Steps to building a Capsule Wardrobe

I recently spoke about decluttering my wardrobe as a first step towards a capsule wardrobe. Today I wanted to share the next steps that I am going to be doing to complete my summer capsule.

MAKE SURE YOU LOVE THE CLOTHES YOU HAVE

So now that I’ve had a clear out, my next step is to have a look at all the clothes that I have left and figure out why I kept these pieces and why they work so well. All the pieces I have kept in my wardrobe are items I love   that express my personal style . Before I start buying new clothes , I’m wearing everything I currently own to give me an idea of what it’s like to dress with less and work out where the gaps are in my wardrobe.

BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE

When I start purchasing the rest of my wardrobe I need to be completely realistic when  deciding what I need. I think I have written about this in a previous blog post, but there really is no point in going out and buying load of cute summer dresses if they’re not going to work with what you do on a day to day basis. Caroline from the blog Un-Fancy, includes a really useful section on the capsule wardrobe planner where you can map out your lifestyle in a kind of pie chart. I think this is super effective as it really helped me to break down my time to see what kind of clothes I need most, e.g. I work in a smart-casual environment 5 days a week so I need lots of pieces that work for that. But I also need to factor in any event or travel that will be happening during my capsule wardrobe months!

HAVING FUN WITH CLOTHES

This more of a reminder than a step, but I want to remind myself that even though I am restricted myself to a certain number of clothes does not in any way mean that they have to be boring. I am setting myself this challenge to make sure that I still love wearing every piece of my capsule wardrobe come the end of August. And if I don’t, then I want to figure out what worked well and what didn’t because nothing is truly perfect!

BUDGET AND SHOP

Next step, shop! After considering all the above i will be buying the clothes I want to add and finalising my capsule wardrobe ready for the 1st June. Of course this can be difficult because sustainable clothing in general is slightly more expensive, but as I said in my recent video, it’s all about looking at the options you have and make the most of vintage shopping!

MAKE A LIST OF GO TO OUTFITS

I wanted to add this step in as I think it’s a good idea to have a set of go to outfits/uniforms that you know look good and work so whenever you’re in a rubbish mood/don’t have time/haven’t got the energy to think then at least you have these outfits on hand to make you look and feel great!

Let me know in the comments below if you’re planning on doing a capsule wardrobe this summer and if you have any tips?