Over the past few days, I’ve been busy creating my autumn 2015 capsule wardrobe. The first step in creating my capsule wardrobe was to have a massive clear out of my wardrobe (read my Wardrobe Purge post). The second step was to think about my lifestyle and what I would be doing for the next 3 months. I think when making any changes to your wardrobe you need to think about your lifestyle and plan a wardrobe which suits it (read my post on Building a Wardrobe to Suit Your Lifestyle). As I’ve never created a capsule wardrobe before I turned to the blog Unfancy for advice on how to create a capsule wardrobe. Caroline has created a super helpful Capsule Wardrobe Planner which I printed out and filled in before I even thought about what clothes to include. This exercise was really useful as it forced me to think about my lifestyle, what kind of style I want to have, my favourite brands and colours. The planner also encourages you to think about your go to pieces and most worn outfits. This was useful as it turns out I tend to wear the same items and outfits over and over.
After completing the wardrobe planner I looked at my Yes pile and Maybe piles to select pieces for my wardrobe. Everything from my seasonal pile has been boxed up and put away until I start planning my next capsule wardrobe. I chose not to buy anything new for my capsule, as I hope to identify to gaps in my wardrobe as I go along and was concerned it would give me an excuse to overbuy (which is one of the reasons for starting a capsule in the first place).
Caroline suggests having 37 items (this includes shoes and coats but does not count workout gear, underwear, PJ’s or accessories) 9 pairs of shoes (3 flats, 3 boots & 3 heels), 3 jeans, 3 skirts, 3 shorts, 15 tops and 4 coats/dresses. As I don’t wear shorts I swapped them for dresses. I didn’t manage to get in down to 37 items (this part is surprisingly difficult), I settled for 40 items which was a dramatic change as my wardrobe had around 100 items in it before (not counting shoes, probably closer to 200 if you include shoes).
So what did I pick for my first Capsule Wardrobe?
9 Pairs of Shoes
I chose; black slip on trainers, black heeled booties, Black heeled ankle boots, Black suede heeled ankle boots, Flat black ankle boots, Tan flat ankle boots, Nude heeled booties, Red lace up flats and black slipper shoes
3 Pairs of Jeans
One black pair, One blue pair and a leather-look pair
Red shift dress, Black oversized dress, Denim dress, Plain black dress
One pair of patterned trousers, a black leather look skirt and black skater skirt
17 Tops (2 blouses, 4 t-shirts, 4 button down shirts, 2 sweats, 5 jumpers)
Maroon blouse, black blouse, long sleeved stripe t-shirt, red t-shirt, black t-shirt, black 3/4 sleeve t-shirt, white button down shirt, stripe button down shirt, check button down shirt, flannel button down shirt, stripe sweat, logo sweat, grey oversized jumper, cream jumper, beige jumper, navy jumper.
Tweed blazer, Leather Jacket, Grey Coat, Camel Coat