We’ve all had that moment. You’re standing in front of your overflowing dresser drawers and completely dumbstruck by the fact that you still have nothing to wear. Your bed is completely undetectable under the mountains of outfit options you’ve just tried on. How could you possibly still not find something to wear?! What if we told you about an old trend that’s taken over the fashion world as of late? A lifestyle choice which can save you as much money as it will wardrobe space. What if we told you you could live with only a solid 37 pieces of clothing? Welcome to the world of the capsule wardrobe.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
The concept of a capsule wardrobe dates back to the 1970s, when the term was coined; however, it gained much more prevalence over the past few years when fashion bloggers decided to take the lifestyle change on board. At its simplest form, a capsule wardrobe is all about stripping down your wardrobe to the staples that you’ll actually wear.
Now, there are variants to this method. You can take it to the extreme and minimize your wardrobe to strictly 37 pieces of clothing. You can also interpret it more loosely and cut out any clothes you don’t find yourself reaching for as much. So let’s see how you can take the challenge on…
How To Build Your Own Capsule Wardrobe
Let it Get Bad Before it Gets Good
Capsule wardrobes are all about minimizing spending and maximizing space. There’s no better place to start than to create a huge mess you have to commit to cleaning up. Empty out your entire wardrobe and lay everything out on your bed or floor.
Put Everything into Piles
Find whatever clear patch remains in your room and section it off into three piles: the “Love it, wear it every week” pile, the “Rarely wear it but this is so darn cute” pile, and the “Let’s get real, I’m never going to wear this” pile.
Cleanse Your Wardrobe
Once you have your piles, it’s time to get cutthroat. That last pile? Throw it out (or donate, or sell for cash). You know you’re never going to wear them, and you know that elusive day where you might find yourself needing that one shirt is never going to come.
Reassess Your Items
Now it’s time to give it a few weeks and reassess what clothing items are left that you genuinely do get a lot of wear out of. It should get clearer and clearer to you what your personal style is. Now you can narrow it down finally to the key items of clothing or accessories that you know you cannot live with it. There you have it—your own capsule wardrobe.
How To Maintain a Capsule Wardrobe
Once you’ve begun, this will ultimately become a lifestyle. It is recommended to reassess every 3 months or with every changing season. Exchange out some of your existing items for those that are more seasonally appropriate. Continue this trend and you’ll take out all of the decision-making and guesswork of choosing an outfit every single day!
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