Less is more. Many believe this is true, but do you? Take a look into your closet and I will tell you if you agree with this statement. Can you remember all of the items in your closet without looking? Do you have clothes with the tags still on them? Are there clothes that you have only worn once? If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions then this article is for you. This article will discuss 5 simple steps to help you create a minimalist capsule wardrobe. These steps will help you to simplify your closet and find more happiness in the items you wear. So let’s get started.
Step 1: Know What Styles Are Best for You
When it comes to creating a minimalist capsule wardrobe, we need to first know what style of clothing truly works best for us. This one is tricky, and quite honestly I am still working on perfecting this myself. The best way to find out what styles really suit you best is unfortunately through trial and error. But you can quickly find this out by trying on the physical item before you buy it. Yes, I know this is a tricky one for you online shoppers. I too am an online shopper so this step is a big one for me.
You can start with your measurements. Write down all of the measurements you need such as bust, waist, and hip. You may need other measurements too depending on the type of clothing you’re looking for. For example, when finding the right pair of jeans you will also need the inseam measurement for length. Measure this on yourself to save time trying on clothes you know will be too short or too long.
Once you’ve got your measurements you will also be able to better determine your size. Advice: don’t get too caught up in numbers because it will only deflate you! Many brands have sizes that vary widely. If you are adamant you are one size only to discover that you fit in the next size up you will get discouraged from having a good shopping day. Trust me, I have been there… Focus more on fit instead of size. Look for what is flattering on YOU, not anyone else. Also remember it will likely not look the same on you as it does on the model.
Step 2: Know What You Love
Although this step is closely related to step one it is different, let me explain. Just because something may be for your “body type” doesn’t mean you will love it. It’s important to know which styles are flattering on you but if you don’t love it then what’s the point?
When shopping, make sure to be specific with what you love. For instance, you may love florals but do you really love every floral style out there? Do you love every combination of colors? You may even find you love certain prints but hate certain fabrics. Find fabrics, colors, and styles you truly love and that feel comfortable on you. Being specific will help you avoid buying something you will later regret.
Next, Think about your favorite clothes, what makes them your favorite? Find out what that is and include that in your list before you buy something new. Once you’ve done that, you can add other requests that you would like for your clothes. Now you need to ask yourself about the practicality of the clothes you’re about to buy. I often ask myself several questions about how practical an item is before I buy it. These questions include: is it machine washable? Does it have pockets? Are the pockets big enough to fit my phone? Is the fabric comfortable? Will this item be comfortable for me to wear all day long? When will I wear this? Answering these and other questions will help you to determine specific things that you like or want in the clothes you buy.
Step 3: Start With Neutral Basics
So now that you know what fits and what you like, you need to know where to start. The best place to start is with your basics. Now there are many people who will tell you what basic clothes you need and etc, but I believe that is up to you to decide. You know what your needs are more than anyone else, and that applies to clothes as well. Your clothing needs will depend on what you do for work, what you do in your spare time, and how often you wear these.
Here are some examples of some basics that I need:
-A good pair of comfortable and flattering jeans
-Some comfortable tee shirts
-A good pair of flats
-At least a few comfortable dresses and skirts
-A few nice blouses
And the list goes on. But look through your closet to determine what your basic needs are, the things you wear every day/week, and write down a list. Once you have that list, look for those items in neutral colors. Why neutral? Your basics need to be something you can wear with a lot of different items. If you choose neutral colors for your basics then you will be able to wear them with anything!
Neutrals don’t have to be boring either, and there are many different types of neutral colors to pick from. It doesn’t have to be literally black and white. You can choose any color that will go with a lot of items! Personally I love navy, grey, blush pink, dark greens, and browns as my neutral colors. These colors go well with most of the items in my closet so I know I can’t go wrong with them.
Step 4: Invest in Quality
This is a big one. When creating a minimalist capsule wardrobe these items need to last for many years, so they must be very good quality. Choosing quality items also helps us to reduce the amount of clothes we need. Why have a dozen cheap tee shirts when you could have one or two great ones that will last a long time?
This can be the hardest part of creating a capsule wardrobe, especially if you’re on a budget. But I promise that it is well worth it. Let me explain why:
Let’s take for example shoes. I can easily dress a pair of flats up or down so I wear them all the time. Yet, flats are notorious for not lasting long. I used to get at least one new pair of flats every summer because they wore out. They weren’t very expensive so I didn’t think much of it. Yet that money adds up over time, and it’s super wasteful! So instead I recently invested in this fantastic pair of flats that I expect to have for many years. Although these shoes cost more up front, they’ll last longer so I’ll still save money. And now instead of spending time looking for a new pair of shoes every summer, I can spend that time on more important things.
Choosing well made garments are worth the expense because they save you time, energy, and money in the long run.
Step 5: Be Happy With What You Have
This one can be a tough one. I am a bit of a perfectionist so before I buy something I want to make sure it’s perfect. But, after you find the perfect garment and buy it-STOP LOOKING! Sometimes we spend so much time trying to find the perfect garment that once we have it we still look for an even better one! Instead, learn to love that item first, wear it until you no longer can, and then replace it.
One tip to help you do this is once you found the perfect item for your capsule wardrobe don’t buy anything else like it, even if you think it’s better. Stop looking, and enjoy wearing your new outfit. This includes items you already have. If you don’t need a new pair of jeans, shirt, shoes, or whatever, DON’T BUY MORE! When trying to simplify your wardrobe, assess it and look where it’s truly lacking. Before buying something, ask yourself if that is a want or a need, be honest, and then put it back. This will help you to truly find happiness in the things you wear and will save you a lot of money.
Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Musts!
So how can we create a minimalist capsule wardrobe? First, we need to be very specific and know what we love and what works for us. Then, we need to start with our basics and choose neutral colors that make us happy. And last, we need to invest in quality garments that will last a long time, and that will save us money in the long run. But most importantly we need to learn how to be happy with the items we already have in our lives.
Ask yourself if your clothes are functional, simple, and bring you joy. If the answer is yes then you really have learned that less is more.
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