How many of us stress when it’s time to pick an outfit for the day? The next time you go to the store you stress buy clothes because you feel like you don’t have enough. I do the same thing, or rather I used to. Six months ago, I started really getting into the minimal lifestyle and did an inventory of my belongings. I went through my entire list and started purging things that were not helpful or necessary and through this process created my own version of the Capsule Wardrobe idea and since then I’ve never looked back. Today I decided to share my little life hack with you in hopes that it may help you destress about your wardrobe dilemmas as much as it has me. So let’s dive right in!
1. Clean out your closet/dresser: this is the most important step and the easiest. So, go through your entire closet, dresser or wherever you store your clothes and take everything out and place them on your bed or floor in a huge pile. (yes, EVERYTHING!)
2. Separate clothes into two piles: this step is the hardest and most time consuming but trust me, you will have the most satisfying feeling in the end. Now you want to have two piles, one for “Love it” pile for all the clothes you absolutely love how you look and feel in. Then a “No” pile…. The rule is if you haven’t worn it in the last year or you do not like how you feel or look in it, it must go… no exceptions!
3. What to do with the piles: now that we have everything divided up we want to take the “No” pile and either donate it to your local shelter or thrift store of choice or there are many online options for reselling if your clothes are in good enough condition.
The “Love it” pile still needs some more love so the next step is to break it up into categories of shoes, socks, underwear, outerwear, tops, bottoms, dresses, workout clothes, nightwear, swimwear, accessories, and bags.
Next, put away your socks, underwear, workout clothes, nightwear, swimwear, accessories, and bags because those are year-round items you may need and will need to be accessible.
4. What to put in your capsule wardrobe: your capsule should contain anywhere from 30-40 pieces of clothes but it’s totally up to you as to what is an acceptable amount of clothes to get you through your work/person week; just keep in mind this is supposed to make your life simple. You should include tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes.
5. How many capsules will you have: Typically, you want to have a different capsule for each season which means you will have 4. If you are just starting it will take some time to build your wardrobe up so for the first year some of your pieces may cross over into other seasons and that is okay but once you have a handle on your capsules you will want to keep them completely separate.
A typical capsule wardrobe runs as such:
Fall- September, October & November.
Winter- December, January & February.
Spring- March, April & May.
Summer- June, July & August.
6. Storage: Storage can be an issue if you have a small closet or don’t have the extra space in your home. An alternative option for this would be to combine the capsules into two and have the months be as follows:
Fall / Winter- September, October, November, December, January, & February.
Spring/ Summer- March, April, May, June, July, & August.
7. No Shopping: This is probably the hardest part for me. The point of the capsule wardrobe is to make life simple and to not have a million pieces of clothes that you don’t love or necessarily like and want to wear. So, the key to it is to not shop once you have the desired number of pieces for your capsule, even if you see that adorable top in Forever 21 and it’s in your size and it’s your favorite color and it would look so cute on you… you MUST RESIST! There is a catch, I have a love/hate relationship with this part of the rules. If you must have that top and absolutely cannot resist the urge you can get it, but you have to donate one of your current tops in your capsule wardrobe to make it balance out. I know, so not fair but if you think about it, it kinda is. You started this to make life simpler and what better way than to keep things even.
8. Shopping: I know, I just said no shopping… what am I doing? So, this part is fun. Two weeks before its time for to start using the next capsule wardrobe you need to go ahead and bring it out and go through the looks and see if any of it is out of style and if you want to donate/sell anything. For every piece, you do retire you can replace it with another new piece…. SHOPPING TIME!
That is all I have for you on Capsule Wardrobes. I hope this helps you in some way and if you do decide to try it out be sure to leave me a comment and let me know if it worked for you or if you changed anything. I’m always looking for ideas to improve it and make it my own so I’d love to hear your thoughts. Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!