According to Caroline, capsule wardrobe blogger at www.un-fancy.com, a capsule wardrobe is essentially a smaller version of your closet but with pieces you actually love and wear all the time. You need a summer capsule wardrobe if you’re always struggling with what to wear in the morning. A summer capsule wardrobe will help solve that dilemma because you will always have the pieces you love available and outfits pre-planned. Watch out for a post with my current rack filled with summer pieces!
Here are the steps you can take to downsizing your wardrobe and creating the perfect summer capsule wardrobe:
Determine your go-to style
Are there 5 or 10 outfit combinations you constantly find yourself reaching for? What do they have in common? Are there certain pieces you are the most comfortable in? Start with those. Identify the common silhouettes, colours and styles.
Another way to figure out your personal style is to empty out your closet and slowly start to put outfits together while you fill it back up. Only put back the pieces you absolutely love, wear all the time and can create multiple outfits with.
Determine your *realistic* budget
Go through your old receipts or e-statements for one whole season and figure out how much money you truly want to spend. Based on this number make a realistic budget of what you are willing to spend per season on your wardrobe. Research brands whose price point falls into your range. Remember to buy less but better (quality).
Buy a little, keep a lot
Sometimes we get carried away with the decluttering stage of building a capsule wardrobe. Don’t toss it (recycle or re-sell), if you think you are likely to wear the piece in the near future. The idea is to reduce the need to over-consume. So if you will have to re-buy the piece later, just keep it in your closet. There is no set number of articles of clothing that make up a capsule wardrobe, do what works for your lifestyle.
Quality not Quantity
One of the core tenants of a capsule wardrobe is to have fewer items that you will wear more frequently. This means choosing higher quality pieces that can stand up to 100 wears (and washes) instead of the average 4-7 (fast-fashion you’re killing us). In the end you will find quality items that work with your budget, not against. For example, a $200 dress may be worn 100 times, so each wear is $2. A $20 fast fashion dress may be bought for a single occasion and be worn once or twice before being tossed so each wear is $10.
Like it states above there is no set number of items you need to have in a capsule wardrobe but, try and make sure you have enough outfits for everyday of the week plus a couple of extra, and basic add-ons such as, a light jacket or a vintage denim jacket.
You can make your capsule wardrobe just for summer or have a one year round. I find it easier to have a year-round capsule wardrobe because basic some items like a black t-shirt, or black jeans I can wear no matter the season and style them differently.
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