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.
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.
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?"
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,