Let a Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Set You Free
I don’t know about you – but I am all about minimizing the stress in my life. One way to do that is by creating a minimalist capsule wardrobe. It simplifies my life by dramatically cutting down on the amount of time I used to spend planning, shopping for and utilizing everything in my closet.
Now, I have more free time to spend on activities I enjoy and still look great when I’m out and about. I’m saving tons of money and enjoying my “decluttered” life so much that I thought I would share what I’ve discovered with others.
This is what my closet looked like before my journey into minimalist capsule wardrobe:
What a mess! I couldn’t find anything and I never had anything to wear. My new, minimalist life has set me free to enjoy activities and get-togethers with friends and family.
This is what my closet looks like now:
What a difference! And, I always know what to wear for any occasion. Pre-planning and purchasing makes a huge difference in my stress level and has boosted my budget planning so I now have money to treat myself to a trip or a day at the spa.
It’s easy to begin planning your minimalist capsule wardrobe. The concept is easy – you’ll have a set of clothing that are easily mixed and matched to create outfits for all occasions.
The outfits are created for the season and one capsule wardrobe usually lasts for three months. At the end of a season, you’ll reassess your wardrobe and update it as the seasons change.
There will be a set number of clothing for each season, cutting down on shopping and dollars spent. Worn or non-fitting pieces of clothing should be replaced as soon as possible.
So, first pull out everything from your closet to the bare walls. Now, create your base color, choosing from navy blue or black. You’ll see how to change your base color later on, but for now choose one of those two colors for the base of your minimalist capsule wardrobe.
An example of some items for your base might include a navy blue denim or pencil skirt, black boyfriend jeans or skinny jeans and black ankle pants that are a bit dressier than jeans.
Now it’s time to select some neutral colored, essentials to complement your base color of navy or black. Examples of neutral essentials include gray, white and beige. A lighter color of blue (such as chambray) is also a good accompaniment.
The essentials may come in the form of sweaters, t-shirts and button-down collar shirts. These are classics that are always in style and appropriate. You can mix up your choices for more variety – such as gray, skinny jeans with a navy blue sweater.
As we move along on this minimalist capsule wardrobe journey, you’ll learn how to bring in patterns and styles to make your wardrobe even more stylish and fun. Next, we’ll talk about choosing a minimalist capsule wardrobe for all seasons.