The minimalist lifestyle and concept of less is more is now gaining traction in our wardrobes. If you are left time and time again of feeling like you have nothing to wear whilst standing in an overfilled wardrobe, than here is your solution. A capsule wardrobe. This is a mini wardrobe compromised of versatile pieces that you 100% love to wear and feel comfortable in and is rotated every 3 months. A capsule wardrobe represents much more than clothing. It represents more time and energy for doing things you love. It also will save you a tonne of money. Below is a guide on how to get started on creating your first capsule wardrobe.
Capsule Wardrobe. Image on Flickr by Geneva Vanderzeil / CC 2.0
Clear out your wardrobe Start by taking everything out of your wardrobe. Lay all of your clothes, jewelry and shoes out on your bed so you can easily see everything. This allows you to look back on what you have spent, what you wear and don’t wear and is a vital step for building a capsule wardrobe.
Sort your items Next you will need to sort each item into 1 of 4 piles. Love, maybe, no and seasonal. The ‘love’ pile should be full of items that fit you perfect right now and suit your lifestyle effortlessly. Put those ones back into your wardrobe. The ‘maybe’ pile should be for items that aren’t perfect right now but you don’t want to throw away just yet. Store those ones in a container somewhere out of the way. The ‘no’ pile is for items you will never wear. Donate them to charity or share with a friend. Seasonal items are self explanatory. You can put those heavy winter coats in storage during summer and vice versa. Continue this process until your bed is clear and everything has been sorted.
Make a list Make a list of 33 items under each category: clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes. Include items you already know you will wear. Including staple items like denim jeans, dresses, t-shirts, bracelets, sunglasses, boots and sandals. Those will become your core items leaving room for more to be added to your capsule wardrobe.
Assess what is left Once you have created your 33 item, minimalist wardrobe, don’t think you have to give up the remaining items just yet. With what is left in your ‘love’ or ‘maybe’ piles, store them in a box or container and hide somewhere out of the way. After 3 months of dressing with your staple items, revisit the items you put in storage. Save them for a future capsule or if you now would put them in your ‘no’ pile then let them go.
Benefits Creating a capsule wardrobe reaps countless benefits. You’ll spend less time and money on clothes and doing laundry, creating more time for things you love. It will also make day-to-day life easier. Getting dressed will be a breeze because you will be wearing items that you love. You will also have a better sense of style about what looks and feels good on you. It will also free up more storage space in your wardrobe for things you actually do need.