Working on my Capsule Wardobe
A little break from interiors today and I’m sharing some progress on my capsule wardrobe adventures.
This book is in depth, but not complicated. To get the most out of it I think you need to put time and work into it. Yes work! There are loads of exercises to do. It is possible to dip in and out, just taking snippets of information, but if you want to really achieve something different with your wardrobe, well you need to put the work in.
So I’m taking it very slowly, because you know, LIFE.
Despite the fact I’m being a slow coach with it, I am finding myself being much more considered when buying new stuff. Taking a while to make the purchasing decision. Making sure it’s not just an impulse buy. Really thinking about how many ways I’d wear it, if its multi-seasonal, is it easy to care for.
All these thoughts are now going through my head when looking at clothes to buy, and even when shopping my own wardrobe.
I’ve been taking baby steps with it, but I’m regularly editing my own wardrobe now too. Thinking about colours, patterns, and the number of times I’ve worn it. Does it even fit me properly? Has it worn out? Has it shrunk? I may be keeping it purely for sentimental reasons (there’s a great section in the book about this; spoiler, it’s not necessarily a bad thing).
The book asks you to start collecting pictures of clothing/looks/styles you love and of course I found it easy to do on Pinterest. You can see my full board here if you fancy. I’ve decanted the essence of it into this collage below, to also include colours that repeatedly crop up in the stuff I like.
By doing this it enables you to shop with the knowledge that things will work together. Adding the same principles to what you already own, it becomes more obvious when things don’t play well. It helps you edit your wardrobe down so it is less overwhelming, and you can create outfits to wear every morning.
You are encouraged to play with silhouettes too. I’ve found is that I need to have my waist defined, usually by tucking in whatever I’m wearing on my top half. I also like stripes- quelle suprise! Shirts and Dr Martens are another thing that keep cropping up… Its exciting redefining my style again and I really recommend this book.
Do let me know what you think, I’d love to know if you’ve created a capsule wardrobe, or intend too.
The image below is curated from my Pinterest but I’ve searched high and low for the original sources (also below). I think I got most of them, but if you know different just give me a shout.
Image credits from left to right
- Des Petits Hauts Spring Summer 2015 Look Book
- The Travelling Camera
- Lucy Love
- DMs and mom jeans (cant find original source)
- The Sartorialist
- Winona Ryder by Albert Sanchez
- Dr Martens
- Emma Elwin- Make It Last
- High waist paperbag trousers ASOS America
- Paz Halabi Rodriguez
- My colour grabs
- Street style
- Dungaree sewing pattern
- Nicole Richie Vogue mag