When a new season arrives, we often want to simplify our lives and get things in order, which may include sorting through an overflowing closet.
Perhaps after transitioning from winter to spring and summer clothes, you've realized you have more than you need; you made too many impulse purchases that you've forgotten about; or it's simply time to sort through some pieces that have been hanging in your wardrobe, unworn, for far too long. If getting dressed feels more chaotic than you would like it to, it may be time for a wardrobe reset. Build your capsule collection to take a more mindful approach to dressing with Multiversity's guide.
Getting Rid Of Your Old Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe should be pared back and uncluttered, so you'll probably need to start by clearing out some space and cutting back on items you never wear. Begin by entering your closet and separating anything you haven't worn in at least six months. If you only wear it on special occasions, keep it somewhere else. Otherwise, donate or sell it.
After you've made some room, you should be left with a core selection of clothing you wear frequently and want to keep. This will serve as the foundation for your capsule wardrobe.
Consider The Climate
Where you live is also important if you want to build a capsule wardrobe that will last you all year. For example, if you live in a hot climate all year, you can get away with only one or two long-sleeved shirts for those rare chilly days. If you live in a climate with all four seasons, you'll need to plan accordingly if you're not the type to change your wardrobe seasonally.
A leather jacket might suit you if you like the 70s rock look. Cardigans are a better choice if you prefer a more preppy look. Most capsule wardrobes have the same basic concept: you need a light and heavier jacket. When deciding which pieces are most important to you, it's important to think about some of your style inspiration.
Regarding capsule wardrobes, neutrals are key because they are the most versatile. Colors like black, white, beige, navy, and grey go with almost everything and are great for layering. For example, you can wear a blazer over a white t-shirt and chinos to create a semi-casual look appropriate for the office but then remove the blazer to create a more casual look appropriate for running errands after work. If you want to include bolder colors in your palette, you can, but remember that they may be more difficult to pair with other items in your closet.
Step 4: Select Your Key Parts
After you've gone through your closet, chosen a color palette, and determined which outfits you'll need, you can begin planning the key pieces for your seasonal capsule wardrobe. It will differ for everyone, but as a starting point, choose:
- Two pairs of jeans in different washes, one in a more formal dark color.
- Two pairs of trousers in neutral colors.
- Four T-shirts, at least one of which should be white.
- Two lightweight knit jumpers can be worn alone or under a blazer/overshirt.
- There is only one blazer.
- One casual jacket could be an overshirt, bomber, field jacket, or Harrington.
- Four shirts: 2 bright, or six smart, if you wear a shirt to work Monday through Friday, and two casual.
- Trainers are a type of footwear.
- Brown shoes are more versatile than black shoes.
- Smart suit in textured fabric that can be worn as separates.
- The brown belt.
Other items such as watches, jewelry, hoodies, cardigans, gilets, polo shirts, trench coats, boots, winter coats, chunky knits, shorts, and linen depend on your style, and boots, winter coats, chunky knits, shorts, and linen depend on the season. Check out the Multiversity store for your T-shirts & statement pieces to add to your capsule and enjoy the simplicity.