I’m so excited about the capsule wardrobe project we’re starting up on the sugarmamma.tv blog, and I hope you’ll follow along and get some tips along the way! Over the next few weeks I’ll be talking about the steps to planning your very own capsule wardrobe, and the pieces that you’ll be wearing to create outfits from.
Have you ever had a good look in your wardrobe and been surprised to see items that still have tags on them? Or items that you totally forgot you had? Even if your closet is full of clothes, do you find that you only reach for your favourite outfits? According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, we only ever wear 20% of the clothes in our wardrobe, and the capsule wardrobe is one way to make sure we make the most of the clothes we actually wear. There are many different definitions of what a capsule wardrobe is, but the main premise is that it is a small collection of clothes that is worn over a certain period of time (typically over three months). These clothes are only items that you love, are really versatile, and can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways.
Hopefully by now you would have done a wardrobe edit so you have a better idea of the clothes you love and bring you joy; if not, this is a great time to get stuck into getting your clothes organised as you follow along with our capsule wardrobe posts! The next step after cleaning out your wardrobe is defining your style.
Defining your style involves a number of steps, and I’ll be talking about them over a couple of posts in detail. You may already have an idea of what your style is; great! The process below and over the next few weeks will help those who want to clearly define what their personal style is to help determine the pieces in their capsule wardrobe.
Have a look at your lifestyle activities and think about what it is you do during the week. Include things such as work, catch ups or drinks with friends, going to the shops playdates with your mum’s group… anything that involves you getting dressed up and out of the house. You can put these down in a table format like below. Calculate the amount of time in a week you spend doing these activities (no need to be super exact!). Then, write down the outfit description (eg. professional, classic, polished) and your favourite or go-to pieces for each activity.
Examples of how you can complete the table include:
|Activity||Number of hours/week||Outfit description||Favourite/go-to outfits|
|Working in the office (include method of commute)||48||Professional, corporate, business||White button up, black pencil skirt, black pumps, black leather tote|
|Shopping||5||Practical, comfortable||Jeans, t-shirt, sandals, crossbody bag|
|Drinks with friends||3-4||Dressy, girly, chic, stylish||Spaghetti strap blouse, leather knee length skirt, strappy black heels, metallic clutch bag|
|Playgroup||4||Comfortable, not too tight, good for running after kids||Drawstring pants, slip on shoes, tank top|
|Gym classes||4||Breathable, easy to move in, supportive||Tank top, leggings, sneakers, duffel bag|
By doing this, you’ll get a clear picture of the activities you need to plan outfits for. You’ll also start getting some ideas on the words to describe your personal style (eg. relaxed/casual/chic/professional), which will then guide the kind of outfits you’ll create. In addition, it gives you a start on what items to include in your own capsule wardrobe.
Click through to my blog to see how I go through this process myself!
Next week I’ll be talking about part B of defining your style. Be sure to check back then to read about what and who inspires you, and how to find outfit ideas, to help shape your capsule wardrobe!
Eileen is a blogger at 5feetofstyle.com, where she writes about style inspiration, how-to-wear ideas, and capsule wardrobe outfits. She is also an busy mother of two little ones. Visit her blog or follow her style and motherhood adventures on Instagram at 5.foot.style. Header image via Instagram account yasmin_dxb