How to Use Your Capsule Wardrobe Planner

September 4, 2017

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Today’s post is a quick step by step guide to using your Capsule Wardrobe Planner.

Finding Your Why

The first step of the planner looks at your personal style goals and resolutions for the season ahead. Think about why you want to create a capsule wardrobe. Is it because you want to define your personal style or maybe you want to focus on ethical fashion? Maybe you want to save money and end your fast fashion addiction. What ever the reason it’s helpful to write it down and keep it in mind whilst you plan your wardrobe.

Looking At Your Style

Once you have thought about your why now it’s time to look at your current style. Start by going through your wardrobe and pulling out your favourite 3 or 4 outfits. Think about why you love to wear these pieces. Look out for common themes like similar colours, cuts or fabrics. Use the space to write your thoughts down. Now do the same for your least worn outfits asking yourself why you don’t reach for them in the morning.

*Bonus Activity: For the next two weeks write down (or photograph) what you wear every day. At the end of each day think about what you did that day and how you felt in your outfit.

Then take some time to analyze your current style looking at the colours, fabrics and cuts you like to wear. As well as thinking about what you don’t like to wear. You’ll find some style sentences which you can fill in to help with this in the planner.

Once you have a clear picture of your current style you can then plan for your wardrobe. Start by thinking about what your dream style is. Set a timer for 3 minutes and write as many words describing your style as you can. After the 3 minutes pick out and circle the 3 which best describe your style.

Then think about the colours you enjoy wearing and choose your colour scheme for the season ahead. Remember that you can add colour using accessories and makeup so won’t need clothes in every colour.

Now for the fun bit finding inspiration. Grab yourself a cup of tea (or coffee if you prefer) and spend some time looking for inspiration. Think of people whose style you admire (fictional characters, celebrities, bloggers, friends). Create a Pinterest board saving outfits you find online. Or if you prefer to create a traditional inspiration board using magazine cut outs.

Know Your Lifestyle

Before you put together your capsule wardrobe it’s helpful to spend a few minutes thinking about your lifestyle and any events you may have coming up. There is space in the planner for you to fill in a lifestyle chart. This is basically a pie chart which you fill in sections representing the activities you do on an average week. Estimate how much time you spend at work, at home, at the gym or walking the dog. Once filled in this chart gives a clear vision of how you spend your time. The idea is that your wardrobe should reflect this. I find it helpful to write down the type of clothes or outfits you wear for each activity.

There is also a section to note down any special events or travel you have coming up. This might be a wedding or trip to somewhere with a different climate. Write down how you will plan for this. Next, there is a space to write down the average weather where you live for the season ahead. A quick Google should help you with this.

Creating Your Wardrobe

Now is the time to start pulling together your final pieces for your capsule wardrobe. Thinking about your dream style and lifestyle pull out your key pieces for the season ahead. These pieces will form the base of your capsule wardrobe. Write a list of these pieces in the space provided. Then think of around 3 or 4 outfit formulas using these pieces.

You can then identify the gaps in your current wardrobe. Write the missing pieces in the space provided grading them from high priority to low priority. Hold on to this list but don’t shop yet. Wait until you are a few weeks into your capsule then come back to this list. If you still think there are gaps then is the time to shop.

There is also a section for you to write down what you don’t need. Maybe you have loads of white t-shirts or black jeans. Write them down to remind yourself you don’t need to buy any more of. You may also use this space to write down pieces which aren’t your style or colours and fabrics to avoid.

Before You Shop

Before you start shopping it is a good idea to refer back to your why. Do you want to create a more sustainable wardrobe or end your fast fashion addiction? Now is the time to set your priorities before you shop again. The world of ethical fashion can be overwhelming so make things easier on yourself by choosing what area to focus on as you start your journey.

Once you have set your priorities there is an area for you to write down any new brands you discover which match your priority.

Your Capsule Wardrobe

At the end of the planner, there is space for you to write down your final capsule wardrobe.

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2 responses to “How to Use Your Capsule Wardrobe Planner”

  1. Rachel says:

    I have no problem with people taking inspiration from other bloggers and developing it and making it their own. After all in this day and age it’s virtually impossible to create something totally new and unique. However I do think when something is very heavily influenced it’s polite to give credit. Maybe you have in the newsletter but I think a link back to Caroline at un-fancy would have been appropriate here. To be honest I have no idea if that’s the original source for this type of planner but it was the first place I saw it back in 2015ish

    • Jen says:

      Most capsule wardrobe and minimalist fashion bloggers have created some sort of planner to list them all as inspiration would be unrealistic. As you say nothing is truly original anymore but we all have our own ways of doing things which are what these planners are about. Each blogger shares their methods of creating a capsule wardrobe which will obviously have some overlap (there are only so many ways you can do it). This planner is me adding my version into the mix. This can only be a good thing for people wanting to learn more or create their own capsule wardrobe as they can learn from everyone and adapt the different styles to suit them.
      Like you I don’t know the original source of the idea but suspect capsule wardrobe planners have been around as long as capsule wardrobes themselves. I know the term dates back to the 1970s so

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