How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
Are you someone who owns a huge wardrobe filled with so many clothes? Or are you someone who owns just a small closet filled with all the important clothes and things you need and love to wear? Most of the time, it is confusing to choose what clothes to wear if you have too many clothes which is why a lot of people choose to just create a capsule wardrobe.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
This term is used to refer to a collection of clothes you love and clothes you mostly use daily or for a specific purpose. This is also often called a minimalist wardrobe as you only need to keep at least 30-50 pieces of clothing. Creating a capsule wardrobe has several advantages and benefits.
One, it is a complete space saver. It saves space in your closet as well as in your home. You only need a small closet or you don’t even need to have a typical closet and this can save space inside your home. Your closet won’t be so crowded because all the things you need fit there perfectly.
Two, you only get to keep all the clothes you love or your favorite clothes. Three, there will be less clutter inside your closet since you won’t be fishing around for the right clothes to wear. And when there is less clutter, your closet as well the whole room can also look organized as well as very easy to clean. You can check out some of the Best Ways to Declutter Your Closet for Seasonal Cleaning here.
Three, you can save your budget from impulse shopping. Knowing you only have a small space for your clothes, you can resist buying clothes just for the fun of it or just because you are tempted and not because you need them. And five, you save yourself from stress when deciding on what clothes to wear. This is because when you only have less clothes, you can pick the best one to wear easily.
How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe?
Now that you know what makes a capsule wardrobe better, you can start creating one through these steps:
- Decide on what type of capsule wardrobe you want to have.
You can opt for a professional capsule wardrobe which only keeps a set of working clothes you want to wear for work. This is so you won’t have a hard time choosing what to wear for work every day.
Or, you can also opt for the spring/summer capsule wardrobe, wherein you keep a number of clothes you can wear for the spring and the summer season. And of course, you can also opt for general capsule wardrobe, wherein you keep a set of clothes you love and are likely to wear for all seasons, occasion or events.
If you are not ready to let go of some clothes you have, you can start with the more specific capsule wardrobe like the professional and the spring/summer wardrobe.
- Create a checklist on capsule wardrobe essentials.
To make it easy for you to create your capsule wardrobe, especially when sorting out clothes you want to keep, create a checklist. List out some specific items you’d want to see in your capsule wardrobe. Some of the basic items you should put on your list are:
- Skirts (casual or professional)
- Tank tops
- Short-sleeved shirt
- Long sleeved shirt
- Blouses (casual or professional)
- Cardigan or blazer
- Workout clothes (for those who work out)
- Sneakers or running shoes
- Formal sandals
- Decide how many items you want to keep for each capsule wardrobe essential
Some capsule wardrobe owners can live with only 30 pieces of clothing while some make it 50. It’s up to you to decide how many for each type of clothing you want to keep. The point is to keep only as little as possible.
You can also base your decision on the closet space you have or the space in your room. Or you can also base your decision on the necessity of a certain type of clothing. For instance, if you like wearing pants more, maybe you can decide putting more pants in the wardrobe than your skirts and vice versa.
- Start emptying out your closet.
Once you are ready, you can start taking out all your clothes from the closet and place them where you can see them all, such as on your bed. If you have a lot of clothes, it can be hard to spot the ones you still need if you gather them all in one place. Therefore, it is best to display all of them so you can easily see which of them will make it to your capsule wardrobe and which of them should you let go already.
- Sort out all the items you love.
This is the step where you will be using your checklist already. If you intend on keeping 5 pieces of pants, then start sorting out 5 pants that you love and check your list. Do this with other types of clothing until all the items on your list have been checked already.
- Spare a place for seasonal clothing.
There may be pieces of clothing that you currently don’t need, but you may need some other time. Pick one or two of this clothing and place them inside a box you can call as your seasonal clothing storage box.
- Donate or sell your other clothing.
Now, if you ask what you are going to do with the rest of your stuff, it is up to you if you want to donate them or if you want to sell them, now that you know there is no use keeping them.
Indeed, with a capsule wardrobe, you will no longer be guilty about having clothes just sitting around in your closet because you don’t wear them anymore. The only downside with this type of wardrobe is the fact that you could go on wearing the same clothes most of the time.
This is why, if you are going to try this wardrobe out, you should choose your clothes wisely and make sure you are creative enough to style your clothes so that it won’t look like you are wearing the same clothes over and over.