I have never been good at managing either my wardrobe or my shopping which is why I so often in the past, ended up with a bunch of clothes that I either didn’t use or didn’t want. They where simply all mispurchases full of the same mistakes I continued to make over and over again. I say no more!
Recently I’ve begun reading about capsule wardrobes, mostly inspired by TheAnnaEdit and her constant talk of them on her blog and the joy/freedom that comes with it. It got me interested in the concept and I figured I would try it out for myself.
Apparently having a capsule-based wardrobe produces less waste and is less costly. You won’t have to worry about “never having anything to wear” and as a result be throwing out/recycling as much clothes and you’ll have an easier time managing it thus saving more time overall. And let’s face it, none of us want to spend hours upon hours just to find something nice to wear every day! We have other things to do!
So what you get out of it overall is; A simpler wardrobe, built out of basic items that all sorta fit together one way or another like a giant jigsaw puzzle, sounds heavenly!
Now I know there are certain rules or guidelines if you will, when it comes to capsules wardrobes:
- Choose a colour scheme. This typically involves choosing one or two base colours that go with everything, such as black, white, brown, grey, or navy.
- Consider your body shape. Some cuts of clothing are more flattering than others so it’s important to be mindful of that when shopping for your capsule wardrobe.
- Consider your complexion. Some colours are simply more flattering than others, to both your skin tone as well as your body shape.
- Choose classic shapes and patterns. Picking out items that will never go out of fashion is key to a capsule wardrobe. Ex: Jeans, plain button up shirts, petty coats etc.
- Choose high-quality. Because the idea of a capsule wardrobe is to own a few items of clothing that can be worn in a lot of different ways, it’s important to shop for high-quality items so that they can still be worn years after purchase and still look nice.
I am very loosely going to be following these rules. Though what I’m going to do is take the concept of a capsule wardrobe and try to shape my closet into what I’ve always wanted it to look like. I’m going to take it easy with it, give myself some room to breathe and pretty much shop what I want but at the same time also be concious of my purchases and build up a strong foundation for my wardrobe so that I can use items for longer and avoid wasting both money, time and effort on mispurchases.
I haven’t cleaned out my closet yet for new items and I haven’t bought much else to really get started mostly because I can’t afford to just scrap it all and start fresh. So what I’m going to do instead is introduce it slowly into my wardrobe and make some conscious “capsule wardrobe purchases” the next time I go shopping. Ease myself into it, you know? Hopefully I can stick to it!
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