How to: Fluid Capsule Wardrobe

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I’ve had a capsule wardrobe for about two years now and it has completely changed my way of dressing in the mornings and shopping for clothes. If your not familiar with the concept, Caroline from Un-Fancy explains it perfectly in her “What is a capsule wardrobe, anyway?” post. “Simple definition? It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.

Since I’ve started I’ve sometimes found it difficult to stick to the seasons for a capsule. As I’m writing this it is May, normally a month when it’s getting warmer in Germany and I start having lunch in just a T-Shirt outside. Currently it’s been raining non-stop and has been really cold.. So that’s been quite difficult.

So I’ve started making my capsule wardrobe more fluent. Rather than focusing on building a capsule with 37 pieces that will see me through a 1-3 month period, I’ve created a core of 20 pieces and 10-15 items that I can easily switch out when it gets warmer or colder. This also has the advantage that I can switch out pieces I haven’t worn as much as I thought or switch in pieces that I’ve been missing.

IMG_0486Step by Step

  1. Take everything (everything!) out of your wardrobe and have a good sort through – toss, keep, donate!

  2. Sort out seasonal clothes (heavy knits e.g.) and put them into a storage bin or at the back of your closet.

  3. Pick out a number of tops, bottoms, shoes, jackets e.g. you would like to have in your closet.

  4. Select core pieces – basics, trousers, all year goods – for me around 20 pieces

  5. Pick about 10 pieces as add-ons – prints, statements, warmer/colder pieces

  6. Put everything back – hangers facing backwards

  7. After about 4 weeks check which hangers you haven’t used (and turned around) and think about “why”

  8. Everytime you feel likes the weather is changing switch up a few pieces

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We often simply wear the pieces we love the most. Why not build a capsule with only these pieces? That way you only got clothes in your wardrobe you really love. And maybe next time you switch up the pieces you will get rid off something from your storage that you haven’t missed at all…

Lots of love, J

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