Women spend hours of shopping and prefer clothing shopping much more than men do. In fact, women also own and wear more of the clothes they have than men do. That said organizing a section of your closet into a seamless capsule wardrobe might be hard if you own several different items. Nonetheless, capsule wardrobes make things so much easier as it only uses a few staple clothing items and from there on you can mix and match. This post covers a few easy steps to building a capsule wardrobe for women.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
Before understanding the basis of capsule wardrobes, let’s first understand what it truly means and how the basics work.
A capsule wardrobe, simply put, is a collection of clothes suited to the season. This collection is the staple basics that you’ll need and of course love. For example, jeans can be part of your capsule wardrobe all year round because it suits any weather. The same applies to trainers; they’re flexible, comfortable, and able to match with various clothing items.
What makes a capsule wardrobe for women great?
Capsule wardrobes make life simpler. It takes the time out from having to search through your entire wardrobe and fit various items on. It’s easy because items are already pre-selected and matched with each other.
The perks of having a capsule wardrobe:
- Reduces the time it takes to get dressed
- You’ll have a better sense of your personal style
- It’s easy to identify what your wardrobe needs (as you assess which items you’re keeping)
- It doesn’t take up much space
- To maintain and modify your capsule wardrobe is effortless throughout the year (when seasons change)
How many clothing items are in a capsule wardrobe for women?
There isn’t a fixed number of garments for women because capsule wardrobes are custom to the wearer. If you want 10 items, then set up 10, if you want 30 or even 40, the choice is yours. The only thing to remember is that those items set aside for your capsule must be flexible or adaptable to any occasion.
You can sub-divide it into categories
- “date night/fun outings”
- “outdoor adventures”
- “dress up”
The perks of capsule wardrobes for women
Ladies, we all know that familiar “run” of rummaging through clothes in the cupboard, trying an item only to discover it doesn’t fit well then chucking it back. Then you try another and repeat the same trip over and over again.
This is not only time consuming but also frustrating and leads many to simply purchase new clothing (even if it wasn’t necessary). A capsule wardrobe eliminates the time-consuming “fit sessions” and disappointments of items not working well with each other in an endless “what to wear scenario”.
How to make a capsule wardrobe for women
Capsule wardrobes are easy to make and they are great investments. The following steps are just simple ways to make your very own capsule wardrobe and start saving time, money and enjoying your clothes in a completely new light.
Another important thing to bear in mind is that the capsule wardrobe you create will be tailor-made to the season experienced. Therefore, if it is autumn, you’re going to have clothing picks that are good for colder weather with occasional sunny warm days in between.
Step #1 Revamp, sort, donate
Before selecting what items you want, you first need to have a look at what’s going on in your main wardrobe. Are their items you don’t wear anymore, are their small outdated things you’d love to toss? It’s time to get generous and donate those clothing items you’d like to part with.
Step #2 Select your items
The next step is to select your items from those you’ve chosen to keep. Which items do you prefer wearing, what about the colour and textures, which of those do you like most.
From here on you’ll make a selection. Some people prefer numbers and if this sounds like you then go with it. For example 10 tops, 4 bottoms, 3 shoes (accessories and undergarments don’t have to form part of your capsule wardrobe)
Step #3 The truly basic pieces (optional)
Some people will add basic pieces such as undergarments, accessories, loungewear, and a gym outfit. This step is optional since many capsule wardrobes only have the actual outfits you’d like to wear for an occasion or a day out, or for running errands. The basic pieces could be about 10 to 15 items (again, this depends on your preference).