(SPOILER ALERT: I am in no way a fashionista, or fashionable in any way).
I never thought I would type this, but less is more. When you get to the ripe old age I am, you acquire some clothes over the years.
It has been a long time coming, but i decided it was time to streamline. You know the feeling? Standing at your wardrobe thinking “I have nothing to wear?” yet the clothes are tumbling out, and the wardrobe is bursting at the seams.
Impulsive purchases, keeping up with trends. Oh damn, it was doing my head in. So much stress, I then stumbled across the Capsule Wardrobe approach and haven’t looked back. A capsule wardrobe consists of clothes that don’t go out of fashion, and the pieces work across most seasons.
It consists of 50 items (this figure is just a guide) and you mix and match these items to create different outfits. They are good quality, timeless pieces. They are pieces of clothing that flatter your figure, and feel good on your skin. It’s all about finding your style and sticking to that. In turn you quit buying impulsive on trend purchases, that you may only wear once or twice.
It’s about having clothes and accessories that fit in to your lifestyle. Sounds pretty great huh?
So how do you create a capsule wardrobe?
Declutter: (be ruthless)
- Clothes you love and wear all the time (Ironed and hung up)
- Clothes you only wear now and again (Ironed and put in another wardrobe or drawer)
- Clothes you never wear (Ironed and sorted either for eBay or the charity shop)
- Clothes you have never worn (Think hard “Will you ever wear it? if the answer is no, then it goes on the eBay pile).
I studied the clothes I loved wearing and started with this as a foundation. I like black a lot, that was a given. I decided that my overall daily style, was smart casual. I then hit Pinterest to source inspiration about creating a capsule wardrobe.
When clothes shopping, I now study every purchase. Do I really need it? Will it work with the other item of clothing’s I have? I would rather have one decent pair of well made jeans that look good and feel comfortable. Than 4 pairs of cheap ones. Even though I love a variety of different clothes and trends, i know deep down certain ones don’t suit me. I don’t feel comfortable in them. Life has taught me i wear them once. Then they get shoved at the back of the wardrobe – never to be seen again.
So in a nut-shell, i now resist and stick to what I know.
Boring, maybe. But overall I have found living with less clothes, and streamlining my wardrobe I save a hell of a lot of time daily. In turn I don’t feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, quite the opposite. I feel content, confident and dare i say it, a tad fashionable.
If creating a capsule wardrobe sounds like something you would be interested in, head over to Pinterest and check out my board – for more information and inspiration.