Psst…I’m gonna let you in on a little secret stylists have known for some time. It’s a remedy to your closet woes and clutter. One that will cure you of your overspending and lack of outfits.
Build a capsule wardrobe.
Some of you may be thinking…Huh? This “inside” buzzword in the world of styling, refers to your closet go-to’s. These are things you wear all the time that can easily be mixed and matched with other items. Building a capsule of these key pieces is a way of minimizing your wardrobe into a small collection of clothes you love and actually wear!
The term “capsule wardrobe” was first coined in the seventies by London boutique owner, Susie Faux. The goal is to simplify your closet and life. The less clutter you have and money you spend on the extra stuff the happier you’ll be. Less is more.
Care to give it a go?
The Key Ingredients: Back to Basics
Here are some general rules to follow:
- Scale Down: About 30-40 items. Includes clothes, shoes and outerwear. Pajamas, accessories, fitness apparel and special-occasion outfits are not included.
- Shop by season: The items should last you a season (about 3 months) until you’ll need to refresh.
- Simplify: You want to minimize. Store or donate what you don’t need.
The Closet Cleanse: Discovering Your Personal Style
One of the exciting things about my own closet cleanse was what I learned about my wardrobe. The holes that needed filling in my closet (what I needed but didn’t have) and my personal style (the things I gravitate to).
Get down and strip down to the essentials. It’s important that you be honest with yourself when decluttering your closet. Remember, you want a working wardrobe and pieces you’re going to love yourself in.
First step, divide and conquer! Separate your clothes into three piles: Never wear, Sometimes wear, Often wear. Donate what you don’t wear. Are there items in your “sometimes” pile that don’t fit? Give them away. If you love an item from this pile it’s likely you don’t have anything to pair it with. Put it aside for now, this might actually go with something from your “often wear” pile. If not, make a note of what’s missing to grab on your next shopping trip.
Here comes the fun part, start pairing things together from the group of clothes you wear often. Sometimes it’s hard to visualize what you want and need for your closet. A stylist can help you ask the right questions and hone in on your personal style. They’ll show you what the holes are in your wardrobe and what fits you best. You’ll be surprised with how many outfits you come up with! And those outfits, madame, will make up your capsule wardrobe. And the best part is you won’t spend a dime! You can add to these key pieces as the seasons change.
Here’s a glimpse of some outfits I put together from the capsule wardrobe I built during my closet overhaul.
The Shopping Diet: Build Around Your Lifestyle and Budget
Having a better understanding of what you need and want will help curb your clothes spending and keep you from buying things that will sit in your closet and take up space. When shopping think about your lifestyle and ask yourself, what do I feel most comfortable in during the week and on the weekends? What fabrics are easiest for me to care for? Maybe it’s not in your budget to go shopping. That’s okay, just hold off until you start planning for the next season. Typically you should update with a few trendy pieces and seasonal items 2-3 times a year. Before you go shopping set a realistic budget for yourself and know exactly what you’re looking for. Don’t feel like you have to buy everything your first trip. Buy quality not quantity. Take your time finding what you really want. Seeking advice from someone who is knowledgeable to help guide you in the process of refining your wardrobe can pay off! Susie Faux explains in her blog, often “when people feel they’ve over-bought, it’s generally because they’ve gone shopping without a good plan and budget for what they need.” Your aim is to find clothes that showcase your true beauty and what you have to offer the world.
Cheers to a healthier wardrobe and a fabulous you!