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The Capsule Wardrobe | Getting Started

The Capsule Wardrobe | Getting Started

As many of you are probably aware, one concept taking the style world by storm at the moment is the capsule wardrobe. I’m going to write about the concept in different steps, so I thought I’d begin with a post about why you’d benefit from a capsule wardrobe and how to get started.

Why did I start doing it?

I’ve always had a keen interest in fashion – its history, designers, marketing, production, you name it – I’m very keen to check out the latest trends each season. This translates quite simply to: I shop a lot.

Not only is regular purchasing of another slogan tshirt or pair of jeans inconvenient for your bank balance, but it means that (if you’re as interested in style as I am) you create a wardrobe with a whole load of problems. These include, but are not limited to:
– a wardrobe that is 50% slogan tshirts, 40% high waisted jeans and 10% everything else
– an uninspiring wardrobe which you quickly become bored of
– a whole load of piece which you love but have no idea how to style
– items of clothing that were bought solely so that you have something to go with *those* impulse buys
– a wardrobe that is filled with items that were expensive because they were new in at the time, but they’re now six years old and you’re totally bored of them

As you can imagine, when I found out about a wardrobe formula that would limit my shopping habits and give me a selection of clothing that never goes out of style, I was extremely excited.

So what is a capsule wardrobe?

Susie Faux, an owner of a boutique in the 1970s, created the concept. Its ethos is basically ‘quality over quantity’, which entails buying less items and ensuring each one is actually good quality. I was initially introduced to the idea by Anna; she was inspired to try out the capsule wardrobe lifestyle by Caroline, who explains that her ideal capsule wardrobe is made up of 37 items (it’s important to remember that capsule wardrobes are subjective and yours must be built to suit your lifestyle).

The idea is that if you invest in a couple of quality items which are style classics, you have the perfect foundation on which to build a wardrobe appropriate for every season simply by adding a couple of trend or statement pieces at the start of each season.

What are the benefits?

This is what made me want to start my own capsule wardrobe:
– you’re investing in quality pieces – they’ll last long in terms of both style and durability
– you’re creating a mix and match wardrobe where everything goes with everything – no pressure trying to put together an outfit in the morning before work when you’re still half asleep!
– less pieces means you’re pushed to be more creative in putting together new outfits – each piece is a classic so you know you can’t go wrong
– you have the option to update it each season without the temptation to get a new ‘summer wardrobe’ or ‘winter wardrobe’ – simply pick up one or two items to add a contemporary twist
– as you’re being so picky, your wardrobe is only going to be filled with items that make you feel good when you wear them
– essentially, you’re cutting the tempting capitalist crap out of your shopping habits – what more could you want?

How do I start a capsule wardrobe?

Luckily for you (and me, and pretty much everyone else), Caroline has actually created a capsule wardrobe planner that you can fill in yourself (helpful and therapeutic)! Check it out here.

A breakdown:

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I hope you found this post helpful in creating a wardrobe that helps you to save money and feel more confident in the clothes you own and wear.

Let me know if you already have a capsule wardrobe or you’re keen to start one!

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17 Comments

  1. July 30, 2018 / 11:01 PM

    I am so excited to try out a capsule wardrobe in August! 31 days in the month. 31 pieces. I am only doing a month first – three months seems daunting! Thanks for the recommendations.

    • Nati
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 12:33 PM

      Excited to hear how you find it! x

  2. Emma
    May 30, 2018 / 10:07 AM

    Such a lovely post! I love your passion for fashion 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Emma – http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

    • May 30, 2018 / 11:42 PM

      Aw thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog! X

    • May 26, 2018 / 7:39 PM

      Thank you! Make sure to post about it so I can keep up to date! X

  3. May 26, 2018 / 7:19 PM

    I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, especially because I have a job where I have to dress business casual and doing a bit of a capsule wardrobe for my professional clothes really helped me figure out what was missing in my wardrobe (I didn’t even have a white button down shirt!)

    Great post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

    • May 26, 2018 / 7:40 PM

      Hey Michelle, I’m so glad you like it! It sounds like a capsule wardrobe is perfect for you! Thank you for such a lovely comment!

  4. May 24, 2018 / 7:32 PM

    Dude, this is genius. I think it would work well for me. I live in Florida and have an office job, so there’s like no actual seasons really to worry about. I think I’d be able to build a better wardrobe in the long run this way, and it would force me to get rid of the stuff I already don’t wear.

    • May 24, 2018 / 11:41 PM

      Aww I’m so glad you love the idea as much as I do! It sounds like it would work absolutely perfectly for you- I’d love to read about your experience creating your own capsule wardrobe! Have a lovely weekend x

  5. julietlylillyrose
    May 24, 2018 / 6:18 PM

    This is such a good idea. I tried to pair my wardrobe down but I just love so many of my pieces. I wish to have a capsule wardrobe one day but I’m just not there yet. Thanks for making a short and sweet comprehensive guide!

    • May 24, 2018 / 11:40 PM

      I know exactly what you mean- maybe try doing a little bit at a time rather than one (rather intimidating) massive wardrobe clearout!

  6. May 24, 2018 / 2:45 PM

    I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe but I’m just not sure I could ever actually stick to one! Xx

    • May 24, 2018 / 4:32 PM

      Aww it can definitely be intimidating at first but trust me, it’s worth a shot! Let me know if you decide to try it out- would love to read about your experience! X

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