Are you looking to revamp your wardrobe? To make use of every piece of clothing you own? To have less, but be happy with the “more” that you can get out of your clothes?
Those were the very questions that I was looking to answer when I decided to create a capsule wardrobe. Building a capsule wardrobe is going to look different for everyone. Just look below. Here are some examples from others who have built a capsule wardrobe:
- simple and basic coordinating clothes that are essential to YOU
- Ask yourself:
- Whatever is left, is what you have to work with for your capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe will not work if your closet and drawers are filled with clothes that you will never wear again, need fixing, or just plain do not fit.
- Where do you spend most of your hours and what are you doing? Working? Working out? In an office? Working around the home? Sitting and crawling around on the floor with the kids? Wherever or whatever you spend most of your time doing, is what you should center you capsule wardrobe around. So, make a list of your activities in order of most often to least.
- Do you have enough clothing for each season?
- Does each piece pair with another?
- What pieces of clothing do you need yet to make it well-rounded?
- Make a list of what you need yet.
- I am not ashamed to admit that I like finding a good deal. Clearance racks are pretty fun to peruse through for me. The thing is, it is easy to buy cheap in price, but also sacrifice quality at the same time. Don’t get me wrong! YOU CAN FIND CHEAP WITHOUT SACRIFICING QUALITY! One thing about a capsule wardrobe is that the quality of clothes you have can make a difference. I am not saying that you need to buy all name-brand clothing. What I am saying is that if you plan and hope to use a piece of clothing for multiple outfits, investing in a higher quality will make it last longer. For instance, I have an Under Armour spring-type jacket that I have had for 8 years. I was not going to buy it because of the price tag, but my husband convinced that I will get my use out of it. He was exactly right. I still wear it every week to this day. Times that by 52 weeks in a year and times that by 8 years. No need to do the math. It was worth the purchase.
- My sister once told me a good rule of thumb. Think of a dollar per wear. For example, if a shirt cost $50, will you wear it 50 times? If a shirt costs $10, will it only last 10 wears? That has really offered some perspective for me in buying clothes.
Now the fun part…actually CREATING the wardrobe:
7. Enjoy mixing and matching, wearing clothes that define and are essential to YOU. It might help to write down what goes with those favorite pieces of clothing you have. For example, if you have a pair of skinnys, boots, and favorite tank top or shirt, what else can you pair with it? A cardigan? Blazer? Sweater?
- Make a list of all of the clothes you have and what you can pair with what.
Now it’s your time to enjoy spending less time trying to decide what to wear. Enjoy spending less since you have all you need for the time being. Enjoy living with less.
If you are looking to start your own capsule wardrobe, hopefully this gives you some ideas on how to do so. Again, there is no magic number of items you should have in my mind because everyone is different. Everyone has a different “living with less” mentality. In my final post about capsule wardrobes, I will explain what my personal wardrobe looks like.