Simplifying your wardrobe is one of the best investments you can make to maximize your time.
And with minimalism all the rage these days – many people are forgoing the fast fashion shopping sprees and opting to streamline their closets.
From Courtney Carver who started Project 333 (only wearing 33 items for 3 months then switching each season), to people like Steve Jobs who wore the same thing to work every day
so he didn’t have to waste his decision-making skills on what to wear, the trend is definitely moving towards owning less.
Now we’re not saying to go this far – but you’d be surprised at how much simplifying your wardrobe and building a capsule wardrobe will actually make your mornings so much easier.
Not sure where to start?
We’ve got you covered.
Do A Full Closet Inventory
As you begin to streamline your wardrobe – take a look at your closet and look for any patterns of clothes you seem to have – this is your unique style.
Are you drawn to a certain type of fabric or color? Do you tend to wear the same types of clothes (say button-downs or comfy sweaters)? Or is your style all over the place?
To help clear space, start by donating (or selling) clothes you don’t wear or like. Yes, that includes the jeans you are keeping “just in case” you lose another 15lbs.
Get rid of clothes with permanent stains, rips, tears – or clothes that just don’t fit you right.
This especially goes for clothes you haven’t worn in over a year!
Once you’ve cleared away the old, you can start to get a better grasp on what you actually like because you’ll be able to accurately assess your true style.
Start To Build Your New Wardrobe
The key to building a capsule wardrobe is to buy pieces you can wear with everything. A navy blazer can be worn to work or with a cute pair of leggings.
A fitted tan t-shirt can be worn underneath a blazer, by itself, and paired with leggings, jeans, or even a skirt.
Look for clothes you can mix and match – which typically means finding clothes that all look good together.
Some gals are basic and like the more earthy tones like beige and light pink. Others opt for more blues and greens.
My wardrobe is pretty simple and consists of mainly black, gray, beige, and patterns that work well together.
You’d be surprised to learn how many outfits come from just a few pieces!
We are NOT saying go out and charge up your credit card with new clothes!
You can still be thrifty and check out second-hand stores or wait for sales. And there’s no need to buy everything at once – do it in seasons.
Have a rule that each time something new comes into your closet – you need to get rid of something old.
If you’re not sure what you’re actually wearing, one tip is to turn your hangers all backwards, and as you wear an item turn it the right way. Then evaluate every 6 months – if there are clothes with the hangers still backwards – ask yourself why you are keeping that particular item.
There are all types of capsule wardrobes online you can look to for inspiration and to get ideas on styles you might like.
Have fun while you build your new wardrobe! And know this investment will help save you time and stress on having to figure out what to wear each day – as your items will all go together and blend well.
As a result, in wearing clothes you feel confident in that actually fit, your confidence is sure to be boosted too!
Do you struggle in the morning with figuring out what to wear each day?
Would you ever consider building a capsule wardrobe?
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