Capsule wardrobes are perfect for those who are looking to save money and time. You can read about why I decided to create a capsule wardrobe here. There are a lot of different guides that can be found online. I’ve combined a few to come up with how I will be doing this. Below are the guidelines I followed to create my capsule wardrobe. Feel free to change anything to best meet your needs!
1. Organize Your Closet
The first thing I did was go through my closet and separate my clothes into three piles based on whether or not I wore it. If it was a no, I donated it. If it was a maybe, I brought it to my parent’s house and stored it there (perks of being in college: extra storage). You can also put it in a box under your bed or in the attic. Whatever you do, put those clothes away. If later on you realize you want to wear that clothing item from the maybe pile, bring it out and put it in your closet. Chances are, you will forget about the clothes you stored away. After you have separated out the no pile and maybe pile, all the clothes you have left belong in your closet.
Here is the most important part: if there are clothes in your closet that do not fit right, that are itchy, that are not comfortable, that are stained, that have a hole in it, that are in any way not something you would feel 100% comfortable wearing, put it in the maybe pile and store it away. Trust me on this. Even if you paid a lot for it and it still has the price tag on it, put it in the maybe pile. You will be doing yourself a favor in the long run!
2. Choose Your Colors
Once you have gotten your clothes all sorted out, you are ready to start thinking more about what will go into your capsule wardrobe. Your capsule wardrobe will consist of lots of neutral pieces. These can be t-shirts, blouses, and tanks all in white, black, and another neutral color like navy or tan. If you only have these neutral pieces, your wardrobe can get boring so it’s important to think about your accent color or colors. Create a color scheme with one to three colors that go together. There’s a good chance your closet already has one or two colors that stick out which will make this easier!
For me, my accent color is maroon and my color scheme will include maroon and blush tones. I was born and raised an Aggie and I now call Texas A&M my home. As a result, I think it is safe to say half of my closet is maroon. Anytime I’m out shopping, I get to the dressing room and realize that everything I’ve pulled is maroon. I don’t even mean to, it just happens! While it is a good idea to have these accent colors, you by no means have to get rid of all of your clothes that either aren’t neutral or aren’t in your color scheme. I have many shirts that I love, but they are yellow or blue. I will be keeping these, but in the future, I will only buy clothes that fit into the color scheme of my capsule wardrobe.
You can make your accent colors and color scheme whatever you want. Your color scheme could be warm colors, cool colors, pastels bright colors, anything you want! Maybe you want pastels in the spring and bright colors in the summer. Or maybe you want neutrals year round. Whatever your style is, you can bring that into a capsule wardrobe. Don’t forget about prints! They can add variety to your wardrobe while still staying in your color scheme.
3. Add Your Lifestyle
Another important thing to think about is what your lifestyle requires in your capsule wardrobe.I’m in college and spend a good amount of my time in Nike shorts and a big t-shirt. I don’t need anything too fancy in my capsule wardrobe. But, if you’re in the ‘real world’ and need business clothes for your job, your capsule wardrobe is going to look a lot different from mine. To make your capsule wardrobe fit to your lifestyle, you may choose to include or exclude certain things.
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4. What to Leave Out
I’m not going to be including workout clothes, Nike shorts, or t-shirts in my capsule wardrobe. I wear these almost every day and I don’t feel that I need to limit this category. Still, I’m going to go through and get rid of any I don’t wear (I may or may not hoard t-shirts). I’m also not going to be including formal dresses or my nice high heels that I could use for banquets and such. These dresses and shoes are reserved for special occasions so even though I don’t wear them often, it’s important to have a few nice options.
Now that we’ve got our clothes sorted as well as our color and lifestyle needs figured out, the next step is deciding whether or not to include accessories in our capsule wardrobe. I will be including accessories like shoes, scarves, purses, and jewelry in my capsule wardrobe for the sake of packing for study abroad in the spring. However, since my shoes and jewelry are currently part of the decorations in my room, I’m not going to be putting any away just yet.
Let’s review! Separate your clothes based on whether or not you actually wear it. The no pile gets donated, the maybe pile gets put away, and the yes pile gets put in your closet. Next, pick your color scheme, lifestyle requirements, and what you won’t include in your capsule wardrobe.
Ideally, you would want to only wear the pieces in your closet for a season or about three months. However, if you don’t have enough neutral pieces, feel free to go buy a few and add them in! After three months, you will get a better idea of what you need to make your capsule wardrobe functional. After you’ve done all of this, you’re ready to begin your new life as the owner of a capsule wardrobe!
One last note on shopping. This is supposed to save money so the idea is no shopping for a completely new wardrobe each season! You have all your basics and you won’t need to add much. When you do go shopping for a season, only buy a few new pieces and whatever new pieces you buy HAVE TO replace something in your capsule wardrobe. Remember, the idea is keeping your capsule wardrobe minimal.
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