Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Building a Capsule Wardrobe -- Part 1

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Okay so...it's time to be completely honest.  I started this blog back last August with the intention of slimming down my wardrobe and living in a more minimalistic way.  It's safe to say that thus far this definitely hasn't worked for me and I can only blame myself.  I guess there's always the fear that if you cull your clothing items to the point of no return that you'll miss the things you donated/sold/threw out.  So in the spirit of the phrase 'New Year, New Start' I've decided to really bite the bullet and make sure my closet finally lives up to the name of my blog and it's original purpose.

I'll be filming the whole process for my YouTube channel, and will also be documenting each step here on the blog. 

Step 1 of the process has been to gain inspiration.  Even though I knew what a capsule wardrobe was, I had no idea where to start on covering all my bases and all my outfit needs.  First I decided to consider all the things I regularly need to dress for:

Coffee dates with friends
Work meetings (I work for myself so can get away with a fairly casual work wardrobe)
Date nights with my husband/drinks with friends
Day-to-day casual wear

Considering the way my life has changed in recent years I'm unlikely to need clubbing outfits or very glamorous pieces as I just don't require those clothing items in my life anymore.  As life changes it is totally possible for your wardrobe to adapt.

Step 2 is to find your style.  Figure out who's style you really admire and how you'd like your overall look to be.  This could be a celebrity or anyone's style that you admire.  I decided on European style, and by that I mean continental, French, Italian and Spanish inspiration.  There's nothing cleaner and more chic than Euro style and the mainly neutral colour palette is ideal for a capsule wardrobe.

Step 3 is to break it down. After much thought and research I came up with a list of items that I would need for 2 periods of the year.  I chose to group together Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.  Although we don't have much of a summer in the UK I included some flowy dresses and denim cut-offs as a requirement, for the purpose of holidays abroad.

Step 4 is to list what you need.  I decided on the following list of items for Spring/Summer & Autumn/Winter based on all the points I've talked about.  The result is a 48 item year-round wardrobe (not including gym wear, bags or shoes) and I can already see how this new way of dressing will not only mean I spend less time choosing an outfit, but it will also mean I spend less money and ultimately have more space.

Here's what I plan on including:

Spring/Summer


3 Maxi/Lightweight dresses
Black denim cut-offs
5 blouses/lightweight tops
3 playsuits
2 bikinis
4 pairs of jeans
3 basic t-shirts
Black lightweight blazer
1 light cardigan
1 pair of lightweight trousers
Neutral trench coat

Autumn/Winter


5 Sweaters
1 White shirt/blouse
2 Coats
4 Pairs of jeans
1 Pair of black trousers
3 Basic long sleeve tees
A black dress
2 Jackets
A denim/chambray shirt
An oversized cardigan
A black blazer
1 dressier blouse


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