Taking a mindful and economical tack to the way we purchase and wear clothing and apparel is becoming more and more popular, and by honing together a seasonal edit of key and statement pieces, you’re much more likely to enjoy the fashions you own. Not only is a capsule wardrobe particularly good at reducing unnecessary purchases, but it’s also a great way to get more wear out of the items you already own and has been proven to be a successful technique in ensuring your style is always on point.
Here are five top tips for building a summer capsule wardrobe:
Have a good old clear out
To begin creating a capsule wardrobe, you first need to de-clutter and simplify your offering. By undertaking a comprehensive clear out, you’re creating a base for your new way of dressing. Start your clear out by forming three clear piles, keep, storage and charity and stick strictly to these piles as you consider each and every item within your wardrobe. Not only will you find you don’t actually need half of what you own, but you’ll also be able to donate a substantial amount to charity.
Put sentimental pieces in storage
Whether it’s a dress with special memories attached, or some accessories from your childhood that you just can’t bare to part with, so many of our clothes have thoughts and feelings associated with them. Just because you loved something back in the day, and it reminds you of a time in your life, doesn’t mean that you have to keep it in your wardrobe. Place any sentimental pieces into storage, be it a memory box or other, and keep hold of the memories without overcomplicating your clothing space.
Consider your lifestyle and what you need from your wardrobe
Everyone’s lifestyles are different, and therefore so are your clothing demands. If you have a day-to-day work uniform, your capsule wardrobe will be reserved for your time off, evenings, weekends or whenever you get those all-important days away from work. If your wardrobe also needs to serve your work wardrobe, it’s advisable to have two separate sides, one for work and one for play. This way you won’t be utilising your fanciest and nicest clothes for work, which in the long run should make you feel more special in them when the time comes to actually wear them.
Take time to research new pieces before purchasing
Instead of plunging straight in and purchasing all new clothes right away, take some time to work out what style you’re going for, and how best to emulate the look using only a few items of clothing at a time. It’s also a good idea to see how it feels to live with less clothes in your wardrobe before re-filling it, as this will be a good test as to if a capsule wardrobe will work for you.
Stick to classic shapes and cuts in several colours
Basics truly do rule when it comes to creating a capsule wardrobe. Sticking with simple tees, strong tailoring and denim in the first instance should create a fantastic base for an overall stylish capsule wardrobe. When capsule wardrobe experts find pieces that work for them, it’s not uncommon to find them purchasing several of the same item, be it a t-shirt, or simple jumpsuit, with wholesale retailers like B Girl Fashion offering items in packs of five or ten, so you can be stocked up and ready to go. After filling out with basics, it’s then that you can look to bring in a couple of statement pieces, be it a dress or pair of shoes.
However, you intend to create your capsule wardrobe, be sure to fill it with items that you love!
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