Building A Capsule Wardrobe, The Right Way:
Before we start with building a capsule wardrobe for ourselves. Here’s what you need to know about a ‘capsule wardrobe’. The British fashion icon Susie Faux pioneered the concept in the 1970s, where the focus was to have a collection of 30-40 practical and versatile pieces of clothing to create an entire wardrobe for a season.
While the concept isn’t all-new, in today’s day and age of fast fashion. This term represents a shift in thinking about how we wear clothes that could inspire important changes in our habits.
Guide To How You Can Start Building a Capsule Wardrobe, The Right Way, Right Away
- Ask yourself these 2 main important questions – what do you want to express about yourself through your personal style. Also what part(s) of your daily routine has a major impact on your style? Try to evaluate and analyze the kind of lifestyle you want to have/are in.
- Create an inspiration board on any form of digital media, preferably Pinterest to understand your style and aesthetic. Start saving outfit options and ideas on the very board. This will serve as a visual guide for you to follow through your wardrobe building process.
- Assess what you already have by evaluating your closet. This is important because you need to see where your lifestyle lies. The most popular way to evaluate your closet right now would be Marie Kondo’s way. That only keeps items that spark joy.
- Use the inspiration board trick and closet assessment to form a list. Only very essential pieces you want to keep in your capsule wardrobe. Maintain an inventory of what you already have and what you would need to purchase (only if it’s really necessary). This kind of checklist will turn out to be useful so that you don’t fall prey to frequent shopping. We suggest you take your time with this one and put more focus on classic and timeless pieces.
- Once the list is done, set a budget before you wander off on a hopping trip for those really necessary items you need. Try to match your taste with your funds and you’ll end up with good quality items in your wardrobe.
- Create a tiny list of brands you would love to purchase from and see what all you can afford from those. This short list is going to come in handy in the future when you need to replace certain items in your capsule wardrobe.
- You need to let go of your impulse shopping behavior. We suggest you only shop for basics if you don’t have any, like a pair of black jeans or leggings, a classic white button-down shirt, a pair of ballet flats/sandals, etc. Purchase these pieces first so that you can set your entire wardrobe around them.
- Choose only good quality fabrics and do some research on the same to understand their care instructions and maintenance. You need to be extra careful with this because you would want your wardrobe to last for a very long time.
- And last but not least, keep revisiting this guide to maintain your capsule wardrobe every once in a while. Only if you don’t want to end up with a lot of stuff in your closet you don’t really like.
By narrowing your wardrobe thoughtfully, you’re saving yourself some valuable amount of time every single day by not thinking about – ‘What should I wear today?’ Changing your clothing habits isn’t just a lifestyle fix, it’s a planet fix too. Ultimately, such decisions are improving our quality of daily living, reducing waste in the environment and saving us a lot of money in the long run.