Around three weeks ago, I made a very prompt decision.
I needed a capsule wardrobe. My clothing situation was completely unruly and it was getting me down. I couldn’t spot my favourites from my bursting wardrobe, and I was feeling guilty for not wearing 80% of the items I owned. I’m a huge fan of Anna from The Anna Edit and have had admired her paired back style for years. A while ago, she opted for a capsule wardobe and has shared her journey on her channels – and I have to say, I’ve been pretty hooked from the start. I’ve loved seeing Anna’s style evolve and grow into something so polished, and so on one quiet Saturday in early August, I took the plunge.
I had been reading Un-Fancy, a blog that Anna signposted me to, that focuses on a capsule wardrobe and how to get yourself started. I devoured the site, and read all about the 10×10 project (10 items of clothing for 10 days), the 37 item rule and the checklist for getting yourself going. I was pretty hooked and couldn’t wait to get myself started. Something that really resonated with me was a particular tip from Un-Fancy author Caroline and from there, I was sucked in. So how did I go about getting started? Here are my three tips for beginners capsule success!
Pull it all out (…no, really)
We’ve all heard this one hundreds of times – when you’re having a wardrobe clearout, pull out everything you own onto the bed. And I never did it – I couldn’t see the value in the aggravation. Until Caroline made me see – pull it all out, every last bit, and then pick your absolute I want to wear it now favourites, and put them back in. Once you’ve added back in your ride or die items, take a step back. That’s your style. That snapshot is what you love. I was so excited to do this – although the outcome was no shock to me. Stripes, blue denim and neutrals. But it felt so good to confirm it, and see those gorgeous pieces I adored hanging there together, giving me the foundation for my new curated wardrobe.
Identify gaps & streamline your shopping
This is one for your iPhone notes, and not really something you can decide by sitting down and having a big, long think. It’s something that will come to you adhoc, when you least expect it and you’ll want to jot down what they are as they come – it’s about identifying what you’re wardrobe is missing, in line with your new snapshot style. For me, I’m missing red stripes, black denim and a lace cami to wear under items. So now, whenever I get the urge to check ASOS, I know what to look for rather than aimlessly browsing (and spending wasted money).
One in, one out
And finally, this one only applies if you’re pushing the boundaries on your 40-odd items (the rough size a capsule wardrobe should/could be), but I’m really enjoying the one in, one out method of replacing certain items. There were a few things I put back into my wardrobe that I love, but they’re a little bit tired/tight/old. Over the last month, I’ve slowly replaced them – my oversized cream jumper for this beauty, and most recently my basic grey tee. It’s really satisfying and I’m feeling much for contented by my purchases already!
I’ve been telling anyone who will listen over the past few weeks just how liberating a capsule wardrobe is – those intentional purchases actually make me feel more invested in fashion, which was my initial worry. I was concerned I’d lose any semblance of interest in trends and become stagnant, but really qualifying and thinking through my purchases, to stand the test of time, is making me so much more aware – of myself, my style and my buys. I’m so looking forward to entering into a new autumn and building on my foundations – believe me, getting dressed in the morning is a dream!
Shop some of my new wardrobe staples below!