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Less Is More: Tips On Creating A Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe with round mirror on the floor and a stool

Overconsumption is real. This year, we’re all about minimalism. No, you don’t need that new trending low-cut jeans which will go out of season in a year. Let’s be honest, you don’t even like the way low-cut jeans look on you, you’re just buying them to fit in.

Take a look at your closet. How do you feel? Do you feel overwhelmed? Is finding that one pair of black jeans in a huge pile of clothing a daily battle? Do you reach out for the same clothes every day with so many clothes just lying around in your closet? Well, if you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to make a change. We’re here to guide you through decluttering your closet so you can make space for the clothes you actually wear!

As Marie Kondo would say ‘Does it spark joy?’ Pick up one piece of clothing and see if it makes you happy. If it has been lying around untouched in your closet for the past three years, chances are you’re never going to wear it again.

No, don’t even think about convincing yourself otherwise. Put that piece of clothing into a donation box and make space for wearable pieces AKA pieces you wear the most.

Now let’s talk about turning your closet into a capsule wardrobe. If you’re unfamiliar with capsule wardrobes, it involves limited amounts of clothes (clothes that match most outfits), and dressing in a way that complements your body.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when building your wardrobe:

Choose and keep your favorites

Two friends examining pieces of clothing they want to keep

It's not necessary to own everything to have it all. Examine the clothes in your closet. Do they match your style, or did you buy them because they were on sale, or because they looked beautiful on someone else in a magazine ad? Give your extras, your ill-fitting pants, and those stylish goods that once made you happy but are now gathering dust in the back of your wardrobe. Wear your favorite outfits every day and keep your wardrobe simple.

Wear what feels right to YOU

I've seen bloggers who are always impeccably coiffed and capsule wardrobe sets that have colors and designs you would never consider combining. Many of them are utterly intimidating and overpowering, yet others of them may be motivating. If you didn't previously dress that way, it's unlikely that you'll maintain it for very long.

Our advice? Go at your own pace. Work with what you have and place more attention on the things that are most important to you than purchasing or fashion. Be content with your attire and disregard fashion trends, advertisements, and other people who seem the way you believe you should.

Create a versatile module

First things first, identify your body type. Then, only buy clothes that complement your body type. Next, create modules with more neutral colors as they’re easier to match. For example, a pair of bright pink pants would be harder to match compared to black pants.

An example module may include:

A single outer layer, such as a cardigan, blazer, denim jacket, etc.

Three tops of any kind, such as a shirt, a vest top, and a blouse.

Two bottoms, such as shorts, a skirt, or pants.

As you begin assembling modules, it's probable that you'll discover that you already own garments that can be given or sold because they don't correspond to your needs anymore. You could also discover that you need to purchase some new fundamental items.

Always have the staples

A capsule wardrobe with grey and white hues

Make sure each module still includes the "basics," such as an essential black t-shirt or a pristine white shirt or blouse. As a result, you'll be able to combine items from several modules to build the most adaptable potential capsule wardrobe.

The neutral colors that make up your basics—such as white, black, grey, nude, and tan—hold each outfit together.

Invest in accessories you can use with every outfit

A decorative plate with gold jewelries on it

Accessories are essential when you're dealing with fewer pieces of clothing since they may assist to dress up an outfit, adding a burst of color, or just switching up your style to keep things fresh. From purses and striking jewelry to hats, belts, and shoes, accessories come in all shapes and sizes.

A capsule wardrobe should contain just those accessories that can be worn with all (or the majority) of your modules. By doing this, you'll not only free up more room in your closet but also save time when deciding which accessories to go with what.

Be picky with the materials

Yes, fast fashion can be cheap and trendy but they usually only last 1 or 2 wears. Don't be afraid to invest a little extra money on some durable essentials because they will serve as the cornerstone of your wardrobe and probably get the most use. Investing in high-quality, durable materials for your clothes goes a long way. You’ll get more use out of it. Remember, quality > quantity,

Do keep in mind that these are just tips and tricks that work for me! A capsule wardrobe shouldn't seem like a chore or prevent you from treating yourself to a new outfit sometimes; rather, it should be enjoyable and allow you to express your creativity.

Although not for everyone, a capsule wardrobe is something to think about if you want to save time and money. Furthermore, it may help you dress better and embrace your particular style in a more environmentally friendly approach.

The idea of minimalism may also assist you in letting go of tangible belongings that are unnecessary so that you can have more time and space for the things that are truly important to you.

That’s all from me today! Until next time.


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