Since the spring cleaning series didn’t go as planned, let’s try one about the capsule closet. Mine has been evolving for just over two years, so I thought I’d see how you’re doing. Are you enjoying your closets, or are you struggling? Here are 3 ideas to get you started, from lessons learned along the way:
Step 1: Identify Your Style.
Something I’ve learned throughout the process is how to really identify my style. Jennifer of The Daily Connoisseur suggests defining it in three words. Mine is modern minimalist chic. What does that mean? Most of my items are basic pieces with clean lines in easy-care fabrics, and my jewelry is very simple. Before I knew this, I bought a lot of clothing I liked, but wasn’t able to put together in a cohesive way. Now I’ve got a real collection.
Step 2: Choose a Color Scheme.
To help minimize the number of items I need, I choose to use a base neutral for most, if not all, of my foundation pieces (i.e. bags, shoes, belts, bottoms). For me, black was the easiest to find and stick to. With it, I pair a lot of white, and grey, with a pops of blues, greens, pinks, and purples. I don’t know that a single color scheme is a necessity, but it’s really helped me.
Step 3: Think about Your Needs.
Before you pick your ten items, it helps to figure out what you’ll need. I’ve found that identifying what you need your clothes to do, rather than what kinds of things you’d like to wear, is the most effective way to go about it. I need business casual wear for my role in a creative office, so contemporary professional pieces work best.
What about you, readers? What have you learned about building a capsule closet?