Five steps to starting your capsule wardrobe

Do you ever find yourself having a Cher Horowitz moment? Where you find yourself surrounded by clothes and yet you have nothing to wear.

Sometimes fashion brands likes to make fun of this moment by putting this phrase onto t-shirts and crop tops, but in reality as consumers we do have an problem with fast fashion. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, this is when brands produce clothing quickly and cheaply to keep up with trends. This often leads to consumers having more clothes than they need and products ending up as waste increasing the industry’s carbon footprint.

One way to combat fast fashion is with a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is the name for a small collection of useful clothing that you love and is adaptable for each season.

When shopping for a capsule wardrobe you should keep a few worlds in mind, such as minimalism, resourceful and personal style. The idea of a capsule wardrobe is meant to make getting dressed in the morning easier, and there are no rules when creating your space in wardrobe.

Step One: Reduce — You’ll already have clothing in your wardrobe so go through what you have. Sort your clothes into piles of what you wear and don’t wear – anything you don’t wear, consider donating. Ask yourself a few question while you’re sorting, such as:

1. Does it go with three or more other items in my wardrobe?
2. How many outfits can I create with this item?
3. Does it fit with my personal style?

However, consider keeping things like jeans, plain tees, and neutral tones that are easy to dress around.

If the idea of getting rid of your clothing makes you anxious invest in some vacuum seal bags and store your extra clothing to open up your wardrobe.

Step Two: Pick your base wardrobe — After you’ve reduced your wardrobe, you’ll be left with your base wardrobe. These will likely be the things that you wear most often and some everyday basics.

While a capsule wardrobe has no rules, people often benefit from a selection of neutral essentials, such as tops and bottoms in solid colours like black, white, grey, khaki and camel. This is because neutral tones never go out of style and therefore work season-to-season.

Step Three: Think about adding a statement colour or pattern — This is your chance to get creative with your wardrobe by adding your favourite colour or pattern – and it’s normally wise to make sure that the colour or pattern you choose coordinates with your base wardrobe.

Step Four: Be smart about your choice of outerwear — As with most of a capsule wardrobe it’s good to have a few jackets in a neutral shade that corresponds to the rest of your clothing, whether it’s black, navy, or beige. However, don’t feel restricted with a capsule wardrobe as a statement jacket or coat in a colour or pattern can lift and outfit.

Step Five: Pick your accessories wisely — When it’s comes to shoes and accessories the same applies, having a few everyday basics is key, neutral-tone bags and simple jewellery. But remember, accessories can also elevate an outfit and it helps to have a few statement pieces in your collection.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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