How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
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If I were to add up the amount of money that I’ve spent on my wardrobe over the past 30 years I could probably buy myself a very nice home. With that being said, why is it that every time I need an outfit other than black leggings and the t-shirt du jour, I am left in frustration that I have nothing to wear?
This is my expert opinion: I’ve spent too many years of my life trying to be trendy rather than trying to find clothes that are quality, timeless and fit my personality. I had continuously fallen into the Instagram worm hole of buying what others were wearing in some vain attempt of being more like them. I wasn’t staying true to who I was as a person and what I wanted my clothes to says about me. Because let’s be honest, clothes are one of the first things that we notice about people.
On top of all that, I regularly purge my closet of anything that doesn’t fit, is too worn or doesn’t spark joy. Thanks Marie Kondo. All of this has left me with a very depleted wardrobe when it comes to being ready for any sort of event that requires more than jeans and a semi nice t-shirt. But none of this is Marie Kondo’s fault. If I had been purchasing timeless pieces that never go out of style, I wouldn’t have had this problem to begin with. Over the years I had been so concerned with being cute & trendy that I forgot to buy the staple pieces that will get me through life.
Every person should have an outfit for a funeral, wedding, or business casual event in their closet at all times. Before I started my capsule wardrobe, I had none of these.
I do want to clarify that it has taken me over a year to finally commit to this. It has been a topic on my mind over and over. So if you feel that you’re not quite ready to jump on this wagon, at least let this be the start of your thought process towards the idea.
There are a few things about building a capsule collection that we need to discuss.
Know your body. Do you have wide feet? Do you look better in a hip length coat vs a long coat? Do boyfriend jeans work for you? I have wide feet and I cannot wear boyfriend jeans no matter how many times I try to make them work. Knowing what looks good on your body type will alleviate a ton of stress and narrow down your shopping field.
Know your style. Do you tend to steer towards bright colors or neutrals? Are you a solids or a print person? A capsule wardrobe does not have to be boring, but it does need to reflect your style at all times for years to come. The point of a capsule wardrobe is to build a wardrobe that you’re comfortable in and that you can keep for as long as possible.
Remember that all of these pieces do not need to be purchased at one time. Building a wardrobe can take a long time. Even years if we’re being honest and you’re picky about what you want. Which is not a bad thing! The beauty of knowing that you’re working on a capsule wardrobe is that you can constantly be on the lookout for what you need, and be on the lookout for that item to go on sale.
Your capsule wardrobe will only last as long as the care you give it. Quality clothes are meant to last a lifetime. More often than not, their lifespan is greatly reduced because we don’t care for them properly. Make sure that you are willing to do the necessary care for each item before purchasing. If you know you’ll never take it to the dry cleaner, then find something that is machine washable.
Here is what my capsule wardrobe will end up looking like:
*Note that some things will be exact pieces and some things will vary slightly. Everything on this list I already or own or am going to buy. Most of the products on this list are produced by sustainable/ethical companies.
Do you have a capsule wardrobe? What’s in it? What do you recommend having in a capsule wardrobe that I didn’t hit on here? Let me know!