Wednesday, 9 September 2015

How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe

During my (far too regular) Pinterest sessions, I kept coming across a shit ton of pins about 'capsule wardrobes' - and I was intrigued. For a while now, I've been unhappy with my wardrobe and felt like I didn't really like anything in there and wanted to do something about it. Which is why I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of versatile pieces - all of which you really love. Pieces that you didn't just buy 'cos it was on sale' and you're not just keeping 'incase you lose 10lbs next summer'. It does mean that you may have a much smaller wardrobe, yes, but everything in there will be able to be mixed and matched with each other and put together to create various different outfits. So, I decided to make this a new mission of mine: to get rid of all my old shit and create a dreamy capsule wardrobe. Here's some tips on  how I'm getting started with it...
Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

- Get rid of the crap
Obviously before you start buying all the new clothes, it's probably best to get started by getting rid of all the old crap that you haven't worn in years or had completely forgotten you even owned. I was amazed at how much stuff I'd been storing away which I literally had no intention of ever wearing again. I also had loads of stuff with rips and holes that I obviously couldn't bear to bin. God knows why. 

- Be brutal!
You've got to be be brutal when getting rid of old stuff - it's the only way. Otherwise you'll just end up keeping it all because you've come up with ridiculous excuses as to why you should. I created a pile for the bin, a pile for family/charity shops and a pile to sell on eBay. Anything with rips and tears went straight to the bin, anything that was in pretty good condition but I didn't really wear often/didn't fit I put in a pile to sell and the rest I gave to my family or a charity shop. This has also helped me with getting funds for new stuff as I managed to sell a lot more than I was expecting on eBay! Seriously, anything Topshop that isn't broken will sell on there. Even if you've worn it to death. 

- Look at what you need as well as what you want
Capsule wardrobe or not, there are certain items of clothing that you just need. Like a good winter coat for when it's freezing and pissing it down outside. So make sure you don't throw away everything and, unknowingly, end up leaving yourself with a wardrobe fit for summer but not for the upcoming colder months. 

- Make sure you actually like everything
I can't tell you the amount of times I've exclaimed "I HATE ALL MY CLOTHES" despite having a wardrobe full. It's ridiculous really but, for some reason, I actually don't have that many items I genuinely like or feel comfortable in. That's the main reason I decided to start a capsule wardrobe so I could start properly focusing on buying clothes I actually like rather than what I think is fashionable or would look good for a one-off event. 

- It doesn't have to be that small!
A capsule wardrobe is going to be smaller than a normal wardrobe because it basically begins with you getting rid of stuff and being careful with what you purchase but don't feel limited to a certain number of items. There are pins on Pinterest which state 37 items is an ideal amount for a capsule wardrobe but there's no way I could live by that rule! The aim, for me, is to just like everything in my wardrobe and be able to get use out of everything I own. Rather than buying a dress for one night out and then never wearing it again.

- Really think about what you buy
Now that I've got rid of so much stuff, I want to make sure that I don't end up repeating the process again and only buy things that I actually really love. I'm also setting a bit of a rule where everything I buy needs to be able to be used in at least 3-4 outfits. So, for example, a striped t-shirt can go with basically every pair of jeans I own, pretty much all my skirts, under a pinafore. You get the drift. 

- There are no set rules, really
I've read countless articles on the 'perfect' capsule wardrobe and they all differ because, at the end of the day, it's a wardrobe suited to you. Obviously there will be certain items a lot of people agree on. Like the beauty of a plain white tee that can go with pretty much everything. But there are items of clothing I think are essential which others might not. Eg. I live in jeans. So I need at least 5 pairs to rotate between ideally. Whereas someone else might never wear jeans and prefer to have a variety of skirts to choose from. So I'm trying not to restrict myself too much - just making smarter, more well thought out decisions when it comes to shopping (or so I like to think). 
Capsule Wardrobe Essentials
I've bought a few bits and pieces over the past month, but I think this will definitely be a gradual process - and, perhaps, a bit of an expensive one too (soz bank account). But I really do think it'll be worth it in the long run. I'll probably keep you updated with wardrobe additions as I buy them as I always really like reading posts like this so, hopefully, you guys will too. So keep your eyes peeled for the next installment as I've gone a bit cray cray in ASOS and Topshop recently...
P.S. If you're after a bit of inspo, I did a minimalist wardrobe wishlist last month which has some seriously dreamy items you may or may not be able to resist.

.. S H O P T H E P O S T ..
Would you like to start a capsule wardrobe? Or if you already have, do you have any tips?
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