I have been on a quest to create a capsule wardrobe for many many years. Sadly, it was a fool’s errand and I have not been successful.
I have the will but sadly not the execution!
I know the theory (I think we all do) … find a style that works for you – choose your colours and then find some classic pieces that mix and match.
But, I can’t do it! <<wails>>
To be fair, it is not entirely my fault! I do come from a long line of clothes hoarders – my Nana had to tie her wardrobe doors closed with string (her wardrobe was that full!)
I also have no idea what my style is – I know what I would like it be – I want to look classic with an edgy twist – but I can’t pull it off!
Then when it comes to the necessary “cull” I can’t bear to part with some items (I have an ancient pair of jeans that I use for painting and doing the garden in) – I can’t throw them out as they get used all the time but then again they don’t fit in with the whole minimalistic philosophy – perhaps people who have capsule wardrobes aren’t the DIY type or gardening type :)?!
Who knows! But over time – despite not being able to achieve the perfect capsule wardrobe (does it even exist?!) I have come up with the some top tips to help keep your wardrobe as organised as possible.
Hey .. it may not be capsule but it IS organised!
- At the the turn of the season pack away anything that you won’t be wearing – Think thick winter coats and jumpers or flimsy summer dresses and shorts. Pack them away neatly folded and put them somewhere safe. This does two things … keeps your wardrobe as uncluttered as possible and as an added bonus it is like Christmas when you unpack the clothes again. I always find something I forgot I had! It is like going shopping without spending any money! I did this yesterday and found a pair of trousers from last year that I had forgotten existed – I am wearing them today! Happy days!
- When you pack away your clothes be realistic! If there is anything that you haven’t worn/doesn’t fit or has seen better days … GET RID!
- Only buy clothes that fit – now this may sound very obvious. But I KNOW there will be some of you (I have been guilty of this) who will promise yourselves that you will squeeze into a pair of slightly too small jeans when they buy them – but let’s be truthful it won’t happen and they will just sit in your wardrobe and remind you of your failed diet! I had an amazing dress once (that was a liiiittle bit too tight) and I swear I could hear it laughing at me every time I opened my wardrobe!
- Buy clothes that suit your lifestyle. Do not buy clothes that fit in with your dream lifestyle. Ok bear with me on this … I am a mum of three boys and I work from home. Therefore what need do I have for a smart work outfit – I can’t remember the last time I even went into an office! Shoes with heels? Forget it! I do stair wistfully sometimes at the lovely fashion bloggers in their immaculate dry clean only dresses .. but it is not for me (too prone to spilling my lunch) … anything I buy like that (whilst it may be beautiful) won’t get worn. Don’t go there!
- And finally if you hate ironing as much as me – then don’t buy clothes that need ironing you will wear them once – wash them and then realise you have to plug the iron in – and they will languish all sad and crumpled in your wardrobe until the end of time.