5 Steps To Starting Your Capsule Wardrobe

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well and just as happy about the beginning of autumn as me. It’s always been my favourite season personally. I just love the crisp, cool weather, the beautiful colours in the trees, the return of pumpkin lattes at Starbucks, and of course, the fashion. Summer was amazing, but I’m definitely ready for this drop in temperature!

With the change of seasons, and my return from Paris back to the UK, I really felt like this was the perfect opportunity for a big wardrobe re-vamp. I feel like my biggest issue is that I’ve got clothes coming out of my ears, and yet I can never find anything to wear. I know, crazy right?

This persuaded me to finally sort the old wardrobe out and actually begin a process I’ve been meaning to try for a while. If you’re a keen blog reader, you’ll probably have heard of it. I’m referring to the Capsule Wardrobe.

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A Capsule Wardrobe refers to a minimalist, seasonally appropriate wardrobe with only the clothes you actually feel you need and will regularly wear. I got the idea from Vivianna Does Makeup (now The Anna Edit), who chooses 36 versatile pieces of clothing for her wardrobe. Of course, you have to switch it up a little each season and for your own personal needs (for example, I work in a corporate office so need a separate wardrobe for my business-wear). But the idea is that you don’t unnecessarily shop throughout the year and end up buying stuff you’ll never wear!

I’m really keen to continue with this and so far I’ve avoided all shopping since having my refresh! If you think this is something you’d be interested in, read on for my 5 steps for getting started…

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Step 1: Get some inspiration…

The first step to achieving your ideal minimal wardrobe, is to actually think about what you want your style to be. Do you want something sophisticated and classic? Or something quirky with an edge? Take some inspiration from magazines or Pinterest and keep this image in your head when approaching your Capsule Wardrobe.

Step 2: Have a ruthless clear out…

Now it’s time for the hardest step; having a complete clear out. Do a Carrie from the Sex and the City movie and divide things into 3 categories; ‘Keep’, ‘Charity Shop/Give Away’, and ‘Bin’. Anything old, raggedy and full of holes, put in the ‘Bin’ pile. Anything you haven’t worn in the last 6 months and can’t see yourself wearing in the next 6 months (be honest!), give away to charity or to friends. And anything still in good nick, and you know you’ll wear again, either put in storage for next season or keep in your wardrobe. Try to be ruthless and not allow emotions to get in the way. For example, I forced myself to throw away my favourite red jumper which was completely falling apart… It was hard, but it had to be done!

Step 3: Split the leftovers into seasons…

There’s certain things which didn’t make the cull, but I know I won’t wear again till next year – my summer dresses and denim shorts, for example. Store these away somewhere to make room and keep your wardrobe as bare as possible for autumn/winter.

Step 4: See what you have left and work out what’s missing…

Now that you’re left with your chosen items for autumn/winter, it’s time to evaluate. For me, I realised that what I was really missing were a few plain t-shirts. You know, just a throw-on simple tee which will go with anything… Write a list of the things you genuinely think you need to complete your capsule wardrobe; whether that’s the perfect LBD or a comfy knitted jumper.

Step 5: Come up with your ‘perfect number’ and take your time…

Once you’ve worked out your current clothing collection, along with the pieces you think you need, take count and see how many it comes to. I found that about 36 pieces, including accessories (e.g. scarves and hats) but not including shoes was the perfect number for me, but feel free to be flexible. It’s your capsule wardrobe! If you feel surprised by how many things you have on your list though, it might be worth re-visiting your collection and seeing if there’s anything you ended up saving which maybe should have gone in the ‘charity shop’ pile.

Once you do decide to shop though, don’t feel it has to be all at once! I knew I needed plain t-shirts so I decided to order a few from asos straight away (my favourites are the new Forever styles). I also really wanted a black jumpsuit for cocktails/evenings out with friends and ended up finding the perfect one in this beaut from French Connection. However, don’t rush into anything. My rule with a capsule wardrobe is that you shouldn’t have anything in there that you don’t really love… So don’t buy anything unless it gives you that heart flutter!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have you considered trying a Capsule Wardrobe? What would your tips be?

I’ve taken a little blogging break recently as the move back from Paris and into my new flat has been quite stressful! I’ll be back to posting regularly Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from next week though 🙂 

Thanks for reading! Joanna xxx

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Hi, I'm Jo. A marketing girl with a love of bold lips, luxury skincare, delicious food, and travelling to new places. Continuing to blog all my adventures...

21 thoughts on “5 Steps To Starting Your Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Lovely post! I always admire people who are able to maintain a capsule wardrobe. I am not sure I would be able to pull off only having a few pieces to choose from like that. It’s really a wonderful idea to get the most out of the clothing you buy and to control spending as well. It can be so easy to buy something on impulse.That jumpsuit is beautiful!

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  2. Oh I so remember that episode when Carrie did a big wardrobe clean-up! (If only the whole exercise is that glamorous, right?!!!)
    You are totally right, the hard bit is to ‘part’ with our beloved (old) clothes!!! I’m still working on it because I keep thinking that I need a bigger wardrobe…
    Love the post! Thank you!!

    Vivienne X

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  3. Great post! We definitely have very similar thoughts haha! I was definitely inspired by Anna too whilst I am not going for a capsule wardrobe, I have definitely found it much easier cutting it down!

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  4. I’ve just returned to my pre-pregnancy size (yay!) and thought I’d love everything in my closet after not seeing it for 10 months but…nope. Time to start all over – definitely putting your tips into action!

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