I know you have seen a ton of people talking about their capsule wardrobes. They post pictures of a closet with a handful of all neutral pieces. I don’t know about you but I love color, patterns, but still being able to mix and match what I wear. It has taken me a while to fine tune my wardrobe and I am still looking for a couple of key pieces but I am holding out for the perfect one. So here are my secrets to having a not so boring capsule wardrobe.
I know I said I didn’t like having a super neutral wardrobe but I love neutral bottoms. They go with everything and anything, it makes picking out an outfit so much easier because all my tops match all my bottoms. I love jeans and black pants/leggings as they work for any outfit I normally wear and work for casual and dressy occasions alike. Also, they are both good for any season. Anything that makes getting dressed faster easier is a win in my book.
I love wearing colorful clothes and but sometimes colorful clothes make things hard to mix and match. So I normally go for neutral tops with a pattern with pops of color. Like one of my current favorite blouses is black with some colorful flowers on it. It’s easy to match all of my bottoms with it. I also like to find shirts that work for all season’s. I can wear it by itself when its warm and just layer it when it’s cold. Living in Ohio so its cold more then it’s warm so I try to make clothes work for all year round as much as possible. It saves me money by not having a bunch of stuff for one season. I also normally don’t buy “trending” clothes when it really only works for one season before it’s out of style.
If you really want to do a capsule wardrobe and still have a lot of colors. Invest in accessories that go with the basic pieces in your wardrobe but still are classic pieces so you can use them for a long time as an investment piece. Like I like to wear a wrist full of colorful bracelets to always add a pop of color to my daily look. I normally have a mix of neutral and colorful bracelets to even out the look. I always try to buy high-quality accessories that are durable enough for constant wear but are still cute and can be dressed up or down.
Quality over Quantity
This is huge for me. I have a decent sized walk-in closet and all I ever thought about for years is that I have space so I might as well use it. It wasn’t until the last year or so that I realized that space doesn’t equal need. That just because I have space doesn’t mean I need to use it, I don’t owe anything to that space. I used to have my closet full of clothes and a dresser full of clothes, but how much of it did I actually like or wear? Honestly, 30% off it was clothes I wore or looked good in. The rest was just clothes I kind of liked or were comfortable enough so I kept them, but so many just hung in my closet or sat in a drawer and never got touched. I have been slowly cutting out that habit and now only fill a small part of my closet, and no longer have a giant dresser, just a few baskets in the top of my closet for the things that can’t be hung up.
Also, buy your more staple pieces from a high-quality brand. Like I always carry a wristlet for my keys and money so I spent $60 and got a high-quality one. I have used it for months and it still looks brand new. Plus I know I wouldn’t have to buy a new one for years. I buy nicer shoes so I am not having to replace them all the time. It is worth spending some extra cash now and not having to replace something all the time. Plus it keeps clothes out of the landfill.