You may have seen in my “A Few Changes” post that I’m in the process of creating a capsule wardrobe. The idea behind it is to create a wardrobe of items that not only work cohesively, but also fit well and are good quality so you don’t feel the need to buy anything else. For me, that is a HUGE challenge because I am a self confessed shopaholic, I have no shame in admitting that. My problem is that I buy items I absolutely love, but don’t think about what items I already have to go with them, usually leading to me having to buy more clothes to go with my new purchase! You see the problem here?
The whole idea is that you have less, but wear more, and get more use out of each item. It also inspires you to aim for quality and not quantity. Sounds great, right? So, I decided to give the capsule wardrobe a go! But this doesn’t just happen overnight, it’s actually a pretty drawn out process in all honesty… But that could be due to me having so many bloody clothes!! Here’s how to create a capsule wardrobe…
Step One: Choose your colour palette
In a capsule wardrobe, you don’t want to have every colour of the rainbow happening simply because most of the colours will clash and you won’t get the most wear from the colour mixture. So, to keep it simple and cohesive, you must first choose your colour palette and stick to that. This will allow you to mix and match all of your items and give you much more to wear come the dreaded morning outfit choosing.
While looking through my items, I found I have a lot of black, white, cream, camel and grey; as well as a lot of stripes! I just love stripes!! I have a few blues and reds too, but mainly in Summer clothes as I like the Nautical style in the summertime. So I decided to stick to my neutral palette and rock that.
Step Two: The clear out
This is the hardest part in my opinion, as I had to go through my whole wardrobe picking out items to keep and items to go. My process was to first take out the Summer clothes as they won’t get worn again until next year, and there’s no point keeping them in the wardrobe when they are not going to be worn. So I separated the winter and summer clothes then started the chuck out.
Summer clothes were put away safely in a drawer ready to be pulled out again once the weather gets warm… Though I fear that will be a long wait ❄️ chucking in a scented item like my apple drawer scenter will ensure the items stay fresh.
I made my decisions based on whether I had worn each item in the last 6 months and if I had more than 3 items to match it with. This actually made it surprisingly easy because I had random tops and skirts which literally didn’t go with anything in my wardrobe so they had to go! I actually managed to throw out quite a bit, which will go to the charity shop or be sold on eBay.
Step 3: Pick out key pieces
It really helps to pick out key items to base your wardrobe around, mainly so you know what you should be styling around. I chose 4 of my key pieces including my Asos black Suede over knee boots, Zara leather skinny trousers, a cosy winter jumper from Mango and a Zara monochrome print blouse.
Step 4: Know what you should have
Every girls winter wardrobe needs certain items. They are:
- Smart jeans
- Casual jeans
- Black skinny jeans/trousers
- Smart trousers
- A smart skirt
- A casual skirt
- Denim shorts
- An LBD
- Smart dress
- Casual dress
- Going out dress
- Casual jumpers
- Smart jumpers
- A white tshirt
- A white blouse/shirt
- A classic trench coat
- A winter coat
- A plain blazer
- A cosy cardigan
- A roll neck top
- Basic tops (vests, tee’s etc)
We also need to think about shoes in relation to the outfits we have now arranged and sorted through. I have put all my summer shoes away, as I did with my clothes, to make space for my winter lovelies! Your winter shoe collection should consist of:
- Knee high boots
- Smart ankle boots
- Casual ankle boots
- Winter boots
- Going out heels
This is my Winter shoe collection. Lots of black, I know, but I like black, and spend a lot of my time in black tights so it makes sense! Obviously, other people may have much more exciting colours!!
Step 5: What’s missing?
Now you have a pretty good idea of what you need in your wardrobe, you can create a list of items you actually need. For example, I started this process and realised my smart black skinny trousers don’t fit anymore, so I replaced them, and my trainers were knackered so I bought a new pair. You only need to purchase what’s missing or what needs replacing, so this keeps your inner shopaholic from going into overdrive!
Step 6: Admire your work!
Now you have created a beautiful, cohesive wardrobe, WOOHOO!! This is a great time to have a look through and imagine all the outfits you can create with ease. I put all my items back in my wardrobe in groups (ie. Skirts together, dresses together, jackets together etc.) so it’s all laid out ready to pluck out outfits quickly and easily.
As you can see, a lot of my items are Stripey, simply because I I just love stripes!! They are my comfort zone, and always make me feel good. But the colours all work together, and I know that I could pick out an outfit so easily. There is one red playsuit in there, that kind of stands out like a sore thumb, but that is my favourite playsuit and I can’t bear to let it go!!
It looks so clean cut, and simple now, I absolutely LOVE it. I am going to stick this set up for the next 3 months and see how it goes. Will I be able to curb my shopaholic ways? Will I feel the need to shop at all? We shall see….
Until then, let me know If you have tried the capsule wardrobe revamp or if this inspires you, keep me updating on your progress!