If you are overwhelmed with closet chaos or just curious about the benefits of dressing with less and simplifying your wardrobe, this article will help you build a capsule wardrobe.
Wondering what a capsule wardrobe is? It is collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential. It comprises mainly 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.
Why should you build a capsule wardrobe?
It reduces decision fatigue. Deciding what to wear requires mental energy better spent on other things. Instead of trying on several outfits getting ready in the morning in hopes of finding the perfect thing to wear, curate a small capsule wardrobe. Then there are no daily decisions required. You get to wear your favorite things every day.
Now we get to the interesting part. How to build a capsule wardrobe;
First of all, put all of your clothes, accessories, jewelry, and shoes on your bed. All of it. If it’s on your bed, you’ll be motivated to finish the project before bedtime.
Seeing what you have is an important step in building a capsule wardrobe. Look at what you’ve acquired, what you’ve spent, and what you never wear. It might make you laugh or cry, but either way, you’ll never want to do this again.
Move the clothes on your bed to piles on the floor with a ruthless first pass sort. Don’t give it too much thought, just go with your first reaction. Sort items into the following piles:
- Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
- Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (you know you have those items)
- Donate: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
- Trash: These items are in poor condition. (re-purpose if possible)
Keep going until your bed is clear.
Make a list of your 'love and maybe' items by category. Start with the items you already use every day, and your go-to clothing items. This list may change over time as seasons change, or work/life situations change.
The following things should start your list:
- simple t-shirt or v-neck
- button down shirt
- walking shoes
That’s 13 core items, so you should have room for another 11 items. A typical collection breaks down to 24 items of clothing including outerwear, 2 jewelry pieces, 5 accessories, and 4 pair of shoes.
After a few months of dressing with less, revisit the items you chose to box up and use them for a future capsule. Start your capsule wardrobe with All She Needs!
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