Capsule Wardrobe

My Capsule Wardrobe

We’re all guilty of being that cliche female, screaming that we have nothing to wear whilst sobbing into a pile of perfectly suitable clothes and quite frankly, it’s something we could all do without. When I heard Anna talk about the capsule wardrobe, my ears pricked up with interest. I realised that I had made a habit of buying things for the sake of it, to make me feel better when in a bad mood or just because I felt like spending money, rather than only buying things I needed and more importantly, loved. 

Another reason for the capsule wardrobe movement was I felt I was spending a lot of money buying lots of budget clothes which just weren’t lasting – buy cheap, buy twice and all that. As a result, I made the decision to try and invest in more in versatile pieces which will be timeless & last, rather than buying something only to wear once before it falls apart or doesn’t fit quite right.

A capsule wardrobe is basically a stripped down version of your existing wardrobe containing only pieces that you love, including everything you need for work, play and everything in between for each season. You can only shop at the beginning of each season and this, for me, will be the killer. The breakdown ranges but I’ve been working with the 37 items suggestion from Un-fancy, THE capsule wardrobe extraordinaire.

Planning my capsule wardrobe

The first thing I did was make a list of my day to day activities to help identify the different themes of clothes I’d need

  • Work – catering for everything from casual Fridays to client meetings
  • Lunch, cinema, bowling – anything smart / casj basically
  • Going out out – wheeeeeeey party time
  • Family time / staying in – anything stretchy that I can eat enormous roast dinners in
  • Outside activities – any occasion where I’m likely to be walking a lot, outside for long periods of time or at football.

The wardrobe detox

It’s pretty much the same as all wardrobe clearing but basically, take everything yes everything, out of your wardrobe and give it a good clean.

Divide your clothes into the following categories:

  • LOVE – this piece of clothing makes me feel my best version of myself & I always go back to it
  • Maybs – anything that you’ve not worn in the past year, has sentimental value, not something you wear on the reg but you just can’t. let. go
  • Nah – this makes me look like a sack of potatoes
  • Seasonal – love it but don’t fancy wearing crop tops in the snow

Then do the following:

  • LOVE – Put back into the wardrobe, in a logical way i.e. all tops together, all blacks together, all work clothes together, however you feel best to arrange your clothes.
  • Maybs – Put into a bag and hide away, that way you can always dig stuff out if you’re missing something terribly (which you won’t) and you can chuck out at the beginning of next season when the point has been proven.
  • Nah – Sell on eBay (high street shops such as Topshop, Zara, Asos etc… do quite well) but if you CBA, offer to your friends or take to a charity shop.
  • Seasonal – Store away somewhere out of sight as to not clutter your wardrobe / mind / life.

The end result

Once I had my final pieces (give or take a few), I took a deep breath, tried not to have a breakdown and made a list of all items loosely under the following categories:

  • Shoes – 9 (split roughly into 3 flats / 3 boots / 3 heels)
  • Tops – 15 (split roughly into 3 jumpers / 3 t-shirts / 3 button up shirts / 3 smart tops / 3 vests)
  • Bottoms – 7
  • Dresses – 2
  • Coats & jackets – 4

This made it really clear to see where I was missing staple items, leading me to the next (and most exciting) step…

Shopping list

At this point, I made the shocking realisation that I don’t have any flat shoes that aren’t trainers – scandalous. I also realised that all of my smart tops are white.

So far, I think the main thing to take away from this is to not be too strict, you can take the rules with the pinch of salt and tailor them so they work for your wardrobe and lifestyle. For example, one of the categories was tank tops (lol) and considering I have zero of these, I swapped it for ‘smart tops’ of which I have an abundance. Seriously, what is the difference a tank top & vest top?

I’m thinking about sharing what made the cut in a future post, once I’ve bought my new essentials of course, but as it’s the last time I can shop for 3 months, I might be a while…