Capsule Wardrobe— For Beginners

I am sure you all are wondering, what the heck is a Capsule Wardrobe???? I stumbled on this idea over on my favorite app— Pinterest!! A Capsule Wardrobe is pretty much having a full wardrobe—– but with items that have been carefully edited with just a hand full of pieces that your truly love. These pieces need to be able to mix and match to create several different outfits that can worn in several different ways.

Let me give you an example: I absolutely love to wear jeans. I pretty much wear jeans every day. I guess you could say, my signature look is a cute top with a good pair of jeans. Before I purged my closet, I probably had 20+ pairs of jeans. (just imagine the amount of closet space all of those jeans took up). I don’t know about you, but I cannot wear all of those pairs of jeans at the same time. So why do I need some many pairs??? I also used to spend so much time, when I was getting ready for the day. I would probably try on 20 pairs of jeans, just to find the exact one that I wanted to wear that day. So when I purged my closet—- I went from having over 20 pairs of jeans, to about 5 pairs. I have 3 pairs of leggings, one pair of the boot-cut, and one pair that has a really great flair. And—– just imagine, I did this with dresses, skirts, shorts, tank tops, T-shirts, undergarments, shoes, etc. I truly edited, and selected pieces that I absolutely love and can’t live without.


How do you create a Capsule Wardrobe?

I do tend to organize spaces throughout my home on a very regular basis. Number one reason why I organize often= I simply enjoy it. I know, that sounds a little silly. But I really do enjoy the whole process of organizing, cleaning, sorting, and putting things back together (where it looks pretty). But let’s get right to it. If you don’t know how to organize a space, let me share with you some of the strategies that can pretty much be used on any organizing project.

  • Completely Empty your space. When I worked on creating a Capsule Wardrobe in my closet, I emptied the entire closet and dresser and had all of my clothes laid out to view and sort.
  • Purge—- Purge —- Purge—- I have gotten into the purging and minimalistic thing throughout my home for years now. I have never regretted something that I have purged. Did I really need 20-30 tank tops?? No— I didn’t

Since I was doing my Wardrobe—- I created 4 different piles. You can create labels with pieces of paper, have separate boxes, or put everything into separate bags. Whatever you use, make sure that you know what pile is what. Here are the 4 piles I typically always use.

  1. Trash —– anything that is damaged with holes and rips, gets the trash. (depending on the material, I have been known to tear up my clothes and re-purpose for cleaning rags.)
  2. Donate —- anything that is in somewhat good condition, that you never wear anymore gets donated. And, I think everyone knows what I am talking about. That sweater that’s been shoved in the back of your closet to be worn “someday”. Nope—- get rid of it. Let someone else have it and bring that sweater back to life.
  3. Sell ——- I save this for my items that are in really good condition. Anything that I think I could make a couple bucks from gets sold. Same rule applies—- if you don’t ever wear it, get rid of it. Let someone else put that clothing item to good use. I typically sell my items at a local consignment shop. I talked a little bit about the whole consignment shop process, here in this post.
  4. Keep-—– these are the pieces that fit you the best, make you feel the best, and accentuate your figure in all the right places. When your creating a Wardrobe Capsule— these are the pieces that will work well with other items and can worn at different times and in different ways. When I sorted out all of my items—- I did try everything on. Your first instinct about whether something looks good on you or not, should be the decision you make. And STICK WITH THAT DECISION. No taking 30 minutes per item to decide. Be Ruthless!! Go with your instincts!!

Let me share a few examples that are created in my wardrobe.

Above: I use the same black tank-top that works with both a skirt and pair of shorts. I know it’s summer time now, but either outfit can be worn on cooler nights by throwing on a cute jean jacket.

Below: The same Green T-shirt can be used with the same pair of shorts (above) or with a pair of leggings and sneakers.

As you can see in the pictures above, I am wearing a couple different pairs of shoes. Depending on the activity you’re doing, depends on what type of shoes that need to be worn. But with having a capsule wardrobe, I don’t have multiple pairs of the same shoe. I pretty much only purchase just 1 type of style shoes, that are classic, built well, and I will never get tired of. All of my shoes, I typically stick with neutral colors, so they can be mixed and matched with different outfits and always look great. I try my best to also stick with neutral colors for my clothing items as well. I know that might sound a little boring. But wearing items that are neutral, that look great on you, will give you a look that’s classic and timeless. Don’t get me wrong, I do have items that have a little more flair and color. But the biggest portion of my wardrobe is mixed with neutral colors.

Same rules apply for my hand-bags. I only have a hand full of bags that look great, for the occasion. Here I have my carry-all bag when I’m headed out with the kids. I originally got this bag from Babies -R-Us— a few years ago. I love this bag so much because not only is it functional for me and the kids, but it can be worn in a few different ways. (in a neutral color)

My most recent bag that is my favorite— My camera bag!! Again its in a neutral color and functions great.

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Camer Bag Link= here

Did you spot that cute little clutch I had with my Black Tank-top and White shorts? It’s in a neutral color, so it can be mixed with pretty much any outfit. You can carry it headed to grab a cup of coffee with your friends, or use it when headed out for a night on the town. You will spot that same clutch below.

Purchase What Makes you Feel Great

Here is a dress that I recently picked up while shopping at Target. I probably didn’t need another dress. But when I tried this dress on, it made me feel so great about myself both inside and out. This dress is comfortable enough to wear during the day, and cute enough to wear at night. The best part I loved about this dress was the price tag!! I got it for under 30$.

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Here is a link for the dress= Stripped Dress I absolutely love the cute little cut-outs on the sides.

Here is a link to a similar earrings= Flower Stud Earrings


Color Scheme for Creating a Classic and Timeless Wardrobe

  • Black ——– black is certainly one of my “go-to colors. I typically save this for big-ticket items, such as a leather jacket, boots, and sandals.
  • White ——- always an easy color that goes great with everything.
  • Grey——— I typically stick with a light gray. Something Earthy
  • Beige——- Earthy Tone
  • Brown—— Earthy Tone
  • Green—— Again— Earthy Tone…. (look to mother nature as a guide)
  • Blue——– I typically stick to Steel Blue or Navy Blue in this color group.
  • Blush—– has recently been labeled a neutral color. It’s been popping up everywhere in homes and on front doors. It’s that really soft shade of pink that will work great with just about everything. I have this color spread throughout my home!

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It’s true about what they say, when you want inspiration for what to wear—– just look at the items you have created and love within your home.

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Ever since I started to create this wardrobe capsule, it’s really helped me to shop with more intention. No more blowing money on multiple items of the same thing. No more spending hours in front of the mirror trying to figure out what outfit to wear. No more trying to force myself to wear clothing items that don’t fit me that great just because it’s in my closet. If you take any information away from this blog post—– I mainly want you to just love the things you wear. Isn’t that what clothes are for anyway?? Help you look good and feel good about yourself both inside and out.

xoxo

Denise

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