Have you ever stood in your closet, stared blankly, and thought “I have nothing to wear.” I have struggled with this for the majority of my life! How can I have nothing to wear when my closet is full of clothes? A capsule wardrobe is your solution.
Four years ago I started minimizing my life. I have decluttered my closet countless times. Still, when I would go to my closet to get dressed I could never find anything to wear, and to be honest most of my clothes were random finds that didn’t even go together. It wasn’t until about two years ago I discovered the term capsule wardrobe. The very idea of having a limited number of items that were all cohesive together was intriguing.
Since then, I have been making a conscious effort to buy things that I truly love and are cohesive with the items I already have. It has made my life easier and has been a complete game changer. It takes me 5 minutes to get dressed (insert hallelujah choir) and I’m never staring blankly in my closet, feeling overwhelmed, trying to figure out what to wear.
If you are here reading this and you are tired of never having anything to wear while looking into a closet full of clothing you’re in the right place! I’m going to share with you how to put together a capsule wardrobe thats suits your personal style to make getting dressed in the morning a breeze.
How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
Clear out your closet. Remove every single item from your dresser, closet, even the laundry basket. Don’t forget to breathe! Take a deep breath. It can be quite overwhelming when faced with mountains of clothes, but it will get better.
Start out by separating your clothing into two piles. One for your favorites that you absolutely love and the second pile for everything else. If an item of clothing strikes no emotion, don’t hold onto it. When you are done decluttering put the second pile away somewhere. In your garage, straight to goodwill, whatever it may be, just get it out of your sight. If you aren’t sure what to do with it yet, don’t worry, you can decide later. The goal is just to get everything out that doesn’t need to be in your closet.
Taking into consideration your lifestyle is a big step in this process. If you are a stay at home or work from home mom you won’t have a need for a closet full of professional business clothes and vice versa. Someone who works in an office will need to make sure the pieces they own can go from casual to office-appropriate outfits. Take a good look at the clothes you have to see if they align with your daily activities.
Vision boards are a fantastic way to get inspiration and have get a better idea of your personal style. Pinterest is my favorite platform to search for outfits and save my favorite looks. Be sure to pin only your favorites, keeping in mind the pieces you kept after decluttering and what suits your lifestyle.
This is also a great place to form a color palette. You can stick with neutrals, fill your closet with color, or a balance between the two. I have found it best to choose 3 main colors, 2 neutrals, and 3-4 accent pieces. To provide even more options, you can also extend it to a variety of shades of each color to help mix it up.
Make a list of the things you need to complete your capsule wardrobe as well as the clothing you already have in your favorites pile. Write out what you are wiling to spend on each item you need. If you are wanting to keep the number of items to a minimum be sure to set that limit now.
Don’t worry if you don’t get every item right away. Trying to find everything in a matter of a couple weeks is stressful and you will end up with pieces you don’t love. Take it slow and invest in items you truly love and express your personal style.