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How to simplify your routine by building a capsule closet. Read to find out why it’s so liberating!
We’ve all been there: we wake up in the morning and while we are trying to choose our outfit for the day we find ourselves thinking: “I have nothing to wear,” when in fact, our closet is full of clothes. But for some reason we don’t want to wear anything new, we end up putting on the same dress over and over. It doesn’t even matter if you have clothes that still have the tags on them, there are 3 or 4 pieces of clothing that always make us feel pretty and comfortable. But what if all your closet was like that? Wouldn’t it be nice to actually wear the clothes you own?
Having too many items in your closet might not only lead to a cluttered space but also a cluttered mind. If you live in an apartment like me, having clothes pouring out of your closet is not a good idea. You cannot find that little dress you want, you can’t make up your mind on how to combine your outfit for the day and you waste a lot of time. Then you feel like you could use some more clothing and you spend some more money –and the cycle starts all over again. If you could purge your closet and keep it tidy, believe me, it would be way easier to get dressed each day –you would notice that it would take you a whole lot less time and you’d be in control of what you own.
Build a capsule wardrobe. But, what is it? The term ‘capsule wardrobe’ was created by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique in the 1970s. The bottom line is that it is just a cool name for a small collection of versatile clothing that does not go out of fashion and you love.
Why is it so good?
It simplifies your mental space. You’ll have the clothes you love and always want to wear no matter the day or the occasion, they should fit and you should feel comfortable on them and you should be able to put them together easily.
How to build a capsule wardrobe?
Step 1: assess and reduce.
Take some time to pull out the things you know for sure you will never wear again. After doing so, take some time to see if you can donate any piece or sell them –you might as well get some extra money to reinvest! Tip: if you find some item that you used to love and it has a bit of wear and tear, take the time to mend it. Recycling clothes is good for you and the environment as well.
Step 2: define your capsule wardrobe and fill the gaps.
Try to fit the items you have already at home in your capsule wardrobe and assess what you are missing. I would suggest organizing your tasks in the following way:
Select your base color: Black or navy
I recommend choosing between black or navy because they are great to combine with other colors, but you could choose brown as well.
Select a neutral color for essentials
Choose tops and bottoms that are solid colors –black, white, gray, beige– and that are classic pieces that never go out of style. A white button-up shirt, a gray sweater, black skirt will mix well with any of your items. Items to include:
- 5 or 6 tops
- 5 bottoms
- 1 or 2 dresses
If you are missing an item, make sure that before adding any new item to your capsule you consider whether it goes with your other items, the number of outfits you can create with it, if suits you and if it is in accordance with your lifestyle.
Add a few pat statement pieces and layers
Get some statement pieces –something that you absolutely love and define your style. They could be tops, bottoms, skirts or dresses –always make sure they go well with the previous items– that you feel special with. Also, add some blazers, jackets and coats for the winter season and to add texture and color to your capsule.
Choose shoes and accessories
Choose a pair or two in your base color –navy or black–, a nude neutral pair, a casual pair –sneakers–, boots or sandals. Your lifestyle will define the number and type of shoes you need, the latter is how I organize my shoes, but of course, you can remove or add a few items.
For accessories you can choose one or two handbags, black or beige are great because they go well with your outfits, and some statement jewelry or scarves to spice up your style.
Congrats! You have already created your capsule wardrobe!
Choosing carefully the items in my wardrobe has helped me get dressed faster, I have many outfits to wear –and I don’t even need to put them together–, my clothes will never go out of style or look outdated and I now have a neat wardrobe with clothes I always love to wear!