MAPLE LEOPARD: Why You Should Have a Capsule Wardrobe

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why You Should Have a Capsule Wardrobe


Wardrobe overload is a very real thing for us ladies! We've spent years compiling different pieces to build the most chic outfits, and the next thing you know, our closet is overstuffed  with clothes, we can't find the cardigan we bought last April. What if I told you there was a way you could have a several  outfits with limited items of clothing? Don't believe me? Let me tell you about one of the latest  trends in fashion: the capsule wardrobe.

Why a capsule wardrobe?

Capsule wardrobes are meant to keep your wardrobe lean and versatile. By adding creative accents to the staple pieces in your capsule wardrobe, you can make the most out of a small closet. By buying so much less, you girls can spend a little more and go for quality over quantity! I am so guilty of buying too many clothes I got on a cheap deal! My closet is screaming " Clean me out, so you can find something to where!" Ha...Yep too many clothes and can't decide what to wear.

For example, instead of buying three pairs of stiff dress pants, go for a more comfortable option, with high quality dress pants that are made of the same material as yoga pants. Rather than buying new shoes for every occasion, grab some cute boots, a go-to pair of comfy chic sneakers, and something with a little pop instead.

 Getting started

The hardest part about starting your capsule wardrobe will be the initial purging of your closet. They say the only way to eat a whale is one bite at a time. Start by pulling things out of the closet and setting them out in categories. Once you realize how much of everything you have, you'll have to start the process of parting with some of your endeared pieces .

Make the most of your closet when you're getting rid of things. Take your excess clothes to a consignment shop such as:  Plato's Closet. Or if you're feeling more generous, to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Once you've narrowed down your stash, it's time to take a look and start rebuilding! This quick five-step guide will be a huge help in the quest to build out a lean capsule wardrobe.


Why You Should Have a Capsule Wardrobe
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1) Clear out the clutter

Make two piles, one for items you want , and another for those left over. If' it's something you haven't worn in over a year, get rid of it.  Most items in our closet evoke some kind of emotion. If you don't get a warm feeling when you pick it up, probably it's not something you wear a lot.

2) Assess what you have left over

Yay, you made it through the very hard part of getting rid of stuff!  Now with the pile you want to keep, sort it by the colors, styles etc. This way you will start to see a pattern of what you really do like , and it will help you for future shopping purposes.


3) Create a vision board

The best way to do this is surf through Polyvore and Pinterest. This way you will discover your personal style, and what types of themes pop out in regards to:  pattern, color, and fabric.


4) Assess your lifestyle

Sit down and make a list of all the activities you do from day to day.  Do the pieces of your wardrobe fit with everything you do? This will help you build the basis for your capsule wardrobe


5) Complete your capsule

You are close to finishing up!  You should now only have clothes in your closet that you absolutely love.  Now make a check list for the variety of pieces you will need for each activity. If you need help with this task, check out the app and blog by Cladwell.  Alrighty, now you will have a list to go shopping and complete your capsule: No more waking up and saying " What the heck do I wear today?"


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What do you think?

Can you make a capsule wardrobe work for you? It's hard to believe 27 pieces of clothing can make 100 outfits, wowzers! It really is surprising  how far a little creativity will take you. If you're taking the plunge and giving this a try, let me know how it goes!

Have a great week,




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43 comments:

  1. I really love this idea! I've been getting sick of my wardrobe and I tend to wear the same things over and over while everything else sort of just hangs in the closet. I'm moving soon, but this might be something to do before I move, so I can let go of some clothes and pick out new clothes and pieces that I'll actually wear!

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    1. HI Taylor, if you are moving it would be a great time to clean out..I still need to do it!

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  2. I have always wanted to try this, but have never pulled the trigger. Your tips are so helpful though!

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    1. HI Alexandra, I have known about it for awhile, but haven't fully gone through with it yet either!

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  3. I am in love with the concept of capsule wardrobes. I've started slowly working towards one, but I'm on a weight loss journey and don't want to commit to a wardrobe that I will know will change as I continue to lose weight.

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    1. Congrats on the weight loss journey, a big accomplishment.! Yeah I would wait then you can buy all new clothes..yay!

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  4. i have every intention of creating a capsule wardrobes but keep putting it off. thanks for the tips and inspiration to make it happen (:

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    1. Hey Jessica I hear ya..ha I haven't done it yet either...keep meaning to!

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  5. I have been maintaining a capsule wardrobe while I was an expat to cut down on travel costs, and costs in general. Best thing I have ever done, but I could always use tips. Thanks!

