There is something alluring about a capsule wardrobe, a small collection of quality items that compliment each other and are so versatile, you’ll never have one of those, ‘I have nothing to wear’ moments again. After purging the majority of my wardrobe which you can read about here, I became obsessed with building the perfect capsule wardrobe.
my capsule wardrobe story
I don’t know how many clothes I used to own but I wish I’d counted. I had wardrobes, drawers and even suitcases stuffed full of clothes, shoes and accessories. Putting outfits together was stressful and I was always looking to buy something new. Fast forward to now and I’m the proud owner of 6 pairs of shoes, 2 bags and 22 items of clothing (Underwear, clothes for hobbies or lounge wear aren’t included in this figure). I can confirm from experience that capsule wardrobes work. Deciding what to wear is easy, because I only own clothes that I love and everything goes together. A capsule wardrobe is worth pursuing.
I could show you what items I have in my wardrobe but unless you’re the same height, weight and share my tastes, they may not be for you. I could list all the items I think you need to build the perfect timeless wardrobe, but that would be impossible unless I knew more about you as an individual. Instead I wanted to share some advice that I hope you find useful, based on my experience.
consider the advice may not be specifically for you
There are so many articles available that claim to help you build the perfect wardrobe. Search capsule wardrobe in Pinterest, and you’ll see exactly what I mean. I spent a lot of time researching and followed the advice I found online telling me to buy this that and the other, in order to build the perfect capsule wardrobe. There was one huge problem – the advice I was following wasn’t designed specifically for me and I can assure you, it isn’t designed specifically for you either.
What works for one person will not work for another. We are all different shapes and sizes, before we even take into account our differences in taste. This is a good thing and we should celebrate that. You’re lifestyle might not cater for the suggestions all that capsule wardrobe advice gives you – and that’s ok!
do what works for you
Instead of following ‘the perfect formula’ we see on Pinterest or in the latest magazine issue, it’s far more beneficial to invest your time and effort to determine what is right for you as an individual. Take some time to really think about what colours suit you best, which features you like to show off and which you’d rather hide. It is so important to dress for our body shape and wear clothes that make us feel good. The only way to do this is by getting to know ourselves, having an understanding of what our body shape is and how best to dress it, being confident in what we like and what we don’t.
I’m only 5ft2 and that means no matter what the advice tells me, high waist skinny jeans will always look better on me than boyfriend jeans. Fact. I will never feel as confident in a pair of boyfriend jeans as I do in my skinny jeans so no matter what advice I’m given, I’m always going to go with what I feel most confident in and what suits my lifestyle.
reconsider those must have purchases
We buy so much because we think we should or because our favourite magazine tells us it’s a must have. Is it? Is it a must have for you? It might be but it also might not and I’d urge you to consider all those must have purchases carefully.
There is some great advice out there and as my blog grows I’m looking forward to sharing plenty of my own advice based on my capsule wardrobe experience. All the advice is great for inspiration but shopping for clothes takes up our two most valuable resources, time and money and we should make sure we spend them very wisely.
This is only an introduction to my perspective on this topic. I’m capsule wardrobe obsessed and have so much more to share on this topic in future posts. My own capsule wardrobe was 18 months in the making, it didn’t change over night. I’m proud of what I own now and look forward to sharing more about this with you all.
If you’ve had experience of creating your own capsule wardrobe or have any thoughts about this article, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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