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How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Spring

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Spring

There has been a lot of talk about “capsule wardrobes” lately, even though the term was created by a London boutique owner over 40 years ago. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe consists of a handful of essential pieces and timeless items that can be combined with seasonal pieces. You may even already have a capsule wardrobe without even realizing it. Read on to learn more about capsule wardrobes and how to create one by spring.

Capsule Wardrobe Specifics

Do you have a few essentials that you turn to regularly? If so, what do they have in common? They’re likely timeless fashions that fit well and easily match other items in your wardrobe. Compare those items to everything else in your wardrobe. Do you have anything that’s never been worn, even though you had intended to at one point? Do you have a pair of dress slacks for women that fit well 10 years ago but you haven’t been able to wear comfortably since? If so, it might be time to consider following the capsule wardrobe concept: an easy-to-follow concept that makes it easier to get dressed and go shopping for clothing. With a capsule wardrobe, every top and bottom are interchangeable and match each other. No more standing in front of the closet wondering what you can wear!

Consider How Many Items You Need

When contemplating a capsule wardrobe, you might find yourself wondering how many items you need in your closet. Some people say 50 and others say as little as 10. But there are other factors to consider, such as whether you have a job with a specific dress code. However, how many items you own is not as important as the quality of each item. Each one needs to fit properly, and you need to enjoy wearing it.

A Typical Capsule Wardrobe

While everyone’s capsule wardrobe is different, here’s a basic example:

Quality Matters

Instead of focusing on how many items you need, focus on the value you place on an item of clothing. This doesn’t mean it has to be costly. It is certainly possible to spend a small amount of money on an item of clothing that fits you like a dream. For example, if you love the feel of cashmere and know you’ll enjoy wearing it, choose the women’s cashmere sweater over any other options.

Start With Your Existing Essentials

If you don’t want to invest in creating a capsule wardrobe from scratch, consider starting with items you already have. First, donate or sell everything that you don’t wear anymore. Then take a look at what’s remaining and consider what you want to keep in rotation. Imagine the ease of getting dressed in the morning knowing that you can easily see and access everything that’s of value to you. Think of how much time that will save!

If you realize that what you’re looking at is a little limited, you may need to spend some money upfront completing your capsule wardrobe. Don’t rush into it, though. Before you buy anything, try it on to make sure it feels good and fits well. Consider whether it matches your other items of clothing and whether it is your true style. Don’t waste money on something that’s trending at the moment. Instead, buy items that have stood the test of time, like straight-leg jeans instead of bell-bottoms. In doing so, you’ll spend less money making impulse purchases the next time you’re stressed about not having anything to wear.

Ignore Antiquated Fashion Rules

If you ask the top fashion experts about any of the fashion rules you were brought up on, they’ll tell you that they no longer exist. For example, some people say it is totally fine to wear women's white jeans before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. They’ll also say that you can mix and match different prints, and you can wear suede in the summertime. Your options are endless. Therefore, with a capsule wardrobe, there is less of a need to purge seasonal items from your wardrobe twice a year, with the exception of shorts and sundresses.

If you value your time and money, and want a clean, organized closet that makes it easy to get dressed every day, a capsule wardrobe might be right for your lifestyle. You may even already have everything you need—you just need a little help clearing out the clutter in order to access it.