Do you always find yourself shopping for clothes and shoes that you never wear? Or you have clothes in your wardrobe that you have not worn in over a year?
It may be time to declutter your wardrobe.
One of the benefits of the minimalistic trend has been the adoption of a capsule wardrobe.
The term “Capsule Wardrobe” was coined by a London Boutique owner, Susie Fox, who owned a boutique called “Wardrobe” in the seventies.
If you are wondering if a capsule wardrobe is a right decision for you, here are a few reasons to consider:
You are looking to revamp your style
Your style changes with the different seasons in your life such as school, work, college parties vs. the networking cocktail events and you may, therefore, find that your current outfits do not fit your current season in life.
It is important to always evaluate your fashion needs with your current situation for example when it is time to get the classic LBD/LWD in exchange for the shorts that were your party outfits in your college days.
As you are maneuvering this new season, keep your purchases to a minimum in order for you to identify which style works for you best.
You want to save money you spend on shopping
If you are an impulsive shopper and you always find yourself shopping outfits that never seem to fit into your current wardrobe – It may be time to consider scaling down on your wardrobe and your shopping.
The best part about scaling down on your wardrobe as an impulsive shopper is that you will control your spending habits and that will help you save on that extra coin.
The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that you will get a clear picture of what your style is and it is, therefore, easier to shop with your style in mind.
You want to reduce on the amount of time you spend picking out an outfit
Whether you are dressing for work, a date, a cocktail party or any other event, you want to minimize the amount of time that you take to dress.
The lesser the pieces in your wardrobe, the lesser the time that you will spend choosing an outfit.
The essence of a capsule wardrobe is in adopting the pieces in your current wardrobe that you love to wear and that you feel great in.
These pieces are your staples for what would ideally be considered a season (3 months) after which you switch them up as the season changes.
If you come from a tropical area, then your wardrobe will change depending on whether the season is rainy or sunny.
Tips to building on your wardrobe for each season:
Go through your closet and pick the pieces that you frequently wear
There are the basic pieces in your wardrobe that you love wearing and feel great in which are the pieces that will be your first choices.
These will include; outerwear which will depend on the season, bottoms such as jeans, skirts and shorts, tops and shoes.
Create a base for your wardrobe and build on your pieces
This will be in the form of the classic white and grey tees, button-down shirts, dark colored pants, classic pencil skirts.
The base that you choose mainly depends on your lifestyle and your day-to-day activities.
The pieces that you pick to build on your wardrobe will be determined by the base that you choose for your base.
When shopping, consider purchasing statement pieces that transcend “fashion” and can be incorporated into many outfits
A capsule wardrobe is one that is meant to minimize your clothes into a small collection therefore when shopping ensure that you get classic pieces that transcend style seasons.
Your best bet is to switch up on your outerwear and shoes while maintaining the basic pieces.