How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe
If your closet is overflowing with clothes, but you still can’t find anything to wear, it is probably time to create a capsule wardrobe. Doing so will make a positive difference to how good you look and may save you money. It will definitely save you time!
It is perfectly possible to dress well using only 30 items or so, all of which you can easily pick up from somewhere like fashionworld.co.uk. You just need to be organised and maybe take a bit more time when selecting your clothes when you shop.
- Assess what you already own
Start by pulling everything out of your wardrobe and assessing what you already own. If anything looks worse for wear, dispose of it at your local fabric recycling facility. If you find any items that you are not likely to want to wear again, donate these to a charity or sell them on eBay. At this stage, you need to be ruthless, if you are not you will not succeed in your endeavour.
As you go, create a pile of clothes you absolutely love. Items that fit you perfectly and that you still wear regularly. In the other pile put your “maybe” clothes. These are items you feel you want to keep for some reason even though you are not sure why.
Now you have fewer items you can start to work out the different outfits you can create using them. If any items remain unused at this stage, put them on the floor. The chances are you do not actually need them.
At this stage, it can be helpful to take a snap of each outfit. This will provide you with a handy reference point.
- Make sure you have the outfits you need
Now that you have a good idea of what you already have you can start filling in the gaps. Think about each activity you typically do during a typical season. Include things like the school run, work or drinks with friends. Basically, note down anything you do on a fairly regular basis.
The idea is that you match outfits to activities. Doing this is an efficient way to identify the gaps in your wardrobe, so that you can fill them. When you do this, do not forget to include accessories, jewellery, underwear and footwear in the equation.
You also need to assess whether you have enough of each item. For example, if you tend to only wear jeans at the weekend, you can easily get away with just owning one, maybe two pairs. However, if you wear them for virtually everything, you may need three pairs. One set to wear, another in the wash and a spare pair just in case of accidents. If you have kids, you definitely need a spare pair!
- Buy carefully in the future
The above process is fairly simple and logical. The tricky bit is filling in the gaps with the right clothes and buying the right items in the future. Do not worry too much because you will soon learn to stick to a specific colour or tone palette so that everything you own is interchangeable.
Looking at outfits that other people create using capsule wardrobe principles will help you a lot. You can find lots of great examples and ideas, by clicking here.
Here on A Mum Reviews, there are quite a few articles on the subject of fashion and clothes. If you have found the above useful you may like to go to the fashion section of this website and read more. As you will see here, men’s clothing is also covered.