Is It Time For A Clutter-Free Capsule Wardrobe?
Have you ever stared dreamily at the ‘capsule wardrobe’ posts on Pinterest and wishes you could give your own closet a clear out? Achieving a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to be as dramatic (or as full crisp white Cos clothing) as you might imagine. After all, if you think about you may realise that you wear the same five things all the time anyway.
The aim is not to get rid of all your worldly possessions, but more to discover a ‘uniform’ for this stage in your life, to stop spending money on cheap high-street fad clothes you’ll never wear and instead carefully choose pieces you love, and (deep breath) to say goodbye to those old favourites that are now too worn out.
Here are our top tips for simplifying your life with a capsule wardrobe:
Let go of perfection
It’s vital when creating a capsule wardrobe that you tailor it to your real life. Don’t go all Sex and the City on it just because things look beautiful, if they’re not the items you actually wear: Aiming for perfection is stressful and intimidating, and the process of creating a capsule wardrobe with just what you need is a learning curve.
These aren’t the only clothes you must own for life, and making your capsule wardrobe is an experiment, not a permanent decision. Instead, tweaking the clothes in your capsule every now and again to better fit your life, is all part of the fun.
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Create your own rules
Clearing out your wardrobe is meant to make your life (or at least getting dressed) easier; it’s not some form of punishment. So decide how you want to go about it. You may want to stick to a set amount (some say 37) to discover how much you actually need, or keep it a bit looser. You may want to include absolutely everything in this, or exclude pyjamas etc (though it may be time to clear that too if you’re anything like me.) And you may be finding your new style as a mom, or you may want to ban yourself from hitting the shops for a while – just decide what you want to achieve, and what will work for you; and stick to it.
The point of a capsule wardrobe is not about the number of items. It’s about being intentional and choosing to live with less clothing to making getting dressed simpler and stress-free. So find your own personal style and don’t be tempted to strictly copy anyone else’s method, or choice of items.
Learn as you go
Use any adjustments you’re making as lessons to learn more about your personal style, and what really works. If you find there are items you’re not wearing, try to work out why – Is it the comfort? The colour? The style? Is it too hard to clean? Does it not go with the rest of your clothes? A great tip when shopping is to consider how much you can wear that item with, that you already own.
Also, notice which items you wear a lot, and why you like them. Not only will your future capsule wardrobes be even better, but it will make shopping a much easier experience.
Make your capsule wardrobe unique to you
I hope this post will encourage and empower you to create your own capsule wardrobe rules to declutter your clothes and create a capsule wardrobe that works for you and your life. Don’t think you have to follow someone else’s formula for a capsule wardrobe or make your capsule look exactly like someone else’s. Just as minimalism, in general, should be personal and unique to the person practising it, so should your capsule wardrobe.
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From Left: Zara Striped Shirt, River Island Plus Molly Jeggings, H&M Strappy Maxi Dress
Why not include some of these key pieces?
A Button Down Shirt
A great shirt can be a daily staple, and there’s not much that is more nursing-friendly. Plus whether you leave it open, or buttoned to the top, and whether the sleeves are rolled up or down can change the look entirely. For a capsule wardrobe, you would just pick a couple really versatile ones, maybe a good plain one, and something with a (not too overpowering) pattern. If you’re stocking up, check how much they crease by scrunching a bit in your hand, and make sure it’s machine washable.
A Maxi Dress
If you're not a big trouser person, casual maxi (or midi) dresses can be a great alternative. They can be thrown on in a matter of moments, while looking like you've actually thought about your outfit. Bonus points go to v-neck or partial button-down dresses which are nursing-friendly as well as comfortable. Just make sure you choose a style that can be layered up with a long-sleeve t-shirt underneath, or a jacket on top.
What did we do before jeggings? They’re more smart and flattering than leggings, but much comfier than jeans – just check how stretchy they are particularly around the ankle, and look for a hard-wearing fabric. Current favourites include Dorothy Perkins, River Island, and M&S.
A Midi Skirt
Midi skirts are great for dressing up or down, so look for one that you could throw on with thick tights and a jumper, or wear to go out. A-line skirts are often the most flattering.
A Plain Woollen Jumper
Whether you prefer v-neck or round neck, a great jumper is a godsend, and if you pick the right colour it can be worn to layer most of the other items. Don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes buy them in the men’s section where they are often longer, thicker, and cheaper.
A Leather Jacket
Nothing makes you feel cooler than a black leather jacket (especially with sunglasses – but only when it’s sunny). Shop around for the right fit and buttery soft leather to ensure it gets the wear it deserves.
Clockwise from top right: Mango sunglasses, River Island cross-body bag, H&M felt hat, Mango flowers printed scarf
Do you have thousands of bags lurking in your wardrobe even though you only use two? You’ll often be using a nappy bag anyway, but a great cross body bag, or tote that sits nicely on your shoulder are great for when you’re going incognito, and a small cross-body handbag is great when you don’t want to route around in the pram for your credit card/keys.
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You might also like:
- A great hat (beanie of felt with brim) can cover a multitude of sins and bad hair days!
- Sunglasses are ideal when you want to cover up the lack of sleep, and feel chic again. The bigger the better in my book!
- A wide cotton scarf can dress up an outfit, keep you warm, and wipe up minor spillages. What’s not to love?
Remember that by mixing and matching, and using the right makeup, accessories, and nail varnish, there is a whole host of possibility in a capsule wardrobe. It’s okay for the clear out to be an ongoing process – after the first haul you may discover things you really don’t need. And any time you panic when you see how much is going to the charity shop, remember that you have thoughtfully and intentionally chosen your new and improved wardrobe. And now you’ll always have something good to wear!
So would you slim down to a capsule wardrobe, or do you love the variety of a jam-packed closet of opportunity? We'd love to hear.