I always had a problem which was having a congested wardrobe filled with things I don’t even wear. Even when packing for school, I used to just pack almost everything into my travelling bags thinking I’d wear most if not all of the clothing pieces in them. That’s one of the biggest lies I always told myself. Eventually I got tired and tried to find a solution to this which led to a lot of research on capsule wardrobes which have helped me. I have decided to share with you my tips on building your capsule wardrobe but first, What is a CAPSULE WARDROBE? It is a wardrobe containing some essential clothing items which hardly go out of style and can be augumented with seasonal pieces. It could also mean a wardrobe containing clothing pieces that you’d mix and match to wear over a period of time.
• WORK BASED ON FUNCTIONALITY :
Putting personal style aside, fashion is based in practicality i.e it is based on how many times you change your outfit in a day, your kind of job, Dress code of wherever you spend your weekdays, where you go to blow off steam, etc. To build your wardrobe, you have to consider these factor and also work with clothing pieces that can be worn multiple times to these places in different ways. Invest in pieces that have multiple functionality.
• START BY BUILDING YOUR BASIC :
For guys, we build our style around basics. For example; a guy could wear a basic T-shirt and layer with different “non-basic” pieces. The buttoms could also be a “non-basic” piece. Starting with basics will give a clearer picture of what you actually want to have in your wardrobe. Same applies to ladies. Start with the most basic pieces you own and work around them.
• TAKE YOUR TIME :
Don’t rush! Transitioning takes time so does selecting essentials. After you think you’re done, take a look, go over the pieces you’ve selected. There will definitely be at least two pieces you won’t need but you’d find it hard to let go of. Letting go is hard. It may not be done that day but make sure you get rid of it.
• DETOX AND DECLUTTER :
Jusy like fitness coaches would say, getting rid of what you have but don’t need (in this case, don’t wear) is “de rigueur” a.k.a a necessary evil. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in months. Create space for the new and essential things coming in. Let your wardrobe breathe.
Do you have a capsule? What did you consider when building yours and what is/was most challenging in the process. Let me know in the comment section.
Thank you for reading!
Photograph by Tomiwa (@blackboytom)
SHIRT – Pringle (Thrift)
Sweatpants – Fila (Thrift)
Shoes – Tommy Takkies
Clear glasses – Cartier
Other Accessories – Ali Express