Ah, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming. Spring is here and you know what that means…it is time to update your wardrobe!
We have all searched our Pinterest boards and have saved pictures of influencers in pretty pastels, lightweight sweaters, and adorable flats, and we are ready to start shopping. Instead of cramming armloads of new clothes into your closet, that let’s be honest, we won’t wear half of them, maybe it’s time to minimize.
Not sure how? Don’t worry! Here at Clothing Shop Online, we have plenty of tips to help you have that Pinterest worthy spring capsule wardrobe.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A term coined by boutique owner Susie Faux in the 1970s, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of pieces that you have carefully picked to work in multiple outfit combinations that will never go out of style. The idea of a capsule wardrobe is to fill it with a small number of pieces that you absolutely love. Ideally, you would keep the number of items in it anywhere from 37 pieces and below. This is including pants, shirts, jackets, and accessories.
But why should you minimize your wardrobe? Well, not only do you create a more organized closet by doing this, but it allows you to:
- Be more thoughtful in your outfit choices.
- Spend less on purchasing clothes
- Cultivate your personal style
It is definitely something to practice if you are looking to get a better handle on your personal style and organization.
Decluttering Your Closet
Before you jump into getting rid of all of your clothes, take some time to declutter your current clothes situation. By taking the time to go through your closet, you may find pieces that you can utilize in your new capsule wardrobe. Yes, it may take more time than just starting completely over, but you will save a lot of money and find a renewed love for pieces already in your care. So, take the time to sort through your items, see what sparks joy ( à la Marie Kondo) and get to cleaning.
Need some suggestions on how to start detoxifying your wardrobe? Take a look at these easy tips to get you started!
Choosing Your Style
It’s important to know that a capsule wardrobe isn’t meant to limit your style, but it is meant for you to enhance your personal style. By minimizing the pieces in your closet to the ones that you truly love to wear, you are making choices in what you want your style to be.
Participating in this organizational technique, also helps you curate your wardrobe to your lifestyle as well. Maybe you live an active lifestyle and want to only have pieces that are versatile athleisure wear because you don’t have much use for a stiff button-down. This is just an example of how a capsule wardrobe is unique to you and only you.
Finally, you can also use your capsule wardrobe as a way to keep a consistent color palette within your closet. Because you are able to see the items within your closet, you can also take the time to make sure the colors within it compliment your style. Ask yourself questions like:
• What do I already have in my closet?
• What colors look best on me?
• What colors go well together?
• What colors are “in-season?”
Must-Haves for Your Wardrobe
So now that we’ve cleaned out our wardrobe and discovered our personal style, it’s time to talk about what you need to have in your capsule wardrobe…basics. Although they aren’t as exciting as the flashier pieces in your closet, having a good selection of quality basics is an important part of being able to form stylish and versatile outfits.
Some pieces that are a must-have for your capsule wardrobe are:
• A White T-Shirt
• A Breezy Tank Top
• A Light Jacket
• Comfy Sneakers
Check out our spring wardrobe must-haves and find basics that will be perfect for you!
Keeping It Up
In order to keep up the quality of your wardrobe, it is important to take good care of your pieces. Do this by knowing, the washing instructions of each garment and taking the time to hang up or fold each piece rather than leave it in your laundry basket to get wrinkled. Know the proper procedures for ironing the fabrics and also removing stains. Check out our post about fabric care to get a crash course in how to make your garments last longer.
As well as taking care of the clothes you choose to keep, you should also make a appoint to revisit the process of cleaning out your wardrobe at least once every three months. This way you can keep track of what pieces need to stay in your closet, be stored until next season, or be given away.
Less is more when it comes to the clothes you love, so start minimizing and follow our tips for getting that perfect closet that you see on every trendy blog! Also, don’t forget Clothing Shop Online when you’re stocking up on fashionable basics because we have plenty.