Welcome to the KEEPER Denim’s beginners guide on how to create a capsule wardrobe. But before we begin let’s look at:
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
It is a collection of a few essential and timeless pieces of clothing that won't go out of fashion. You can pair them with other basic and seasonal items to create a variety of different looks. A capsule wardrobe can include as few as 10 pieces or as many as 50 pieces, if they are items you will wear, it's completely up to you!
The best thing about this type of wardrobe is it will save you so much time! Whenever you open your closet to decide what to wear for the day, you will find a small collection of pieces that go well together, can be mixed and matched depending on the current season and you actually want to wear them! No more of those clothes at the back of your wardrobe that you don’t really like but haven’t had the time to sort through them and never wear. Sounds like a great idea right! Now let’s move on to how to create one!
How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe
Step 1 - Look
When was the last time you went through your wardrobe? If it was more than a year ago, then the best place to start is by taking everything out of your wardrobe and putting it all on your bed where you can see it. Here you can begin to look at what you wear and what you don’t.
Step 2 – Sort
Next, create four piles of items based on the following:
- Maybe - items you like but not sure if you want to keep, these can go into storage
- Donate to charity
- Repurpose - for example an old t-shirt with holes beyond repair makes a great cleaning rag around the house.
Step 3 – Create Your Capsule Wardrobe
Now you can begin to build your capsule wardrobe of timeless pieces that will become your wardrobe staples, including high quality pieces that will last a long time. To do this, we recommend you start by sorting your clothes into categories including:
Pants, jeans, tops, jackets, coats, dresses, skirts
Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings
Flats, sneakers, boots, heels
Bags, sunglasses, scarves
If you’re feeling a bit stuck and not sure where to start, we have put together a list of wardrobe staples to help you:
- A white t-shirt
- Pair of jeans – A pair of our KEEPER Denim Elwood Skinny jeans is perfect if we don’t say so ourselves!
- Pair of classic black pants
- Black dress
- Pair of white sneakers
- Pair of black pumps
After wearing your new capsule wardrobe for at least 3 months, you can go back to the ‘maybe’ pile of clothes you put into storage. Now that you have had time away from them, see how you feel and decide if you want to add them into your capsule wardrobe or donate them to charity.
Don’t forget to use this KEEPER Denim’s beginners guide on how to create a capsule wardrobe when you next decide to sort through your clothes!