What I’ve learned from building a Capsule Wardrobe

What I’ve learned from building a Capsule Wardrobe

For spring I’ve been building a Capsule Wardrobe, just because I want to try it out. Soon you’ll be able to read what is in my capsule wardrobe. Here are some things I’ve learned from building one!

A lot of my clothes don’t coordinate well
I have a closet filled with clothing, but since I started this blog I’ve been staring at it and no idea what to wear. I really want to feature outfit posts along with the lifestyle ones I’ve been posting. But I just didn’t know where to start. So I thought that a Capsule Wardrobe would be a great beginning! While buidling my wardrobe I’ve discovered that a lot of my clothes don’t go really well together. Sometimes because of the fitting form and other times the colours. Well, that certainly explains why I’ve been grabbing the same sweater-skirt and sweater-jeans combination for the past month or so..

Where did my basics go?
I thought that I had enough basics. But noooo, I actually don’t. I barely have any basics, actually. I concluded that the lack of basics makes it even more difficult to build a Capsule Wardrobe.

It’s more difficult than it seems
At first I thought building a capsule wardrobe was a piece of cake. 37 items never could be that much, right? Wrong. It’s quite a lot when you have to think about each item you add to the list. Will this item go well with at least three other items? I have given myself the rule that I have to be able to create at least 3 looks with one item, otherwise it won’t go into my capsule wardrobe!

It also takes longer than you think
I wanted to publish my wardrobe at the start of spring, on March 20th. But it seems like I won’t even be done by then. The amount of thinking and considering and trying to make combinations is really time consuming. When I started this project I thought I would be done in a week or so. Well, I was wrong once again! It already took me three days to figure out how much of each item I wanted in my wardrobe and then I’ve already changed this about three times while putting my wardrobe together.

Sometimes less is more
I think this is what the capsule wardrobe is all about: Sometimes less is more! Right now I’m stuck at 23 items and still building my wardrobe. I’m mostly going towards black & white clothing because that’s easier to combine. Lately I’ve started adding a few items of colour in my list, because I don’t want to wear black & white the whole spring. How many black & white tops does somebody need? Just pick a few and go with them. You don’t need a long sleeved & a short sleeved top of each colour in the spring. You can work with layers! Just add an extra cardigan instead.

I’m still going along with my idea to do a Capsule Wardrobe for Spring. But I’ll publish my item list once I have 37 items. However, I will start using the items I already have to create outfits starting from March 20th. I’m very excited to start this project!

Now, just one more thing I want to say: I’ve learned a lot from building a Capsule Wardrobe and I might make one for each season. However, this does not mean I’ll be only wearing capsule wardrobes from now on. I’m using it as a tool to get a better insight of my wardrobe, what I miss in it and what I have too much of.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe? Let me know how many items you have and how you go along with it! I’m very curious!

3 thoughts on “What I’ve learned from building a Capsule Wardrobe”

  • I think following the rule of 3 outfits or it’s not going in my wardrobe is great! Sometimes I don’t always follow this rule because of trend pieces and so on. But, I also have literally no basics, you always assume you have loads until you actually look over your wardrobe 😂

  • I am trying to do a capsule wardrobe too! Sometimes I stand in front of my closet and struggle with finding something to wear. It’s tough! I like your ideas and now I’m motivated to keep going!

  • I don’t have a capsule wardrobe, but I am trying to be more practical about the things I buy. Like you said, I’ve got a lot of stuff that seemed to be a good idea at the time, but don’t actually go with anything else I already own. I look forward to hearing more about your capsule wardrobe!

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

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