Do you ever tell yourself, “I have nothing to wear,” despite the fact that your closet is stuffed with clothes? Believe me, I’ve been there, and it’s frustrating to have an overflowing closet full of items we may or may not enjoy wearing. Can you honestly say that you wear every single item in your closet? If the answer is no, keep reading to learn how to simplify your closet effectively and create a wardrobe that you will enjoy wearing on a daily basis.
But first, what exactly is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is made up of a few key pieces that are ageless and never go out of style.
(In your closet, you already have a capsule wardrobe.) A hanfu daopao capsule wardrobe contains the products that you adore wearing on a daily basis. Many minimalists believe that a capsule wardrobe should consist of a set number of pieces ranging from 30 to 50 for the entire year, but I disagree. A capsule wardrobe should be tailored to your lifestyle, with items that make you happy and those you enjoy wearing on a regular basis.
Did you know that the average American woman owns over 100 items in her closet, with only approximately 10% of them being favorites? (Reference from a ClosetMaid study) I found these figures fascinating because they all boil down to having too much clothing, although women are generally frustrated by “having nothing to wear.”
Stop blaming yourself for having “nothing to wear” and start rewearing strategies to create your own capsule wardrobe.
The idea of creating a capsule wardrobe is to give oneself an effortless style so that getting dressed every day is simple and stress-free! Are you prepared to begin this year? Here are some simple instructions to follow.
How to Begin Building a Capsule Wardrobe
Step 1: Examine your personal style and way of living.
Knowing our style is the most critical stage in creating a wardrobe that you will enjoy. You can use this style survey to obtain a general idea of what style you prefer in your daily life.
Consider the following questions:
- What do I do for a living?
- What do I enjoy doing in my spare time?
What are the most common staples in my wardrobe? Do you actually wear them, or do they merely take up room in your closet and go unused for months? For example, you have too many heels and sneakers, but you only own one pair of loafers.
These basic questions will get you started so that you may become more conscious of what you have and how to shop intelligently in the future.
Step 2: For 30 days, keep track of what you like to wear.
There are several ways to do this, like physically recording what you wore each day in a journal, or using an app like Cladwell, which allows you to do so quite effortlessly via their subscription service.
Step 3: Organize your closet!
You’ll have a better knowledge of your current capsule wardrobe that currently exists in your closet after tracking what you wore effortlessly for 30 days. There is no magic number; a capsule is about choosing the items you enjoy wearing, which will include cute formal gowns that you wear once a year to a wedding, as well as sportswear and sleepwear. These aren’t included in your capsule.
Consider your capsule as a “go to” rack of items that you enjoy to wear on a daily basis, based on your lifestyle.
So, with that said, cleaning up your closet is a breeze:
Make a pile of anything you enjoy wearing and that makes you feel stylish (this pile will become your starting point for completing your capsule wardrobe)
Make a pile of everything you’ve been putting off wearing (including everything you haven’t worn in the last 30 days).
The second pile requires the most effort; now it’s time to sort everything else into categories. Take a look at each item before sorting into categories to make sure that the idea of wearing it someday makes you happy.
If it only makes you feel guilty or as if you have to wear it for “x reason,” I would get rid of it. Sort your garments into the following categories:
- The essentials for the entire year
- Summer and spring
- Donate/sell pile in the fall and winter
- Sweaters, jeans, and sneakers are my year-round staples.
Keep track of how many goods you have in each category and decide whether to make a year-round capsule or seasonal capsules. We all have different lives; the key thing is to preserve the clothes that we enjoy wearing.
I enjoy doing seasonal capsules because it allows me to view everything I have for the season and find new ways to rewear and create new looks with the same clothing by putting away the clothes I won’t be using. When the seasons change, your old clothes become your “new capsule” without the need to shop, which I find incredibly relaxing and enjoyable!
Step 4: Define your colors/create a color palette to help you purchase in the future.
A color palette is optional, but it is quite important when creating a capsule wardrobe because it serves as a shopping guide for future purchases. After the 30-day trial, you’ll know which colors you like to rewear the most, so these can become part of your color palette reference guide, and the next time you purchase for something, you’ll have a guideline for shopping for colors that fit in with what you currently own.
Step 5: Layout your capsule and make a wish list for any items that are lacking.
It’s time to develop a visual or mental map of your capsule or capsules to assist you purchase less now that you’ve chosen your basics and given what you don’t enjoy.
Let’s say you discovered that many of your “all year basics” can be worn in the fall and winter when you split your items into categories. Now you don’t have an excuse to buy a new sweater; instead, try different layering techniques and challenge yourself to rewear your sweaters in every season.
You might have discovered during your closet purge that you don’t have enough fresh and breathable clothes for spring, so make a wishlist of how many more items you believe you’ll need to finish your spring capsule.
Step 6: Rewear before you feel compelled to acquire something new.
This is probably my favorite phase since it teaches you how to be more creative. When I have a shopping urge, I rummage through my closet and attempt to force myself to put on something I haven’t worn in a long time. If you try to rewear anything and you don’t feel confident or beautiful while wearing it, it’s fine to toss it out and donate it to someone who will appreciate and rewear it more than you. Our closets are never ideal, and we have a hard time letting go of stuff because we aren’t used to it.
Even if it was something you liked to use in the past, let go of anything that doesn’t boost your confidence or make you feel good. Our bodies adapt and change, and so do we, so it’s OK to let go.
Sweaters, for example, can be reworn over formal outfits.
Step 7: Prioritize quality over quantity; your clothes should not be as expensive as a cup of coffee, and here’s why.
If you want to become a more deliberate shopper, you should educate yourself about the quality of fibers used in clothing as well as the consequences of discarding clothing. Did you know that 85 percent of textile waste in the United States ends up in landfills?
Rewearing is a great way to lessen your fashion footprint. If you must buy anything new, consider shopping secondhand or supporting ethical and ecological firms that use recycled materials and natural and organic fibers to create clothing.
Sustainable fashion can be more expensive than traditional fashion, but this is only because sustainable manufacturers pledge to pay their workers a living wage and utilize premium, natural, or recycled materials.
Clothing should not be as expensive as a cup of coffee. We must learn to pay fair prices for goods.
Become a conscious buyer.
Don’t be swayed by sales; instead, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” the next time you see something on sale. “Do I like the color and does it go with the rest of my wardrobe?” If the response is no, then pass that inclination on to someone else.
Trends come and go, but the clothing that make you feel good are already in your wardrobe, and if they aren’t, develop a strategy to get them. Save up for quality garments and have a strategic notion of what you want. Don’t let the retailers dictate your style or what you should wear the next time you walk into a store; instead, browse for items on your wishlist. You have the authority to decide whether or not to take something home!
If you follow all of these fundamental procedures, I am confident that getting dressed every day will bring you more joy. Life is too short to be concerned with what we have in our closets; instead, let us invest in other things, challenge ourselves to rewear more frequently, and become more intentional individuals.