If you have a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear this article is perfect for you. I will show you step-by-step how to build a spectacular capsule wardrobe and as a bonus, give you a Capsule Wardrobe Planner as an extra resource so that you can write it all down.
So, what do I mean by a capsule wardrobe? It’s simply a well-organized wardrobe containing your favorite pieces, ones that you can wear over and over again without much thought. A capsule wardrobe makes life easier because it provides you with multiple outfits. Although it contains fewer pieces, each one is well thought out and of high quality.
Many times we buy clothes that excite us at first, but after one wearing they end up at the back of the closet. How can we make our wardrobe more functional, yet still exciting?
Building a more conscious wardrobe doesn’t mean it has to be boring. It can also be colorful and stylish.
By taking these steps you’ll be able to:
- Reorganize and declutter your closet
- Discover your personal style
- Learn how to plan new purchases
- Develop the right color palette for your wardrobe
Let’s do this!
#1. Take everything out of your closet, YES EVERYTHING.
Throw everything on your bed. Take each piece, analyze it and toss it into one of three different piles on the floor. One for clothes that you love and wear all the time, another for clothes that you love but won’t wear this season and the other for clothes that you haven’t worn in a long time, that are old or do not fit you anymore.
#2. Assign a destiny to each pile of clothes.
The destiny of the first pile, the clothes that you love: YOUR CLOSET. These pieces will stick with you forever and will form the basis of your newly organized wardrobe.
The destiny of the second pile, the clothes that you won’t be wearing now: in a suitcase or in bags stored outside of your closet. You’ll get them back next season.
The destiny of the clothes that you never wear: the ones that are in good condition, give to your friends, sell or donate. You can use the money to buy new pieces. The ones that are really old or in a bad state can perhaps get new life. Look for someone that does upcycling. Maybe these pieces can be worn again.
Or, get creative and try to make something new out of an old piece. Maybe you can find a new hobby. J Just avoid having them end up in a landfill if possible.
#3. Understand your personal style.
Observe the pieces that you put back in your closet because they are the ones that reveal your true style.
What do they represent? A minimal style? Bold colors? Neutral colors? Chic? Casual?
Now that you can see what you really like and wear in your daily life you can develop your personal style from that point on.
#4. Plan your new capsule wardrobe purchases with my planner
The fun part: the new acquisitions. To build a capsule wardrobe that is practical but has the variety you need, you must buy the right key pieces.
Do you have way more tops than bottoms? Then you may need more bottoms.
You’d love to have more skirts but end up buying more pants? Then try on multiple styles of skirts to find a style that adapts well to your daily needs.
Your capsule wardrobe is personal and will allow you to showcase your personality.
You’ll wear this capsule wardrobe over and over again so you need a balanced number of bottoms and tops so you can create multiple looks with fewer clothes.
You can pick a number of pieces per seasonal capsule. This number can start from 20 and go up to as many as you need.
My number is 40 and I don’t include pajamas or any sports clothes.
Read after this article on wardrobe essentials to find out all the clothes you need all year round and download my Free Capsule Wardrobe Planner to build a functional wardrobe.
#5. Choose the right colors.
Knowing how to choose the right colors for your wardrobe is very important because it will allow you to extend the number of outfits to a maximum.
As an example, here’s my winter capsule:
I like a colorful wardrobe (hey, Donna Colori), but I see the beauty in a functional wardrobe with neutral colors. It’s possible to build a beautiful wardrobe color palette with only neutrals.
to download a complete Guide + Workbook so you can discover your best colors through a seasonal color analysis. includes 12 color palettes and instructions on how to create your own personal color palette.
#6. Go on a conscious shopping trip.
As you build your capsule wardrobe you’ll discover your true personal style.
You won’t want to clutter your wardrobe again, #konmari that, hon.
Let’s make a checklist to avoid new clutter:
– know in advance what key pieces you’ll need
– stick to the number of pieces that are part of you capsule wardrobe
– keep a color palette so you have a balanced wardrobe
– know which materials you love
– know what patterns you want included
Go through these points on the checklist and write everything down so you can shop consciously for your new pieces. Choose pieces you love that truly give you a personal style. If possible buy from ethical and sustainable brands. I have a list of resources where you can find ethical brands and inspiration on my Free Capsule Wardrobe Planner.
The main goal of a capsule wardrobe is to help you get rid of clutter and only keep the things that make you happy.
#7. Don’t buy any new clothes until next season.
After you have the final version of your capsule wardrobe, you may still feel like you need to purchase more clothes. Don’t. It’s our consumerism habit talking. If you fall for it you’ll be back to having a cluttered closet. Wait a few weeks. If it’s an item that’s really lacking in your closet and it will complete your capsule, then buy it.
The waiting period teaches you the difference between impulse buying and buying for your needs.
With a capsule wardrobe you only need to buy things again when the next season rolls around. The method will be the same, although the number of tops and bottoms may vary.
A capsule wardrobe it’s the best option to save you time and money and keep style. With my organizing method you’ll have multiple looks with fewer clothes. Invest in quality, because you’ll wear your new pieces forever and use my Free Capsule Wardrobe Planner so you can write it all down.
You won’t sacrifice style with fewer pieces. The opposite. 🙂
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