Want to save time and money? Then you need to create a capsule wardrobe! I'm sure you've read this many times. But do you actually know what a capsule wardrobe is? Do you know how to actually create one? If not then don't worry! I'm going to share with you the easiest and quickest way to start creating your own capsule wardrobe so that you can focus your time and money on the more important things in life.
The term capsule wardrobe was coined by Susie Faux, a boutique owner in the 1970's. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items that don't go out of style, which can be augmented with seasonal pieces. The number of items needed to create a capsule wardrobe can vary from person to person but I recommend starting with 15-20 core pieces that you can build on each season with fashionable items and accessories.
1. To start building a capsule wardrobe, the first thing you need to do is start cleaning out your closet. (I know it's something that we all hate to do, but it really is an important part of the process, and you'll thank me later.) I like to use four piles for my closet detox, keep, recycle, donate, and tailor. The closet detox process can feel very overwhelming for some and you may struggle to let go of pieces, so be patient with yourself, and take regular breaks during the process. If you're really struggling to let go of things then it might be time to call in an expert personal stylist who can help you.
2. Once your closet detox is complete then you can start identifying the staple pieces that you have and what you will need to purchase. Staple pieces include pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, and even shoes. These staple items will need to work well with as many pieces as possible so you'll want to keep them somewhat neutral. Think of staple items as classics that will always be in style, like a black blazer, a white cotton shirt, a little black dress, or a trench coat. You'll also want to pay attention to the quality of the items. Classics were made to last!
3. Once your staple items are in place then each season, you'll be able to bring in trends and colors that reflect your personality. You can add as many or as few items to your wardrobe as your budget allows, but the most important thing is that they work well with the staple items and create a unique look that works well for your lifestyle. Shoes and accessories are not counted in the capsule wardrobe so this can be an easy way to bring out your style personality without having to purchase too many trend items. You'll also be able to switch up the accessories to create a different look for each staple item and take them from day to night with ease.
Want to try it out and see how easy a capsule wardrobe makes things? Then try this simple exercise:
Identify 10 items in your closet that are your staple items. Challenge yourself to wear just these pieces for the next 10 days. Use accessories and seasonal trend items you may have to switch things up each day. You should be able to create 10 different looks with ease. Dressing each day should be simple and not consume too much of your time.
A capsule wardrobe will allow you to spend time focusing on the important things in life and stop wasting time struggling each day trying to figure out what to wear. If you haven't tried it yet, then try it now. Trust me, you'll love it! And don't forget! If you need help creating one then we have a team of certified personal stylists here at The Style Clinic that can help!
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