Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Ever since I heard the term capsule wardrobe a few years ago I was immediately intrigued by it. The idea of having a curated closet that focused on quality over quantity, colors that work together, and choosing slow fashion instead of impulse purchases sounded extremely good.

I have to admit I tried a few times to sit down, take all my clothes from my closet and narrow down the items I had to that magic number that would help me get dressed faster each day. To be honest, I never got to actually do it. There are so many articles out there that cover this topic that I felt completely overwhelmed. Different authors with different rules that I didn’t even know where to start.

It shouldn’t be that difficult, right? In the end, we are only talking about clothes. But what it really comes down to in my opinion is about making the most of the resources we have and not wasting them. It’s about having a clear space where you can get inspired and mostly being aware of what you own.

This month I finally took charge and created my first ever capsule wardrobe. The results? Challenging at first, but oh so fun! I never thought it would make such a difference to have a carefully curated closet. I went from buying individual pieces that I didn’t even know how I was going to wear, to planning each item that goes in, making sure it will match with each item in my closet.

For today’s post, I want to share what I’ve learned so far about how to build a capsule wardrobe in the hopes that it will help you get inspired to start your own.

Do some research

Before taking your clothes out of the closet I recommend doing some research first. Like I mentioned before, there are so many resources available out there that will make the process of building a capsule wardrobe easier.

Sure, this can be an overwhelming task but I believe it’s necessary to find what works for you. A few months ago I stumbled on Jessica Rose William’s blog. She has, in my opinion, the best tips I’ve read on how to build an efficient capsule wardrobe.

What I love about her tips is that she is not focused only on being a minimalist or following a book by the letter, but she shares tips that can work for everyone, making an emphasis in the fact that what works for one person may not work for the other and that’s ok. She also posts about how to make a capsule wardrobe work in different scenarios, such as traveling, which is extremely helpful. Plus, her photos are so beautiful!

So don’t forget… research, research, research.

Make your own rules

Part of what was holding me back before each time I wanted to sit down and plan my capsule wardrobe was the fact that I felt I needed to follow specific rules to make it work. After conducting my research it became an overwhelming process that wasn’t inspiring at all.

The fun part about creating a capsule wardrobe is that you can actually follow your own rules and find what works for you. Once you have found the tips that will make things easier, try and adjust them until you find that magic recipe.

For example, the most popular way of creating a capsule wardrobe is to do it by season. This way you get to have different clothes for each type of weather. This is one of the ideas that I didn’t find so useful. I created instead an all year round capsule wardrobe, which works best for me in this crazy weather we have and makes more sense for me to invest in fewer pieces. But this might not work for you and that’s great as well!

Experiment and have fun until you find your magic recipe.

Choose a color palette

This is where it gets even more interesting. My favorite part about having a capsule wardrobe is that every piece of clothing works with the others, allowing you to put together outfits in no time. This is achieved by defining a color palette as part of the process. You can choose to focus on the neutrals (like me!) or incorporate colorful accents. The important part here is that you follow a cohesive color palette and stick to it.

This also makes thing easier when you go shopping. I don’t know about you but I always feel kind of rushed when I enter a store, I don’t even know where to begin which most of the times ended in me buying something I thought I loved but realized later on it wasn’t a good idea.

Having a color palette for your capsule wardrobe helps to eliminate this feeling since you already know what to buy and even in what color you need it.

Quality over quantity always

This has been a tough lesson for me. I used to fall for the fast fashion, as I recently discovered is called, all the time. You know how it goes – you go shopping, enter your go-to store and see all the latest trends displayed at the front. Next thing you know you absolutely have to buy that floral crop top, that is not necessarily flattering for your figure, only because it’s what everyone out there is wearing (true story).

Of course, once you get home you realize that you don’t even have anything to pair it with and that the quality is less than ideal. I’ll accept it, my mindset when I used to shop was to buy the most pieces I could in one trip. Why should I invest in one quality blouse only when I could buy three from another store? But the truth is that if you buy thinking about price only, you will end up spending even more in the end because eventually, you will need to replace that item.

It’s important to choose quality over quantity when you are creating a capsule wardrobe. Not only this but to also consider the impact on the environment and working conditions from stores you shop from. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on one piece only, but take the time to plan each purchase.

Get creative

One of the best parts about building a capsule wardrobe is that you get the opportunity to experiment with your creativity. You might think that because you have a limited number of clothes you will end up wearing the same outfit over and over again. But trust me, you will be surprised at how diverse a single piece of clothing can be.

What worked for me was to create different outfits using Photoshop with the final pieces on my capsule wardrobe, using a fashion magazine style that can inspire me each time I feel stuck. This works as well when you are narrowing down the items you will be including in your capsule wardrobe and to plan your color palette.

There you have it. This is what I’ve learned so far on how to create a capsule wardrobe. I hope these tips help you get started with your own!

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