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    1. That's so cool Kimberly ...yes so important when traveling..I sure need to cut mind down a lot! Thanks for stopping here@!

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  6. I'm a big fan of capsule wardobes. I'm a minimalist though so it was easy for me. I have to check out those dress pants that feel like yoga pants!

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    1. I need to be more of a minimalist...thanks for the reminder..ha...I need to cut my closet down a lot!

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  7. I've been so curious about starting a capsule wardrobe and began culling through my closet already but haven't gone full speed ahead with it yet. Your tips are so helpful and make it sound much more do-able than I imagine in my head :) Thanks!

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    1. Hi Marlynn...I am at the same place you are ..started but haven't gone all the way through....thanks for stopping here!

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  8. Such great tips, I have been leaning toward a capsule type wardrobe as I get rid of items I dont wear. (Also, did you change the look of your blog? It looks awesome!)

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    1. Hey Lauren!

      I need to do this all the way! I had the logo changed up a bit, so that must be it..! Other than that..no...I need to move to WP..but too scared..I am soo not techy and afraid I will not be blogging at all if I do.

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  9. Great tips! I've heard a lot about wardrobe capsules and have been wanting to start one for myself. I implemented the Konmari method a couple years ago, so I'm already halfway there! :)

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    1. I have heard about the Konmari method...My whole house needs clearing out..want to downsize and sell.too much junk!

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  10. We've been talking about doing this a lot recently. I think we need to make the jump, we both hate having so much stuff!

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    1. I agree ... I need to go all the way with it..I started! Good luck and have a great day!

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  11. This post was super helpful. I am just learning about minimalism and capsule wardrobes. I'll definitely come back to this post when I am reading to figure out my own capsule wardrobe.

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    1. I so agree...I have never been a minimalist but thinking its the way to go, I have to much stuff!

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  12. I working on my wardrobe capsule because I am tired of seeing so many clothes in my closet and dressers. I am investing in more quality pieces instead of things that get ruined so easily.

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    1. Hi Lanae

      I am in the same boat..I buy so many cheap clothes and Have way too much in my closet..time to invest in some pieces that are more quality and have less clothes!

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  13. This is seriously inspiring me to make some major changes to my closet! It's overflowing lately and I hate the clean out process! It would be nice to have good quality pieces and be able to make so many outfits with such few pieces!
    Neelofar
    www.theloveliestlily.com

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    1. Hey There

      So glad it was helpful and inspiring..I need to go full throttle with this too!

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  14. I do have a bad habit of buying nicer clothes even though I'm a SAHM and only get dressed up maybe once a week. So, I love your tip to assess your lifestyle!

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    1. I need to get in your habit more..I go for the cheap stuff and end up with junk that never lasts and too many clothes!

      Thank you Logan and have a great day!

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  15. Wow, such great tips! I am looking to start a vision board soon after reading this post. :)

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  16. I have been wanting to start one! I just haven't made that jump yet. I think I will before Spring!

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    1. I hope you do it..I am still behind on it, thanks for coming by!

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  17. These are great tips! I have a very small amount of closet space, so I am constantly purging to keep it manageable!

    xx nicole
    www.nicoleparise.com

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    1. HI Nicole..awesome..I have a decent size one..sometimes I purge too much..ha!

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  18. Ive been meaning to create a capsule wardrobe for so long! I like you tips especially vision board they would be so useful!

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    1. I am glad it was helpful..best of luck with planning your capsule wardrobe!

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  19. Great tips! I don't technically have a capsule wardrobe, but I have a very limited style so over time I've naturally developed what is essentially a capsule wardrobe.

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    1. That's great Erin, I wish I could say the same..I need to purge big time..ha! Glad you stopped in, have a great weekend!

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  20. Great piece. Especially the five steps and the vision board idea. I am definitely sharing this with my followers! Thank you.

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  21. What a great idea! I've never heard of the term before...but I love any idea that helps me put together ensembles with ease!

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  22. I've thought about trying a capsule wardrobe - maybe for just one season. But I can't seem to pull the trigger! Great post!

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  23. Some great tips here! I have to store my seasons away and drag them out as the weather changes! I always end up with so much stuff being a blogger! Time to get selling! Thank you for linking up to Celebrating Style. I hope you come back x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  24. I've found I've stumbled into a capsule wardrobe and I love it! When my husband and I got married last summer and moved into our first apartment, we began to share a closet and that was the ultimate motivation to purge. :)

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