I recently created a capsule wardrobe. “What is a capsule wardrobe?”, I hear you cry! Well, simply put, it is a wardrobe of relatively few items that all (or mostly) go well together. You should have lots of neutral colours like black, grey, white and creams. Then you need to work out a few colours that will be your accent colours. Pick colours that suit you. (If you aren’t sure, Colour Me Beautiful is a good place to start.) I discovered that my colours are bright red, purple, peacock blue and turquoise-green. These became the accent colours for my capsule wardrobe.
What are the pros and cons of creating a capsule wardrobe?
Well, the pros are that you are meant to reduce your wardrobe to a much smaller, more manageable size (say 30-50 pieces, not including underwear, PJs and socks) which can be very hard for some people. However the benefits are three-fold: firstly, you do not need as much space to hang your clothes so it is great for students and travellers. Secondly, having less clothes means taking less time to decide what to wear in the morning, which means you get more time in bed. Thirdly, because nearly all the outfit pieces go with each other, you have many more combinations than you would expect from so few items!
How long does it take to create? How do I do it?
Anything from three days to three years. You can start the process by dividing your entire load of clothes into three piles: keep, donate, recycle. Keep only those that you absolutely wear and that fit you well. You will want to donate those items that no longer fit, that you never have a chance to wear or that don’t make your heart sing. Then you will want to recycle those items that have been a little too well-loved and are worn out. Try to get your wardrobe down to under 50 items. This could take you a day or a week to do. Only you will know!
Once you have done this, sort through and put away the items that are neutral colours: black, grey, white and creams. Then you will be left with the colours that are your current accent colours. See if you still like these and try to get these colours down to just two to five colours.
The last step is to create a list of what is missing. You might have given away your only pair of shorts. Or you might not have enough underwear. Whatever it is, write it down on a list and then go shopping. Only buy what is on the list!!! (This is important!)
The most important part of creating a capsule wardrobe is that you are becoming a minimalist. This means you should aim to not just buy whatever, whenever you seen it. Once you have your capsule wardrobe, enforce the ‘one in, one out’ rule. If you buy something already have in mind what you will donate from your wardrobe in exchange. This helps to keep things under wraps and also helps make sure you aren’t breaking your closet every time you try to take out your outfits!