So, you have made the decision to create a capsule wardrobe (Read what made me decide to create my capsule wardrobe here) and you have cleaned out your closet (haven’t done this yet? See what I did here), now it is time for the fun part, creating your capsule wardrobe!
- The first thing that I did was decided on a color scheme I wanted to go with. This was simple for me because I already noticed a pattern in my clothes. I LOVE gray and already had a TON of it, so this was my starting color. I also knew that I wanted to add some blush to my wardrobe (change it up from the usual black, gray, and white 😉 ). I ended up with lots of white, gray, black, and blush. 🙂 Having a color scheme just makes it so that everything can be interchangeable so you can create multiple outfits with each piece. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy ALL new things to fit your color scheme, just use what you have and maybe add a few pieces of whatever color you want to add. (For example, I REALLY wanted to add blush, so I purchased just two blush colored items.)
- From there, I began first by deciding what I wanted to pull over from my winter to my spring capsule. (There were a few things that I LOVE and wore over and over and I knew that I wanted to continue to have them in my capsule, so these were the ones I chose.) I moved a pair of jeans and about 4 tee shirts.If you are just beginning on your capsule wardrobe journey, they you can skip this step, just know that you DO NOT have to buy a completely new wardrobe every time you change over. I only bought new items because like I mentioned here, nothing fit me after having my son. But if you have items that fit and that you know you LOVE, then there is no need to purchase more (just get rid of the items that don’t fit and that you do not LOVE so you can see those that you do love!)
- The next thing I did was pull the spring items that I had put in storage during my first closet purge. I already knew that everything in storage was either from my “like” or “love” pile, so I began trying everything on to make sure they still fit me comfortably. After trying everything on, I put back the items that still didn’t fit quite right and laid out everything else. Let me just mention, I know I said to get rid of everything that doesn’t fit right, but since I had my son and I am slowly loosing the weight from pregnancy, I did not get rid of all that clothes because I should hopefully fit in them later.
- Now the BEST part! Choosing your wardrobe! It is important to consider your lifestyle before choosing items. I stay home with my son so my goal was to choose clothes that are comfortable and easy to nurse in. I found with my previous capsule that I tend to wear loose tees with skinny jeans or leggings. This time around I added shorts because it is already getting into the 90’s here. I don’t have to dress up a whole lot, because I stay home, but I do like to dress up a little if we are going out somewhere or for church on Sundays. And sometimes it’s just fun to wear a comfortable dress around the house! 🙂 I went with 36 pieces, but this is really up to you. The 36 pieces includes shoes, but not outerwear for me. (My outerwear is simply a lightweight gray jacket and a black cardigan that I wanted to have available to grab on those chilly spring mornings.) DON’T FORGET TO THINK ABOUT THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE!
Here are the items I chose:
*I decided to show you my items simply because as I was researching capsule wardrobes my favorite posts were the ones that had photos of what they chose. They were also the most helpful for me to understand the idea of a capsule wardrobe because I am a visual person. I am not trying to sell anything, no one asked me to advertise for them, and I am not trying to convince you that you need these exact items. Please don’t feel like you need to copy this exactly, if you do choose to do a capsule wardrobe. Your wardrobe needs might be different than mine, so add things that fit your lifestyle. I stay at home with my son and am on the floor playing with him a lot, so I was going for comfort. If you are working in an office, you might have more skirts and blouses and only a few comfy items. Make sure you consider your lifestyle when considering what to include in your capsule wardrobe. But don’t forget about the weekends. You don’t want to only include work wear and then not have more “play” clothes come Saturday. Ok, now on to the items I chose.
So that breaks down to:
- 12 tops (tees & tanks)
- 4 “completers” (chambray shirt & cardigans)
- 3 dresses (these are all super comfy cotton dresses that I can dress up with jewelry and heels or dress down)
- 3 pants
- 2 skirts
- 6 shorts
- 6 shoes
Remember this does not include outerwear. It also does not include any sort of underclothing, pjs, or workout clothes.
- The next step is creating a budget for any new items that you might need to purchase. After choosing the items for your wardrobe from what you already own, then you can look at what might be missing. I ended up buying 4 shirts, 2 dresses, and 3 bottoms simply because I did not have many spring items that fit me after having my son. It seems like a lot, but the whole idea is that I won’t be buying anything at least for the next season (three months). Although, most of these will probably be moved over into my summer capsule as well.
- The last step is to enjoy having a minimal closet that makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier!
So, what do you think? Are you now considering creating a capsule wardrobe? Do you have a ton of clothes but still feel like you have nothing to wear? Do you feel like you’re always spending money on clothes that you hardly wear? Do you want to make getting dressed in the mornings easier? Then try it! I started off with just one season (so three months). Try doing that and see how you like it! Be sure to let me know if you do end up creating a capsule wardrobe and hopefully your mornings will be just a little bit easier! 🙂
With love, Sheila