How to get started
Capsule Wardrobe– Wardrobe problems are way too real. We buy tons of new clothes and still wear the same old five T-shirts. Our closet is overflowing with clothes and still, we have nothing to wear. We buy different clothes for different occasions and YET when we have to go out somewhere, we can’t decide what to wear!
Almost everybody relates these feelings. And those who don’t are probably too lazy to give a shit about their clothes or are the most sorted out people on this planet. Now if you wanna hate wasting time every time you need to dress up, you gotta become one of those “sorted out people”. How? A Capsule Wardrobe is your saviour!
But what is this Capsule Wardrobe?
It is a minimal wardrobe which consists of only essentials and the things you’d actually wear. It’s a compact wardrobe which has versatile clothes that can be mixed and matched to look diverse.
How to Get Started?
1. Find your Style
This is the first and the most important step. Your wardrobe is filled with clothes you don’t bother to wear. You need to put them away. There are certain items that are your favourites and you usually keep wearing them again and again. Keep them! Now, these clothes that you keep repeating define your style because you feel comfortable and pretty in them.
2. Clear out your Wardrobe
Clearing a wardrobe can be a tough and confusing task. To make this job a little easier, divide your clothes into categories. First of all, take out ALL of your clothes out of your closet. Second of all, start categorising them-
- Essentials- The items which you always wear and can be paired with anything. Put them back into the closet.
- Specials- The items you don’t wear daily but you do wear them on special occasions. Keep them, too.
- Seasonals- The clothes that are seasonal should be packed and stored in a different place. Take them out when the season arrives.
- “Didn’t even know it existed” Items- You should donate them to someone because you’re clearly not gonna wear them ever. They are just taking up space in your closet and wasting your time. If you don’t wanna give them up, an alternative is that you store them somewhere, and if you ever miss any one of these items, you can wear them.
Now that you know your style, you know what kinds of clothes you need to invest in and what kind of clothes you need to stop buying. After figuring this out, create a basic structure for your wardrobe. Make a list of the items that present in your wardrobe and how you can pair them up in different fashions. If you need some inspiration, you can browse lookbooks, follow bloggers and look up at some examples at Pinterest.
Basically, get a picture of how you’re gonna dress up with limited clothes in a creative way in your mind. To do that, you need to choose versatile clothes that can be used in multiple ways.
After the visualising is done, you need to finalise your wardrobe. You got the essentials stuff, looked up on the internet which style you prefer and now you are left with a few items missing that’ll complete your mini wardrobe. The tip is to buy only the important things that can fit in and match perfectly with at least half of your existing clothes. You don’t want to go over the top as your wardrobe will become a mess again. Buy stuff so that your wardrobe can go for 2-3 months and then you can shop for new stuff.