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What I've learned from building a capsule wardrobe

What I've learned from building a capsule wardrobe
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In a previous post, I shared some tips on how to get started with your capsule wardrobe. As a reminder, a capsule wardrobe is a curated closet of stylish, comfortable, quality clothing you can wear for any occasion in any weather. In this article, I will share some of the things I've learned from building a capsule wardrobe.

Start from what you have.

Some people believe that you should completely revamp all of your current clothing items. This might be necessary if you are experiencing a significant life change, such as relocating to an area with a different climate than your current location. If this is your situation, you can start by looking at what you have and streamlining from there. Also, do some research to understand what the weather is like there so you incorporate suitable clothing for that climate.

It can take time

Like most things, building a capsule wardrobe can take time, depending on your budget and your vision for it. It's a process that involves decluttering, organizing, and finding the right clothing that is true to you while sticking to a set budget.

For me, I started by decluttering and then organising my closet, after which I made an inventory of everything I wanted to keep, things I needed to donate, and items I needed to recycle. I didn't need to do a complete overhaul. Once I got all that out of the way, I gradually began adding key pieces to my wardrobe. While it can be overwhelming, the rewards are definitely worth it.

A capsule wardrobe is not rigid.

A common theme in building a capsule wardrobe is starting with neutrals–think colours like black, white, grey, navy, khaki or olive, and brown. This is because neutrals can be easily mixed and matched without overpowering the rest of your outfits.

But what if you're not a minimalist? What if you prefer prints, patterns, or bright, colourful clothing? What if your style changes? Do you have to abandon your style to start a capsule wardrobe? The answer is no!

In fact, the versatility of a capsule wardrobe allows you to mix and match the items you have. Whether you choose a minimalist theme, prefer vibrant hues, or a combination of both, the key is to choose items that work well with what you already own and build from there.

Quality doesn't have to be expensive.

Some may find this a hard truth, but expensive doesn't equate to quality. There are relatively affordable quality pieces you can invest in that last and complement your existing wardrobe without breaking the bank. For example, you can thrift, capitalise on sales and discounts from retail stores and shop off-season. However, if you have the budget for it, you can always splurge!

Consider other factors

Putting it all together, in addition to your lifestyle, colour palette, budget, and climate, other factors like the quality of the fabric and size and fit are important. Knowing the quality of the fabric will help you care for your clothes properly, and understanding your size and fit will enable you to choose clothing that flatters your figure and boosts your confidence.