The Art of a Capsule Wardrobe

Have you ever looked inside your closet & thought, “I have nothing to wear?” [Me too.]

I would be thinking this as I stared blindly at the countless hangers of clothing. The thing was, whenever I would go shopping I had no intention of buying practical items. I would purchase whatever was the best deal! A t-shirt with some cheesy inspirational quote? SOLD! Socks with random designs? “Of course, they are only $5!” A dress with an obnoxious pattern that I’ll wear only one time? “Put it in the bag!” When it comes to fashion, the words: classic, timeless, & quality were NOT in my vocabulary. Not until I discovered capsule wardrobes.

Spring & Summer Clothing

A capsule wardrobe is the concept of creating a multitude of outfits within a set number of items. Some follow the 333 method which is wearing 33 items within a 3 month span. That’s basically saying, each season, you have 33 items to choose from. I myself try not to limit myself to a set number of items. I simply follow the 3 C’s.

Color, Category, & Convenience

Color:

When first creating a capsule wardrobe, I like to make sure I have a base to my color scheme: black, grey, tan & white. These colors to me, create a solid foundation to any outfit.

From there, you can add colors. [I personally love Earth tones: olive green, pale pink & blue]

But I do have a few bonus colors like red & orange that add a bit of spice to my looks.

Category:

Once you have your color scheme, it’s time to categorize by types of items. [ie. t-shirts, blouses, sweaters, cardigans, jeans, trousers, leggings, dresses, athletic wear, coats, socks, undergarments, shoes…etc]

What you choose in your capsule wardrobe is ultimately up to you. Just be sure whatever you decide to keep makes you feel the most confident. No need to hold onto duds.

Convenience:

Now this is the most important part of the process! How many times have you held onto an item of clothing for those “just incase moments?” Or those gifts you’ll never wear because they aren’t your style? [Don’t worry, I’ve been there too].

I like to call this concept Garment Guilt & we don’t need that in our lives.

When you are decluttering your closet & dresser drawers, ask yourself these questions:

When was the last time I wore this?

Is this my style anymore?

Does it fit?

Do I like the color?

Is it worn out?

Does it need tailored? Would I even get it tailored?

Do I love it?

Or do I hate it?

Formal Wear & Shoes
Winter Accessories & Handbags (Baskets: Target.com)

REPEAT AFTER ME: Whatever you love & can’t live without, KEEP IT! Everything else is NEGOTIABLE!

8 thoughts on “The Art of a Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Great post, I’m working on simplifying my wardrobe but I confess it’s grown rather large on my sewing journey. It’s taken me three years to find the perfect shorts pattern. I think capsule wardrobes are excellent but establishing what you are passionate about wearing is a must first step. I think I’ve finally found that, now on to the decluttering.

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