The phrase capsule wardrobe is something that is becoming more and more popular and may be sparking an interest in you, but what is a capsule wardrobe? Where do I start? Why have a capsule wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is actually very simple to do, that is the overall point of a capsule wardrobe…to make your life simpler. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items that can be easily paired together and that meet a variety of needs. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to simplify your closet with every season, to what you actually need and will actually wear. It sounds scary to simplify your closest, but you are not getting rid of all of your clothing, rather just setting some aside. A capsule wardrobe is perfect for those of you who seem to have grown an attachment to your articles of clothing, even though you may never wear some of your clothing, or it may even still have tags on it, for some reason you just can’t let go of it. Creating a capsule wardrobe will first and foremost create less laundry, and rid you of that ten minutes you stand in front of your closet every morning trying to sift through a closet of jam packed clothes, most of which you know you aren’t going to wear.
Getting Started: First you need to strip your wardrobe of all of the stuff you never wear. If you know you are never going to wear something, set it aside in a pile that you can donate. This pile should include things that don’t fit you anymore and things that are just not your style (for example if you haven’t worn it in the last year…you don’t need it). I know I said you didn’t have to get rid of your clothes, but you can get rid of a few! Donate and let someone else get use out of them. Now you are ready to get started with your base wardrobe. Your base wardrobe is different than your capsule wardrobe, as your capsule wardrobe will change with the seasons, your base wardrobe will not so choose wisely. Your base wardrobe should include items that you may not wear on a day to day basis, but that you need. For example, workout clothes, lounge clothes, outerwear and formal accessories. It is a good idea to store your base wardrobe in a separate place than your capsule wardrobe. You’re base wardrobe should include 9 tops, 5 bottoms and 5 pairs of shoes. Remember that your base wardrobe does not change throughout the year, so make sure to chose items that can be layered for all seasons, especially if you workout outside.
Building your capsule wardrobe: This will be where you get your day-to-day outfits from. First you need to identify yourself and your lifestyle with three primary outfit categories, a few examples include: work, dressy, fun, lounge, casual. Really think about your lifestyle and the day to day activities that you are involved in. Now that you have identified your lifestyle into three categories, begin selecting clothing; 9 tops, 5 bottoms and 5 pairs of shoes. Make sure to choose items that will be useful to the categories that you identified with, choose items based on how well they fit you and how well you could make an outfit out of them based on the other pieces you are choosing. All of the items you choose should make you happy to wear at any given moment. Don’t waste space with things you won’t wear.
Enjoy the simplicity: That’s it! Capsule wardrobes are all about simplicity, your mornings will be much less stressful without extra clothing items that you haven’t worn in two years. Change your capsule wardrobe to accommodate the seasons, so remember all of the clothes you did not choose for this seasons capsule, store away in some form of storage and begin to create a new capsule as the seasons change. Your small capsule wardrobe will push your creativity as you learn to mix and match more and utilize anything from your base wardrobe as well.