Do you ever feel like you have a wardrobe packed with clothes but never anything to wear? I certainly do.
Over the years I would buy items, cheap or expensive, because I liked them. Not because they looked good on me or would complement other items in my wardrobe. So it’s no real surprise that I ended up with piles of mismatched items and worse, sending thousands of pounds worth of clothes off to the charity shop at regular intervals (once a pair of lovely Pucci sunglasses by mistake…still gutted about that!).
But as I get older, I think I get a bit wiser and I try to learn from those around me – you know the ones, they always look put together even if they don’t spend lots of money on new outfits. I believe I am finally seeing there is a truth to the “capsule wardrobe” concept.
With a capsule wardrobe you invest in 24 good quality, timeless, simple pieces in neutral colours (black, white, brown, navy, cream) that you can mix and match to build outfits for all (or most all) occasions that arise in your daily life. These items are the foundation of your wardrobe and they must suit your body type, personality and lifestyle.
All very well in theory, but where to start? So, I set myself The Capsule Wardrobe Challenge! Below is my wardrobe, full of stuff. I wear about 10% of it and I wear a lot of black!
The foundation items for the capsule wardrobe are: 1 pair of dark blue jeans, 1 pair of dark coloured trousers, 1 dark coloured skirt, 2 dresses, 2 jackets, 6 tops, 1 coat, 2 scarves, 2 belts, 2 bags, 4 pairs of shoes. With these 24 items you can make any number of outfits, using accessories to dress them up or down depending on the occasion.
As I left my job a year ago and am pretty much skint, I decided heading out to the shops for these 24 items was a no, no. Besides, wouldn’t that be repeating my errors of the past – not making best use of what I have?! Instead, I went through my wardrobe and pulled out various items within each of the above categories – things I like, things I wear a lot and some things I’d forgotten I had. I photographed them all (below) and tried them all on to decide which ones made it into my capsule wardrobe.
And here it is, my capsule wardrobe!!
Now the challenge is to dress myself each day from only these items and to experiment with combinations I’ve not tried before. Below are the outfits I have worn each day so far. Let me know what you think!
And hey, why not give this a go yourself?! It’s fun and it’s enlightening – amazing what you can create when you set yourself limitations!