Capsule Wardrobes are creating a bit of a buzz lately and here at MTA we can see why. Simple, essential and easy are the words that come to mind when thinking about a capsule wardrobe and putting one together. The point of one is to create outfits suitable for any life event or occasion without owning unnecessary items of clothing… 37 pieces at a time.
How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe:
– First things first it’s time to clean out your closet, take every single item of clothing out and choose 5 items that you can’t live without. This is your style, this shows you what fabrics, colours, patterns and trends you gravitate towards. The rest of your clothes can be sorted into these 4 piles: love it now, love it sometimes, love it never and love it seasonally.
– The next step is to choose your 37 items out of your love it pile. You can choose a little less or a little more than 37 to give yourself some options. Assess what you have and for a little while really wear the love it clothes that you put back into your wardrobe and figure out why you love them. Try not to go on any shopping sprees even though you probably feel like your wardrobe is empty and you have nothing to wear!
– Learn from and make a list of the few items you may be missing from your capsule wardrobe that help make outfits such as basic pieces and embellishments like accessories.
– Create as many outfits as you can from the items you own in your capsule wardrobe. Spend an afternoon trying on the different things you have in your ‘love it’ collection.
‘A capsule wardobe is made up of 37 pieces and can be rotated and interchanged according to the season. It includes tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes and outerwear.’
Benefits of Having a Capsule Wardrobe:
After having what I like to call a ‘de-stash’ or a ‘de-haul’ over the last 6 months my wardrobe is looking as empty as it has ever been in my life… but every single item of clothing in it fits me, is frequently worn and well loved. It has been a long process however a capsule wardrobe is rewarding in so many ways.
– It saves you money. You have everything you need and as you can always find something to wear it is incredibly easy to choose an outfit for a date, a night out with the girls and sunday brunch with mum. Everything is already set out for you. You don’t need to spend money on extra clothing items or accessories.
– Cleaning out your wardrobe and taking control of what you buy and what’s in it makes you feel good, clears out space and creates change.
– It represents ‘less’: less clothes, less time spent deciding on what to wear and less washing to do!
– It makes you think: one of the quotes I came across when researching and finding out more about a capsule wardrobe was this ‘I realised I wasn’t shopping for clothes — I was shopping for happiness.’ it definitely made me think hard about what I was buying and what I owned when half of my wardrobe I would buy to fix a bad mood or get the gratification of buying something new.
– It helps you find your style: When you have to make your wardrobe minimal and only keep what you need and couldn’t live without it shows you the key pieces that are important to you, your confidence and it represents your style.
– It shows you that although shopping, clothing and buying new things will forever be fun, Happiness doesn’t come from an accumulation of items.
Are you going to take on the challenge of creating a capsule wardrobe?
If you’re interested in more about capsule wardrobes here is the post that inspired me to try it out!
When Bethany isn't writing lifestyle or fashion content here on More Than Adored you'll most likely find her chilling at the beach. Bethany pens her own personal beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog Little White Lane and is also over on Twitter!