Minimal Capsule Wardrobe Shopping Guide
Happy Wednesday! I hope your Spring cleaning and preparation for the next season is off to a great start. I'm so happy that last week's post on simplifying your closet space resonated with so many people! It takes patience and honesty to go through your belongings and decide what to let go of. Decluttering and applying a minimalistic point of view will not only help you navigate the physical space of your wardrobe, but will allow you to free up your mind to make more intentional decisions throughout the day.
As I have gone through the Purge, Color Code, & Pare Down process of cleaning out my closet for a few seasons, I realize that my wardrobe has become more solid after carefully doing away with excess and focusing on an overall look that I really love. I organized the clothes I get the most use out of into a capsule wardrobe of 40(ish) pieces that are easy to mix and match with each other. Now, I know exactly what I have to work with and can painlessly get ready for any occasion, knowing that I have the wardrobe pieces I need and love.
The first and most important decision to make in creating a minimal capsule wardrobe is choosing a color scheme. As I mentioned last week, I stick to a specific color scheme to make sure I'm not consuming excess items that I wouldn't wear on a regular basis. My colors are black, white, grey, blue/navy, neutrals, olive, and the occasional fire red, but you can choose your own based on what you like and what looks good on you. I'm leaning more toward lighter shades at this time of year, like the nude tee I have on from Zara (see similar), and my New Balance sneakers, and I alternate between grey denim (from Zara too) and grey pants, as a change from my black-on-black or black & white uniform.
Next, make an inventory or shopping list of staple items in those colors so you can see what you have and what you need. I went through my own items and separated my favorites from what needs an update, and came up with 40 pieces that I wear on a regular basis. I still need to add a few pieces and update shoes and accessories, but I have a really solid foundation of quality pieces that fit my color story and aesthetic. In addition to my capsule wardrobe, I have athleisure pieces that I can mix into the rotation for extra cozy days. Comfort and simplicity are my main focus points when shopping for new items or creating outfits at home.
Finally, note your shoes and accessories. Once you have an idea of what your capsule wardrobe will look like, pairing footwear and accessories should be a breeze. My rule of thumb for footwear is to have options in black and a neutral color (nude, grey, taupe, olive, etc), and a fun/colorful option.
Please reference the Minimal Capsule Wardrobe tool when you're doing your closet clean outs and feel free to reach out to me with any wardrobing questions!