We all know the dilemma… you’ve got a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear!
Well not anymore! Here’s how to create you very own capsule winter wardrobe of essential fashion staples for 2019. Follow these simple steps to streamline your wardrobe to a core of 30-40 pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories that will never go out of fashion.
Creating your own capsule wardrobe will help you save time getting ready, create more space for things you love and help you feel more in control of your style. It will also save you money by not buying items that you don’t need!
Step One: Evaluate your style
Everyone will have a different capsule wardrobe depending on their style so first of all, decide which pieces you wear the most and how they enhance your personal style! This will give you an idea of how you want to shape your new capsule wardrobe.
Step Two: Purge
Now it’s time to have a clear out! Set aside some time to go through your clothes, shoes and accessories to re-connect with what you really love wearing. Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” gives us a simple way to do this.
Firstly make a big pile of every piece of clothing you own and completely clear your wardrobe and drawers so that you have a blank canvas to work with. Then, individually evaluate each item in the pile to decide whether you should keep it or let it go. Do this for every piece of clothing, accessory and pair of shoes until you have gone through them all, creating a pile of key pieces to keep and a pile to discard.
If you’re unsure about a certain piece, set it aside to see if it complements your final selection. Remember, the aim is to minimise your wardrobe to 30-40 versatile pieces that you can mix and match to create many different outfits.
Top Tip: Key essentials for your capsule wardrobe:
A capsule wardrobe consists of absolutely everything you would wear on a day to day basis, so it’s important to make sure that you have a suitable outfit for every occasion! Here’s a list of items that are a must for your wardrobe;
Bottoms – Trousers/Jeans/Skirts
Dresses (including going out dresses, like your favourite little black dress!)
Accessories (belts, scarves, gloves etc.)
As well as your must-have clothing, it’s really important to include a selection of accessories that give your everyday outfits a personal touch. This includes your favourite handbags, belts, scarves as well as meaningful jewellery. Remember to keep hold of some basic items that fit you well like t-shirts as these make a great everyday outfit base.
Step Three: Curate
Hang or fold each piece of clothing on your keep list, this is the start of your perfect capsule wardrobe. If you discover a favourite pair of jeans or dress that doesn’t quite fit right, set them aside to get tailored. This is an inexpensive way to give your clothing a new lease of life!
If you have any out-of-season pieces (like your favourite summer dress), fold them away and bring them out when the time is right. Try to keep seasonal pieces to a minimum, only keep what you know you’ll wear now. Remember to go through these pieces each season so you can keep on top of the clothing you have and the clothing you need.
For the pieces that you no longer love, you can donate them to your local charity shop or you can list them on sites like Depop or Ebay. You can even put the money towards some brand new staple pieces that are missing from your wardrobe!
Step Four: Evaluate
Now you’ve whittled everything down to your most loved pieces, you’ll be able to see the additions you need to make your capsule wardrobe complete. Give yourself time to find the perfect additions. Try not to rush into buying these new pieces as impulse buys can lead to bad choices!
Have you got that perfect pair of jeans? Are you missing a casual shirt or a pair of boots? Make a list of the necessary items, so that you can slowly add these to your collection. Here are just a few of the pieces that will instantly elevate your Winter wardrobe.
The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that it should be versatile enough to last season after season, so the quality of each garment is key. The better quality, the longer the piece will last. Think of every piece you buy as an investment piece – if you can’t see yourself wearing it more than a handful of times, it’s not the one for you.
Now you’ve completed curating your perfect capsule wardrobe, you’ll enjoy selecting your outfits quicker while still having plenty of choice. You’ll have more space in your wardrobe, more time in the mornings and plenty of outfit combinations that will elevate your personal style!