Monday, August 6, 2018

Building a Capsule Wardrobe (From an Aspiring Minimalist)

Building a Capsule Wardrobe (From an Aspiring Minimalist)
Recently I've mentioned on instagram that I'd been working on downsizing my closet and building a capsule wardrobe. Now, I know that technically a "capsule wardrobe" requires a certain amount of items (was it 37? educate me on that, pls), but I gave it my own definition and it seems to be working perfectly for me.

First of all, I wanted to feel 100% happy with what I have. Meaning, I wanted to be in love with every item that I own. You know the KonMari wardrobe method, where you go through all of your clothes (not only) and ask yourself "does this item make me happy?". If the answer is no, it's time to let it go. 

Once that is done, you can obviously do many things with that pile that you've decided you no longer need: give it to friends and family, sell, donate to charity). The rest is up to you.

What we're talking about today though, is what we decided to keep and how we create a new system in a way and a new way of thinking about clothes.

Here are some factors you should keep in mind when choosing what to keep and, maybe, what to add to your remaining collection:

1. Your aesthetic

I put this one first, because it's been the main factor for me in deciding what to keep and what to say goodbye to. Over the years I've come to a realization that my aesthetic is mainly neutral colors (white, black, beige, grey, etc.), and it just didn't make sense for me to keep super colorful pieces that I just never reach for. Now, I obviously still do have colorful clothing, it's just that it's rather an exception than a rule. Let's put it that way.

2. Your lifestyle

That's also a big one! I always say that the core of your wardrobe should consist of things you wear every day and things that fit perfectly into YOUR lifestyle. And those gonna differ a lot from person to person! Let's say you're a freelancer and don't need to go to the office every day, plus you workout a lot and wear athleasure clothing quite a lot. Of course, you won't need multiple blazers, suits, white button-ups and other typical "essential" items like that.

So, keep in mind what you wear the most, and buy more of those things! I'm serious, if you have to buy 5 almost identical sweatshirts because that's all you wear 80% of the time, than do it! Because, trust me, you don't need to have that fancy suit and those multiple pairs of high heels just to let them store in your closet for years.

Well, i think you got the idea.

3. What you already have

Now that we've sorted out what you should get rid of, it's tie to evaluate the rest. We need to do that in order to know what's currently missing and what we definitely don't need more of (for me, that would be black tops, but that's a whole other story). You wanna keep things as minimalistic as possible, otherwise that whole project doesn't make sense. And you'll need to maintain that minimalistic approach. 

Once you've established what you need to buy and add to your collection, it's time to go shop (the fun part!). But remember, we're trying to make our life easier by leaving less option for us to choose from in the morning and therefore making our lives easier. And all of those options should be your absolute favorites.

Hence, less clothes - easier decision making process.

You have no idea how good it feels when everything you pull out of your closet, you're in love with!

4. Maintaining the capsule wardrobe

To be honest, that's probably the hardest part, because not only should you do the clear-out once, you should also maintain that mindset every time you attempt to buy something new. That might be harder for impulsive buyers. I myself approach shopping from more or less of a rational side, where I evaluate every purchase quite thoroughly, but I'm still not perfect (otherwise, I wouldn't end up with all the items I don't wear in the first place).

I hop you found this post somewhat helpful, and if you happen to be at the same stage in your life, I'd love to hear about your experience!

Also, I've made a roundup of my favorites online for your potential future "capsule wardrobe". I've already saved some of them for myself, cause I'm missing out in some departments.

1. Blazer

2. Trench Coat

3. Leather Jacket

4. Cami Top

5. Pants

6. Flats

7. Crossbody Bags

Thanks for reading! 

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