Designing a capsule wardrobe for summer is a good way for you to maintain a minimal
Designing a Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is one thought of with minimalism in mind. You want clothes that mix and match easily, creating many outfit combinations with minimal amount of pieces. Clothes that are comfortable and easy to care for. Most of all, you want clothes that you love to wear.
Designing a capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean starting from scratch. You can utilize clothes that you already have to create your wardrobe or at least begin its structure. If pieces are missing that you need, then you can go out and shop for them. The first step is the decluttering process.
The Decluttering Process
Before you begin actually going through the clothes you have, you should define what activities you need the clothes for. For example,
- casual-around the house, shopping errands, casual events
- work-clothes for your working environment
- special occasion-parties, night out on the town
You will want to empty your closet and then divide clothes up into these sections:
- clothes to keep
- out of season clothes to keep
- for donation
- clothes for discard
Things to think of as you go through your closet:
- does it fit?
- do these clothes feel comfortable?
- how many of these do I have?
- when did I last wear this?
- do I love this?
Fine Tune The Declutter
The first time through a declutter will likely not be the final product. This basically has to do with the fact that you may have some emotional attachment to a certain article of clothing. Maybe you don’t fit in some clothes and you think you may again some day. For these items, I would give it a time limit. If you haven’t wore the clothes in the past 6 months to a year (depending on the temperature variation where you live), it might be time to depart with them.
Time To Think Seasons!
Do any of the clothes you have chosen to keep, work in more than one season? Very likely
At this point, it’s important to look at how often you are involved in the activities you outlined earlier in the post here. Remember? Clothes for casual, clothes for working, clothes for special occasions. Divide your clothes up into YOUR particular categories and start mixing and matching your outfits.
Do you have 10 pair of jeans and 2 t-shirts? Perhaps for the summer, keeping out 2 pair of jeans and maybe getting a couple more t-shirts would round out your wardrobe better. You could wear t-shirts with jeans and maybe shorts and capris in
Think Color Palette
Back in the 1990’s Elaine St. James wrote many books on simplifying your life (many of which I had the pleasure of reading). In Living The Simple Life, Elaine talks about decluttering your wardrobe much the way, I am describing it here, although I don’t recall her actually using the term “capsule wardrobe”. She did discuss in great detail however, the idea of building your wardrobe around a simple color palette. One that could be used year round and at the least, certainly interchangeably. She used black, white and a variation of gray for her wardrobe. This covered her in both formal and work circumstances. To read more about Elaine’s ideas on simplifying your life, you can read my blog post, “Living The Simple Life-25 Years Later”.
Elaine St. James book on methods to declutter your life including your wardrobe. You can get your copy here!
Think Clothing Types
For summer, you want to think cool! If you live in a particularly hot climate, you may not need as many jeans or long pants. Shorts, capris, and leggings might feel more like summer for you. Tank tops, t-shirts, and light airy tops will likely be more suitable than sweaters and hoodies. Flip flops and sandals might be
Get More Use Of Your Wardrobe
Developing a capsule wardrobe, not only gives you a highly functioning wardrobe, it also simplifies it! Imagine a closet with lots of space and yet filled with just the clothes you love, and work to your advantage. I hope you have found this article useful. It can be used for any “season” of your life so develop your system to simplify your wardrobe-one season at a time!
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