Iwant to build a capsule wardrobe. I have no intention of being a minimalist. I love fashion too much for that! But I do need a more coherent wardrobe. A wardrobe with basics and essentials, ready to build outfits. I struggle with having nothing to wear, which I realized is because I don’t have enough staples. Do you have the same problem? Then let’s build a capsule wardrobe together! But first…
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A Capsule Wardrobe is a collection of essential and classic items you can mix and match. This way, you can create multiple outfits with a smaller selection of clothes. A Capsule Wardrobe is often seasonal , so you’ll have one for spring-summer and fall-winter.
Why do you need one? Well, I need one to minimize decision fatigue and save time in the morning, but there are many reasons why people opt for a Capsule Wardrobe:
- Saves you time
- Less decision fatigue
- More sustainable
- Saves you money
- Wanting to be more minimalist
How to build a capsule wardrobe you’ll love?
Let’s start with a closet detox:
1. Block out time
Be sure to block out enough time in your calendar. Just an hour won’t due. Building a capsule wardrobe isn’t a quick and easy task, but something you need to take your time for. We’re talking about your new wardrobe after all. So, it’s better to block out too much time than too little.
2. Create a Moodboard
Before you can start sorting through your clothes, you need to know your personal style. What do you like to wear? What’s your aesthetic?
I have a Pinterest mood board that I go through every year and update to my current style. This way, I always have a board full of fashion inspiration if I need a refresher. So, if you don’t have one yet, now is the time to create one.
3. To keep or not to keep
Next up is organizing. First, take everything out of your closet and review each item. Put everything you want to keep in one pile, everything you want to donate in another, and everything you’re throwing away in a third pile.
Then, take a look at the keep-pile and sort that into the following categories:
- tops and blouses
- jeans and trousers
- dresses and skirts
If you need more categories, you can ofcourse make them. These are the basic 6 categories, but if you work out a lot, I can understand that you need a section for that too. Having an overview of all the clothes you own, will be very helpful at the end of this Closet Detox.
4. Time to fill the closet
Before you start putting everything back into your closet. Clean it! Your wardrobe is completely empty, so this is the perfect opportunity for a deep clean.
Then, you can start filling up your closet. I suggest putting everything of the current season close by and everything for the other seasons more at the back. It’s currently Fall, so I’m going to put my Fall and Winter clothes at the front and my Summer items at the back.
5. Make a list of the essentials you’re missing
Now, everything is sorted and organized, you can create a list of the essentials you’re missing. The main advantage of a capsule wardrobe is that you always have something to wear. You have the building blocks to create amazing outfits. So, as the last step of part 1 of this series, I’m making a list of all the basic items I’m missing. Next time I’m going shopping, I’ll have a list of everything I need, which will make my shopping trip so much effective.
Part 1 of building a Capsule Wardrobe you’ll love is done! Time to check it off my to-do list. Be sure to take your time for part 1 of this series, because starting with a clean slate is so important when building your dream closet.
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