How to build a capsule wardrobe

Hello guys! As well as last week’s blog post on my designer wishlist being super requested, you were also very keen to see a capsule wardrobe themed post, so I thought I’d discuss that today.

I’ve spent the past few years learning the capsule lifestyle both from reading and listening to others talk about the subject, and from personal experience too. My own process has been both a challenge and a reward from time to time, yet overall I’m happy with the clothes that I have and they all fit my lifestyle, taste, and my body of course.

So what is a capsule wardrobe you might be thinking? Well, a capsule wardrobe can be altered to fit anyone that chooses to have it, but the overall process of it is to curate your wardrobe to be functional and suitable for yourself, without being excessive in size or containing masses of untouched pieces.

Basically, it’s going through your wardrobe and not just picking out what you like and don’t like, but what you wear regularly and what you no longer have a purpose for.

Now the actual vision of a capsule wardrobe can change from person to person. There’s the 333 guide online which is developed from ‘back in the day’ when the average woman would have 33 pieces in her wardrobe to suit the climate and her lifestyle. Hypothetically, you could put that down to 11 tops, 11 bottoms and 11 miscellaneous items to mix it up.

The numbers can differ to your preference, if you’re just starting and you’ve got an overflowing wardrobe that you’re struggling to shrink down, you could go to 50 pieces and split it up however you want.

let’s say you’re a student in England who goes out occasionally, with a taste for darker colours and minimal faff: you might want to focus on everyday items that you could also dress up or down for going into uni or going to the pub. If you’ve got a bright green hoodie that you never wear because you don’t like wearing much colour, it’s not worth keeping. That piece could be passed on to a friend or family member or even onto depop or a charity shop where someone else would want to wear it everyday.

Or what if you’re a person in their 30’s with a full time office job and you want to keep those few items for when there’s a special occasion? Focus on the types of pieces you enjoy wearing every week and feel comfortable wearing for long hours, and invest in those types of pieces if you feel like you could do with more variation of that particular garment and you know you’d get your wear out of it.

Keeping the odd piece here and there for those special events that don’t correlate with your day to day style is totally understandable and practical, but let go of that dress you’ve had for way too long to remember and hasn’t fit you in about half of that.

Once you’ve organised what works for you, you now have the chance to find those key pieces that work for you if there are any gaps in your wardrobe. If you mainly stick to particular colours then feel free to add in a skirt that you think would work greatly with the majority of the tops that you’d already own.

The process should be exciting and relieving so don’t feel pressured to get your wardrobe to a particular size or feel like you need to do it all in one weekend, it’s pieces that you’ll wear for years to come so take your time and enjoy curating your own wardrobe.

If you are interested in the capsule wardrobe lifestyle and you’re considering giving it a go yet you’re having some doubts or feel like it’s a bit of a hassle, it’s worth it. Yes you might have to take an hour out of your week to really figure out your wardrobe, but that time quickly gets added up when you’re thinking of what to wear whilst staring at hundreds of pieces that you don’t wear.

Thanks for reading, I really hope that you’ve taken something from this post and that I’ve explained the topic well enough for those asking for it!

Thanks again,

Sophie

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