- Do you have rails and rails of unworn clothes but still never know what to wear?
- Do you hold on to clothes that don’t fit you in the hope you might one day lose weight?
- Have you lost your confidence when it comes to fashion, for example after having children?
- Does getting dressed in the morning make you feel stressed out?
Then a capsule wardrobe could be the answer for you.
I’m going to take you through the basics of how to start a capsule wardrobe and some of the benefits not only to your life but how it can be a more conscious way to buy clothes for the environment.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
It’s a curated collection of pieces, tailored to your lifestyle that you rotate seasonally.
With a capsule wardrobe you only hold on to clothes that you need, love and wear regularly. You don’t hoard more clothes than you need for just in case.
When you buy less, you can afford to buy better quality items that are designed to last several years. Which means you can look further than cheap, fast fashion and the trendy pieces that come and go with seasons and end up un-worn.
But how to even start?!
The best way to start is to take everything out of your wardrobe and sort into piles of things you love and wear regularly, the yes’s. The things you wear occasionally, the maybes. And the things that don’t fit, itch, make you feel uncomfortable or were just plan impulse purchases that never got worn. These are the nos and you can either sell them on a site like Depop, give them to a grateful friend or relative or donate to a charity.
You should sit down with a pen and paper and note down the types of clothes categories that are relevant to your life for example, office clothes, weekend casual, going out for dinner, smart casual etc… When you’ve covered all of your bases then attempt to sketch out a pie chart showing the percentage of your time you spend in each category. Such as 50% casual, 10% evening wear.
Then go back to your piles of clothes. How do they match up to your pie chart categories? Do you have far too many evening clothes but not enough casual options?
This is where some of the maybes may change to yes’s or nos and you start to write a list of gaps you may have.
Now the fun part
Now you can shop around for items to fill your gaps. But when shopping for capsule wardrobe items remember that everything you buy should be the perfect white t-shirt or the perfect black pencil skirt or the perfect snuggly cream knitted jumper.
Try to keep in mind how you’ll pair each new addition with the things you already own. It can be a good idea to stick to a colour palette with just a few statement items in bold colours to give a basic outfit some interest.
You repeat this process four times a year as the seasons change. Summer into Autumn and Winter into Spring tend to be the biggest shifts with only smaller tweaks needed between the other seasons.
And there we have it
Buy less, wear more.