In all the chaos of moving I of course decided "why not add to my never ending pile of things to get done" and add a capsule wardrobe to the list! Another day in the life of an over efficient multi-tasker crazy person. However, it ended up working out okay since I was already sorting through my closet, deciding what to bring to the new house and what to get rid of, so bonus, first step is done. Above is my DREAM capsule wardrobe and you can shop this look and find all these style/ pieces on Net-A-Porter. See some tips below for starting your own capsule wardrobe.
Shop your closet first
Who What Wear has a great strategy to get you started with your new capsule wardrobe by creating 4 piles as you go through your current closet.
- pile 1 items that you LOVE and wear often - goes back in your closet.
- pile 2 "i want to keep this but i don't know why" - boxed in your closet for 30 days.
- pile 3 don't fit or not my style - donate.
- pile 4 items not in good condition anymore - trash.
I recommend the following amounts of cloths in basic/neutral colours that will pair nicely with any colour combination.
- 3 basic tops (I've done a mix of tank, tee & long sleeve)
- 6 blouses (again, some long sleeve, some short and an off the shoulder)
- 2 dresses (simple so that they can be styled with many different accessories/covers)
- 1 pair of shorts and 2 skirts (1 long, 1 short)
- 2 pairs of jeans (you can't go wrong with a skinny black pant and a ripped boyfriend style, both are so versatile)
- 1 vest or long cardigan
- 2 jumpsuits (again basic enough they can be dressed up or dressed down but make one a little more glamorous)
- 2 jackets - make sure these will go with almost everything and every colour
- a small selection of shoes (basically 1 of each style - ie: flats, sandals, booties, sneakers etc)
- a small selection of accessories in basic colours (a safe bet is black)
- select a capsule wardrobe for each season (3 months)
- try to keep your cloths amount under 35 pieces per season
- find a great guide (here is the one I used from Unfancy)
- always remember less is more
See more on capsule wardrobes here!