these tips were helpful to those of you seeking to downsize your wardrobe or just be more strategic about clothing purchases!