If you’re like most women, you probably have a lot of clothes that you never wear. You might feel like you don’t have anything to wear, or you might feel stressed out when getting dressed in the morning. This is because your wardrobe is cluttered and full of items that don’t fit your current lifestyle or personal style. I’m right there with you, Sister! A capsule wardrobe can solve all of these problems! In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of creating a capsule wardrobe and how to start one.
Please don’t freak out, I haven’t gone full-out minimal! I’ve purged a ton but still have a closet and dresser and shelves full of clothes because, honestly, it can feel overwhelming. So recently, I decided to put a little plan together on paper, well, virtually, to help narrow things down in my mind and to see if I can even begin to think about a capsule wardrobe on some level.
And you know what, I think I might be able to do this…at least in one section of my closet! 😉
What is a capsule wardrobe, and what are the benefits?
A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items that fit your current lifestyle and personal style. It can help you save time and money, and reduce stress when getting dressed in the morning. Capsule wardrobes are also great for people who want to simplify their lives or downsize their closets.
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How to start a capsule wardrobe
1. Decide the period you want to create your capsule wardrobe for.
One for each season, or even 30 days at a time?
2. Evaluate your current wardrobe.
The first step to creating a capsule wardrobe is to evaluate your current wardrobe. Take inventory of the clothes you have, and ask yourself the following questions:
-Do the clothes fit my current lifestyle and personal style?
-Do the clothes I have represent my personal style?
-Do the clothes I have make me feel confident and comfortable?
-Do the clothes I have make me happy?
3. Purge your wardrobe of items that don’t fit.
Once you have evaluated your wardrobe, purge it of any items that don’t fit your current lifestyle or personal style. This might include clothes that are too small or too large, or clothes that you no longer wear.
4. Create categories for your capsule wardrobe.
Next, create categories for your capsule wardrobe. This might include categories such as “work attire,” “weekend attire,” “dressy attire,” etc. Perhaps you can even baby-step into a capsule wardrobe by creating Mini Capsule Wardrobes for each category.
5. Choose clothing items that fit within the categories you created.
Choose clothing items that fit within the categories you created. Make sure that all of the clothing items in each category are versatile and can be worn in multiple different ways.
6. Edit and refine your capsule wardrobe over time.
The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that it can be edited and refined over time. As your lifestyle changes, you can add or remove clothing items from your capsule wardrobe to reflect those changes.
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Tips for creating a capsule wardrobe that works for you
1. Choose the clothes that you want to keep.
2. Sort these clothes into categories (e.g., pants, blouses, skirts, dresses).
3. Choose the clothes that best represent your current lifestyle and personal style.
4. Create several outfits with these clothes (including accessories).
5. Store the rest of your clothes in a storage container, a different section of your closet, or another closet in your house. Or, if you’re really committed, donate the rest to charity.
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I’ll admit I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I feel a little overwhelmed thinking about it. However, I take great inspiration from other capsule wardrobes I’ve seen on Pinterest, so I thought, why not create my own “on paper” first? That’s when I created a graphic using exact pieces similar to what I already own or things on my fall shopping wishlist.
Since I’ve been a Vionic Shoes ambassador for the fall and winter seasons, I featured three of the styles of shoes I styled and loved this fall; but again, add the shoes you love to wear with yours.
I also created graphics of outfit inspiration from only these items, and I could have kept going. So while I haven’t paired my closet to include only these items, I can see that I could get by with fewer clothes items.
I did a capsule wardrobe for a month once, and it was fine, but I was kind of tired of it by the end. I am about to do another one. I have gained some weight and while I am pretty good at camouflaging it, I just don’t feel good. I have been spending a lot of time in pajama pants 🤦♀️ I was determined not to buy bigger pants, but we had to go to a conference, and I just couldn’t sit all day in pants that were too tight! My daughter said “Mom, Your clothes should fit your body… your body shouldn’t have to fit your clothes.” So I bought one pair of skinny jeans in a bigger size, and they felt so good! So while I am working on shedding some of my unhealthy pounds, I am going to put together a capsule wardrobe that FITS the body I have! And if i lose the weight, then great! But if I don’t, that will be ok too! At least my clothes won’t be hurting me any more and I will feel good! Thank you for the way you inspire us!!