How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You

I will upset many people with this statement, but I don't think we can have a positive relationship with fashion until we find our personal style. When we're following trends blindly or we're doing retail shopping, we're not mindful with our purchases. That's why we end up with a full closet, but with nothing to wear. Finding your personal style can be quite daunting, which is why I think that creating a capsule wardrobe is the perfect way to start. It will save you money, time and energy if you're doing it correctly.

There are many useful posts out there, and maybe a stylist might help you more. But I wanted to bring my love of sustainable fashion into the mix, and give it my own spin. I am not here to tell you to buy all the neutrals in Zara. No, we want to stay away from fast fashion and focus on ethical consumerism. Maybe you'll realise that you can curate a capsule wardrobe with what you already have in your closet. Also, as a vintage lover, I truly believe that capsule wardrobes mean more than just greys and browns. Without any further ado, let's get into it.

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1.Shop you closet
As I've just mentioned above, first you'll want to declutter your wardrobe. Be brutal and don't keep things that no longer fit or are in poor condition. Donate what you can and repurpose what's not fixable. Try to keep the items that make you look and feel good.

2. Know your shape and measurements 
Fast fashion is guilty of many things, one of them being a ridiculous size system. In one store you'll be an S, in another an M or even L. How can a size 10 and 12 both be considered Ms? We're constantly made to feel insecure because we don't fit into these size boxes. Which is why it's so important to know your measurements. That way you're not stressing if you're considered a medium or large. Also, know your body shape and dress accordingly! I have a pear shape, which means I have a narrow upper body part, but big hips and bum. I need proportion, which is why I have to balance my upper part. 

3.Dress for your lifestyle 
This is something that sometimes gets ignored when you're looking at advice about capsule wardrobes. Many dress for the life they want, not the one they have. And that's just cluttering your space. For instance, you'll often see pencil skirts or pumps as recommendations. But I am a stay-at-home mom, I live mainly in leggings and T-shirts/sweatshirts. It would be useless to keep clothes suitable for a corporate lifestyle when that's not what I want.

4. Pick a colour palette that suits you
All the fashion experts will tell you to invest in neutrals, which is solid advice. But I don't think that a capsule wardrobe needs to consist of boring clothes. You buy neutrals because they go with everything. But if you get clothes in the same colour palette, that works as well, and it's more fun. For instance, I like my reds, oranges and pinks. When you put them together, they complement each other. You can also go for various shades of blue or even pastels. Try to have fun and don't feel too restricted.

5. Avoid synthetics 
I don't like synthetic materials for a bunch of reasons. Most of them feel icky, and they don't wash very well. Why buy something that will last a couple of months only? Obviously, there are exceptions, but those are rare. If you can, invest in organic cotton and wool, hemp, recycled leather or linen.

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6. Quality over quantity 
When we buy fast fashion, we buy cheap quality for the most part. Some items are good, and I have had Primark T-Shirts that lasted ages. But it's like gambling, you never know what you'll get. I want to say that many don't have this privilege, and that's OK, I am not judging. But if you can, buy from sustainable brands or choose second-hand.

7. Use Pinterest for inspiration 
Pinterest is great for everything, and that's something we can all agree on. I like to search recipes, self-care tips and fashion inspiration. If you'll search capsule wardrobe you'll find tonnes of suggestions, and you can use those to see what will work for you or not. 

I was thinking about doing a checklist as well, but my life is far from glamorous right not. At the moment, it's the leggings and sweatshirts life for me. I have some going out clothes, but not too many. I haven't counted, but I believe it is less than 40 items. Also, that number was never important for me anyway. Whether you have 20 or 50 items, just make sure they're suited for you and your lifestyle. 


1 comment

  1. Lots of great tips here! I absolutely agree with quality over quantity and buying classic versus trendy. Thanks for the reminder to clean out my closet once again!