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How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe

November 26, 2015

What’s all the fuss with a capsule wardrobe? Recently I’ve been reading a lot about having a capsule wardrobe and became very intrigued to create one myself. Who wouldn’t want a carefully cultivated wardrobe, where each piece works harmoniously with the next?

Let’s find out what all the fuss is about having a capsule wardrobe.

Looking fabulous doesn't have you send you broke! Follow this step-by-step formula on how to create a capsule wardrobe you adore | Lisa Villaume

In the past year, it’s become wildly popular in London and I was a little intrigued by all the media attention it has been receiving.

When it comes to fashion, I’m all about looking polished. But the problem is that lately, I’ve been standing in front of my overflowing wardrobe thinking I have NOTHING to wear. There are tonnes of clothes in my wardrobe, but nothing that inspired me.

I’m sure every woman has faced this once in a while!

So when I heard about Caroline Rector’s  capsule wardrobes, I was instantly intrigued. Caroline started her blog Un-fancy to document her minimalist style wearing only 37 pieces for three months. This includes tops, bottoms, shoes dresses and outerwear excluding workout clothes, accessories, PJs, underwear and cocktail attire. 

How is that even possible?

After the three months is up, she’ll select a few new pieces to add to the capsule wardrobe but never going over the 37 amount; one piece in one piece out.

Another good read is The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees and this is where you really pull together your wardrobe so each piece works together perfectly.

Recently I have become more disillusioned with having lots of stuff, as for me, it doesn’t equal happiness. I wasn’t bothered about keeping up with the fashion trends anymore. So I started to research how to create a capsule wardrobe.

Sounds intriguing right? So let’s get to it.

WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE ANYWAY?

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A capsule wardrobe is essentially a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you LOVE wearing. Yup. Every single piece you love.

For Un-fancy, it’s a 37 piece wardrobe that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes that are rotated every three months.

WHY IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE SO GREAT?

Ever look at your wardrobe and have nothing that inspires you and thinking you have nothing to wear?

That’s me.

I started to wonder why I have all these clothes yet have no joy when selecting my outfits for the day. I had all these average items with only a few that I really loved wearing. I fell into the ASOS trap and spent hours looking at all the latest trends and snapping up sale items. Which are all sitting at the back of my wardrobe now:-(

So I tried this capsule wardrobe thing out and now I look at my wardrobe and LOVE everything in it.

I always have something to wear and it has simplified my morning routine as its super easy choosing an outfit. All pieces work together.

Having a capsule wardrobe has freed me from trying to stay up to date with the latest trends and gives me more time and energy for activities I love. It’s also shown me I can live with less, a lot less.

No more spending money on items I don’t wear or wasting time in the morning stressing over what to wear for meetings.

ON STARTING YOUR OWN CAPSULE WARDROBE

Just watch the below video, Anna from The Anna Edit explains it so perfectly:

WHAT’S A CAPSULE WARDROBE LOOK LIKE ANYWAY?

Looking fabulous doesn't have you send you broke! Follow this step-by-step formula on how to create a capsule wardrobe you adore | Lisa Villaume

You can see this example above and all the pieces have been carefully selected; each piece goes with any in the collection. Certainly, makes getting dressed in the morning much quicker!

I’ve been doing this whole capsule wardrobe thang for a solid month now.

My wardrobe has been cleaned out and I’ve curated my collection down to 60 items. I started with 60 as 37 sounded far too intimidating considering my blazer and shoe obsession. Surprising, there hasn’t been any frustration about having nothing to wear. Just lots of ‘oh gosh I need to wash more than once a week’. The clothes basket hasn’t overflowed nearly as often as prior to making a capsule wardrobe, and I’m SO grateful for that. I hate clothes washing.

Would you take on the challenge and create a capsule wardrobe?

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