How To Start Creating Your Own Capsule Wardrobe
A couple of weeks ago I shared my capsule wardrobe that I started curating about four years ago. I love having a smaller wardrobe and can recommend it to anyone. In this article I’ll share my tips on how to start creating your own capsule wardrobe.
First of all: curating your own capsule wardrobe should be a personal journey. You can get inspired by looking at other’s capsule wardrobes, but don’t get too hung up in having a “perfect” number of items or owning certain pieces of clothing. Everyone is different in this regard – some will need more professional looking clothes while others work from home and live in comfy outfits. It’s the same regarding color: don’t think because I have a neutral wardrobe that that’s the way to go. Stick to what you like and need and base your capsule wardrobe around that.
Step 1: Figure out what clothes you actually wear
There’s different ways to figuring this out. One way is to start re-arranging your closet, starting today. Whenever you’ve worn something, you can put it back to the left side of your closet. This way, within a couple of weeks the left side of your closet will have all the clothes you like to wear and the right side will have clothes that you haven’t worn in the past couple of weeks. Obviously you won’t wear all your items throughout the year, but you can probably figure out what kind of fabrics and colors you like to wear this way.
Another way to do this is to take everything (yes, everything) out of your closet and put it on your bed or floor. Pick up item by item and ask yourself when was the last time you’ve worn it. Has it been over a year? Or maybe you don’t even remember? Then it’s probably time to donate or sell it – chances are slim that you’re still going to wear it. Your capsule wardrobe should consist out of items you’re actually wearing. So only keep those items that you’ve worn in the past year and that you like. Like Marie Kondo says: “Does it spark joy?” – if yes: keep it. If no: toss, sell or donate it.
Step 2: Inspect all the items you want to keep
When you’ve completed step 1, you now have a pile of clothes that you wear and like. Take the time to try on every item of clothing and look at yourself in the mirror. Does this item fit well? Is it still in good shape? Do you feel beautiful while wearing it? If you can answer “yes” to all these questions, then you can keep this item for your capsule wardrobe.
Are you not sure about an item? Maybe you wear it sometimes, but you don’t really love it anymore? Or it’s kind of too small or too big for you. Put these items aside. You don’t have to immediately get rid of them, since you are actually using these items. You’ll decide what to do with these items later.
Step 3: Decide if you need any additional items
You’re well on your way to downsizing your wardrobe and have selected your favorite items of clothing by now. Take a look at your wardrobe and see if anything is missing. Maybe you’re noticing that you only have 1 blouse left or that a lot of the items don’t really mix and match well together. This happened to me and made me decide to buy a couple of new items that would pull existing items together.
Because buying everything at once wasn’t within my budget, I decided to keep a couple of items from step 2 that I wasn’t 100% sure about. These items I’d be replacing with new items as I found them. So take a look at the items that you weren’t sure about and keep those that you still need in your wardrobe until you can replace them. Make sure you have enough clothes to get you through the next few months and then decide what’s still missing. Make a list of these items and keep an eye open in stores and online shops and buy them as you come across them.
Step 4: Give away the rest of your items
There is really no point in keeping clothes that you’re not wearing anymore. Every item that is too small or too big, clothes that you don’t feel beautiful in: please get rid of them. You can sell them and make some money (plenty of apps and websites to do so online) or donate them. The benefit of donating your clothes is that you can get rid of them today and if your clothes still look good, you can be rest assured that they will get a second life. I love selling and donating my clothes, it’s easier to tidy up and it creates space in my closet to fill up with new carefully selected items!
Have you completed all 4 steps? Then you’re well on your way to creating a capsule wardrobe and now only have items left that you actually like and wear. I’ll share the next steps soon that will help you decide on what to buy and how to finalize creating your capsule wardrobe.