Your Guide to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

My wardrobe, now tidy
Getting dressed every morning can be a hassle. You either feel like you don’t have anything to wear, or you have too much to choose from. If you wish there were a simpler way, you don’t have to put up with the pain of finding nothing to wear. One of the best solutions is to build yourself a capsule wardrobe.

The concept involves having a collection of items that you love, which you can easily mix and match. So you might have one top that you can match with several different skirts, pants, leggings, jackets, and more. It’s an easier way to put your outfits together in the morning, and even make a quick transformation in the evening. But how do you put one together?

Sort Through Your Current Clothes

The first thing you should do is go through the clothes you already own. You can sort everything into piles depending on whether you want to keep them or not. If you’re having a hard time, you can create a “maybe” section to help you whittle everything down. When you’re thinking about each item, consider whether you have worn it recently. Does it fit you well and do you even like it? Don’t hang onto something just because, when it could be better off going to a new home. When you know what you’re keeping, give the other things away to friends or charity or sell them online.

Decide on Your Essentials

Next you have to decide what you want to have in your capsule wardrobe. Which items are necessary for you? Think about what you normally wear and couldn’t live without. It will be different for everyone. Some might want to have several tunic dresses for women, while others need a few pairs of jeans. But try to have a few different options, instead of lots of the same thing. For example, have some casual jeans, smart jeans, smart pants and smart-casual pants. You can have skirts of varying lengths and styles. Remember you can make something more or less casual by pairing it with something else.

Consider Colours

You don’t want to have a capsule wardrobe full of clashing colours. The more of them you can match, the better. It’s a good idea to start off with neutral shades. You need some whites, blacks and grays, and perhaps some browns and beiges. But you can add in some brighter colours too to make things more interesting. Try to think about shades that compliment each other. You might base your wardrobe on greens and blues, for example.

Practice Matching

Now comes the fun part. When you have gathered some of your essentials together, you can practice creating outfits. Try on some different combinations to create a variety of looks with just a few items. If something seems missing, you might need some extra pieces to tie everything together. It could be something simple, like a white shirt that you can pair with lots of your existing items.

Creating a capsule wardrobe isn’t that hard. Don’t forget to include accessories, however, as they will help you build different outfits.

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