How many times in your life have you bought something that you eventually didn't wear as much as you thought you would wear it, simply because you don't like it so much as you thought you would? Or because you can't succeed to combine it well with the rest of your clothing? Basically it's wasted money and this happened to me too many times. That's why I am such a fan of this capsule wardrobe technique.
The idea behind this technique
As I said before, the idea behind this technique is that you only purchase the basics in the beginning, such as short sleeve shirts and long sleeve shirts, a good pair of indigo jeans and a good pair of black skinny jeans, a simple cardigan, a leather jacket, a denim jacket... Basically all the basic must haves. Also the thing is to go for quality instead of quantity. Make sure all your basics are and timeless and good quality (that way they last longer).
It's also very practical to choose a sort of 'wardrobe theme' for yourself. That way you won't have a bunch of different clothing styles hanging in your wardrobe, making it harder for you to combine the individual clothing pieces together. The capsule wardrobe technique is all about minimalism. I myself get a little crazy sometimes because I own so much clothing I don't wear much or don't even like that much. This technique is so perfect for me. Now it's only a matter of starting this project, I guess!
Starting the project
But actually applying this capsule wardrobe technique to your wardrobe can take long. Since you want to purchase basic items that are a good quality, you might not have enough budget to buy all the basics at once. It could take some patience maybe to finally own the 'perfect' basic wardrobe, but to me it's totally worth it.
This is a perfect example of a capsule wardrobe. (source)
Because this is, after all, my personal blog, I'd like to share my 'must have basic items-list' with you. It might come in handy for you too!
☑ A pair of black skinny jeans (I actually own two pairs)
☑ A pair of indigo skinny jeans
☑ A pair of high waisted black jeans (does a pair of fake leather pants count too?)
☑ A pair of high waisted denim jeans
☐ A black bodycon skirt
☑ Basic, colored short sleeve tops (I own a white, grey, mint and light pink top)
☑ A top with a v-neck )
☐ A little black dress
☑ Two to three flattering (f.e. floral) dresses (although I want mooore (this is so against the whole minimalism point...) (so far I own one perrrfect floral dress)
☐ A black skater skirt
☑ More than enough black tights
☑ A denim jacket
☑ A leather jacket
☑ A black cardigan
☐ A grey, long cardigan
☑ A black blazer
☑ A long dress
☐ A white blouse
☑ Around three neutral colored sweaters (I own two so far)
☑ White pair of shorts
☐ Denim pair of shorts
☐ A pair of black shorts
(I excluded shoes, accessories and jewellery, which is 'allowed' in this project btw, haha)
I believe this is it. I have checked all the items I already own, so I can see what items I still need to purchase. When it comes to the denim and leather jacket: I already own those too, but I am not satisfied with the look and feel of them, so I'd like to re-purchase those two items. Also I am not so satisfied with a few of the sweaters I own. I do wear them, but it's not that I LOVE to wear them.
But what about my 'old' clothes?
It's not like you are supposed to throw all your 'old' (the items that aren't basic) clothes away. If you really love an item, you can keep it and combine it with all the basics you own. But, keep in my mind this project is also about minimalism. I can imagine it somehow feels incredibly good to own less clothing, but always have something to wear, just because you own the clothing that suits you perfectly and works flattering for you.
The whole point of this thing - especially for myself, since I am such an impulsive buyer - is to stop buying clothes... (take a guess) impulsively. But it's not that your whole wardrobe is supposed to be filled with only basic (boring?) items. Another rule is that you may buy a certain number of trendy/seasonal clothing pieces every season, so you're wardrobe stays up to date and fashionable.
Oh, this seems the perfect system/technique for me and I cannot wait to get started with this. I'll start this weekend by sorting out my closet and throwing away the items I don't love so much. I feel so excited already!
So, what do you think about this capsule wardrobe technique? Would you do this? Let me know in the comments! ♥
Note: I am a 99,99% sure I made tons of grammar mistakes in this article and I am sorry for that. For some reason I am thinking about switching back to blogging in Dutch, but I don't like to give up on blogging in English, since I also really like it. What do you think? Please let me know!