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How to Curate a Capsule Wardrobe of your Own

Welcome to the world of capsule wardrobes, where less is more and versatility reigns supreme. If you're tired of a cluttered closet and spending precious time each morning pondering what to wear, it's time to embrace the concept of a capsule wardrobe. Throughout this post, I'll provide you with the necessary steps needed to build your own capsule wardrobe that reflects your unique style and body shape and supports your lifestyle.

Let's dive in!

First things first, what exactly is a capsule wardrobe? And what is it important?

A capsule wardrobe is a carefully curated collection of essential clothing pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. It typically consists of a limited number of high-quality, versatile items that reflect your personal style and can be worn interchangeably throughout different seasons.

The concept of a capsule wardrobe revolves around the idea of owning fewer, but well-chosen, pieces that you truly love, fit you well and that work well together. By focusing on quality over quantity, you can streamline your wardrobe and eliminate the clutter of items you rarely wear or that don't align with your style.

There is no one size fits all capsule wardrobe, but the benefits of curating one will always be the same. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. Simplified Decision-Making: With a curated collection of clothing that works well together, you'll spend less time agonizing over what to wear each day. Every piece in your capsule wardrobe is chosen intentionally, making it easier to put together stylish outfits effortlessly.

2. Cost-Effective: Investing in quality, versatile pieces for your capsule wardrobe can save you money in the long run. Rather than constantly buying trendy, short-lived items, you'll focus on timeless classics that can be worn season after season.

3. Increased Confidence: When your wardrobe consists of items that make you feel great, you'll naturally experience a boost in confidence. With a capsule wardrobe, you can trust that you always have stylish and flattering options available, empowering you to step out with confidence in any situation.

Now that you have a clear understanding of what a capsule wardrobe actually is, let's talk about what needs to be done BEFORE you curate a capsule wardrobe of your own.

Asses your lifestyle, personality and body shape

1. Identify your lifestyle needs: Consider your daily activities, work requirements, and social engagements. Determine the types of outfits that align with your lifestyle demands.

2. Uncover your personal style: Explore your preferences, inspirations, and the image you want to project through your clothing choices. Discover key elements that define your style identity.

3. Define your unique body shape: Take your measurements, confirm your proportions and define your unique body shape. This will help you to confirm which styles will flatter your shape best.

Tip: You'll want to take your measurements and define your body shape every quarter to stay up to date with your sizes and fit

Now, let's curate your capsule wardrobe

1. Define your color story: Choose a cohesive color story that complements your skin tone, preferences, and versatility goals.

Here are different types of colors you can consider adding into your wardrobe:

  • Dark neutrals

  • Light neutrals

  • Jewel tones

  • Pastels

  • Bold/bright colors

  • Metallic colors

Tip: I would suggest selecting no more than 5-6 colors to incorporate into your wardrobe to keep it cohesive

You can also include patterns into your color story:

  • Animal prints

  • Solids

  • Stripes

  • Abstract prints

  • Graphic prints

  • Floral prints

  • Polka dots

  • Check

  • Paisley

2. Select foundational pieces: These are basic items help to set a strong foundation for every women's capsule wardrobe. These pieces can be classic items like t-shirt, tanks, jeans and slacks to name a few.

3. Incorporate statement pieces: These pieces are usually fun and have unique details that really showcase your personality. I like to think of statement pieces as conversation starters.

4. Include versatile accessories: Accessories really help to complete your overall look. From jewelry to bags and shoes to hats; accessories add the perfect finishing touch.

5. Consider seasonality: Depending on where you live, you'll want to curate a wardrobe around the weather. If you live in a state with all 4 seasons, you'll want to be intentional about adding in pieces that work for hot, warm, cold and chilly climates.

Let's talk about maintaining your capsule wardrobe

Establish a shopping strategy: It's important to always shop with a plan. Most women tend to only shop when they need something, not realizing that when they do, they're forced to sometimes settle for items they don't love and that they may only wear one time. So always go in with a plan and be okay if you don't actually find what you're looking for.

Edit and declutter your existing wardrobe: You'll want to refresh your wardrobe every season. This means replacing worn out items, removing items that no longer fit and getting items dry cleaned or tailored, if necessary.

Emphasize the concept of intentional additions: You'll also want to be intentional about what you're shopping for and adding into your wardrobe. If you don't see yourself wearing an items more than once and in a variety of ways, I wouldn't suggest buying it.

Congratulations on taking the first step towards building your very own capsule wardrobe! By streamlining your closet, you're embarking on a journey towards effortless style, increased confidence, and a more sustainable approach to fashion.

Remember, building a capsule wardrobe is a process that evolves over time, so enjoy the journey and embrace the freedom of a simplified, yet stylish, wardrobe. Get ready to experience the transformative power of a well-curated collection of clothes that truly reflect your unique personality and lifestyle.

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Sep 01, 2023
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I’ve been contemplating creating a seasonal wardrobe capsule for some time. THIS blog made me sign the dotted line! I’m excited to put these tips to use and report back. Thank you!

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Hey hey! I'm soo glad that this blog post inspired you to start your capsule wardrobe journey. Can't wait to hear how it's going!

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