In my previous post I talked about why I love having a capsule wardrobe. You can check that out here. But how do you create a functional capsule wardrobe?
Creating a capsule wardrobe is really simple. First, go through the clothes in your closet. Take everything out of the closet. Create a keep pile, donate/sell pile and out of season pile. When deciding whether to keep or get rid of an item ask yourself: 1. Does it fit? 2. Do I love it? 3. How do I feel when I wear it? I challenged myself to only keep items I loved! And I try not to buy anything unless I Love it. If I’m having a hard time trying to decide whether to buy or not then I don’t love it enough and put it back!
Store away your out of season pile and get rid of the donate/sell pile. This part might seem hard at first. Especially if you are used to hoarding clothes! But I promise after you try it once you will be hooked! Just writing this post is reminding me how excited I am to go through and get my summer capsule set up and my fall/spring stuff out of the way (having a baby put me a little behind on a few things). If you are a little leery of getting rid of your clothes create a maybe pile and just throw them in a box out of the way while you give the capsule wardrobe a try. It’s an easy way to test it without fully committing. Just remember to get rid of the stuff in the box once you fall in love with the capsule wardrobe way!
Once you have cleaned out your closet you should have only clothes that fit, that you love and that are in season. Figure out what you currently have and then go shopping for items you need. Some people like to set a number on the items of clothes they keep for their wardrobe. I didn’t feel I needed to do that, but if you want more of a challenge go for it! The capsule includes tops, bottoms, outer wear and shoes. It does not include underwear or accessories.
Think about what you may need. Do you work? Are you a stay at home mom? Do you go to fancy places frequently? I’m a stay at home mom so a lot of my clothes are comfy “momiforms” . Merrick’s art has examples of cute momiforms. I love her effortless style so check it out! I also attend church each Sunday and wanted more dressy pieces to wear there.
When I start to put my capsule together I create a new pinterest board like this one. This was one I created while I was pregnant. I gather the looks that I like which helps define your style. Look for common things. For example I repeatedly pinned black leather jacket looks, maxi dresses and stripes! So I know that’s what I want to include in my capsule. I then would shop online. I usually create a secret pinterest board for my capsule buys. I pin all items directly from the store site. In the description I put the price and the store name. When I feel like I have shopped enough I look at my buy board and weed things out-I don’t need 5 black striped shirts. This allows you to see what you “have” before purchasing. If you are like me before I started a capsule wardrobe you go shopping and buy things only to get home and realize you ended up with a lot of the same thing! This allows you to avoid that and see your capsule as a whole (remember to keep in mind the clothes you already have after cleaning out your closet!). Most capsule wardrobes are monochromatic so that just about every piece matches with every other piece. This does not mean you can not have patterns or everything has to be plain Jane! Stripes and florals can be worn together! It’s one of my favorite combos! Merrick’s art gives a great guide to mixing patterns here.
Once you have your capsule set up the challenge is to not shop until the next season when you put your new capsule together. Give it a try!! See what you think! You won’t know if you like it until you try it!