Summer is a great time to have a declutter around the home and think about what you really need. From sorting through clothes to clearing the garage, it is all good. One thing that we should all be doing right about now, as we are well into summer, but fall won’t be too far away, is looking at our wardrobes. The transitional season can be tricky, and you find yourself spending lots of money on new things to wear. But if you’re not buying the right kinds of thing that will see you through several seasons, then it is going to be wasted money.
One of the best ways to make sure that you’re not spending out on clothes every month is to create a capsule wardrobe. It means you have a certain number of items that will see you through various day to day things, as well as events. So if you like the sound of minimalism or streamlining, then creating a capsule wardrobe sounds like it’s for you.
One of the first things you need to do is to have a clearout of your closet and look at the things that are just taking up space. If it doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn it for months or years, then time to throw it out (or recycle, donate or sell).
The next step to a capsule wardrobe is starting to build a base of items of clothing accessories that will help to finish off the outfits that you will create each day. There are the base items that you don’t need all of the time, and you may need for specialized things. So think along the lines of sleepwear, workout clothes, outerwear, and accessories. Keeping them fairly neutral will help you to create more outfits for them to go with. For the accessories, for example, something like a gold name plate necklace and some hoop earrings could be good items to have in your base. They work for casual or smart, and they can be dressed up or dressed down.
This is the fun part where you build the items that you need (or already have that will work), and will be where you take your outfits from each day. It can be a good idea to write a list of what you need to already have, and what they will work for (such as daily, dressy, fun, or lounging). Once you have your categories for what you will need them for, then you can look to buy the extra items for each category. Again, stick for things that are going to complement each other. A dark blazer could go with a smart pencil skirt for work, as well as with boyfriend jeans for a dinner date. Think about the potential for each outfit and each item in the capsule wardrobe.
The final step is to enjoy what you have and add to it where and when you need to. Choose the things that fit well, you enjoy wearing, and that you can get use of again and again.