How to start a capsule wardrobe


IMG_0085.JPGI have always like to wear stylish clothes. Even when I had little money I made sure that I always made the best of myself. I couldn’t always afford many clothes or to have a proper haircut but it was important to me that I looked good.

I have always liked to co-ordinate my clothes, accessories and make up. Whilst I working and had money to spend, I spent a good deal of my salary on clothes and accessories.

When I retired in May 2017 I knew I would not be able to continue to spend the same sort of money on clothes and therefore I had to find a different approach.  I still wanted to look good, even though I wasn’t going to work every day. Although I had gathered loads of clothes over the years, many of them were not suitable for my new life. After a few months of thinking and a bit of research, I found what I was looking for – seasonal capsule wardrobes.  

 I had a really good clear-out and got rid of many clothes I did not wear or need anymore. This was not easy because I had collected them over many years. However, I had two goes at it and now I am happy with what I have.  I have my current seasonal capsule wardrobe clothes, my wear at home stuff and a couple of boxes of unseasonal clothes which I dip into each season, before I but any new ones. I had a fair few handbags and coats plus a quite a bit of dress jewellery which I had collected over the years and thinned out those too. 

Leanne at classyettrendy sells seasonal capsule wardrobe e books for a reasonable fee. She provides links to all the items she suggests. As her business is American, all the links are for USA shops so I don’t use them. Instead I source substitutions from UK stores.  I also have made some myself, found some used items on eBay but also use my existing pieces use my existing pieces. I really enjoy sourcing the clothes, shoes and handbags.  

Each season I purchase the new e book and see what Leanne suggests for the next season. I check my stored items and select any which are right. Over the next few weeks I begin to shop for any new items I want. I decide if I want to make any of the pieces and look for patterns and fabric.

I tend to browse online at Next, Clarks, M&S, Joules, White Stuff and FATFACE initially to see if they have what I am looking for. Obviously price plays a part but sometimes I will splurge out on a new classic piece if I can afford it. For example, I bought a new longline beige cardigan this autumn, and paid a bit more than usual because I know its something that I will wear a lot. 

Once I have most of what I need for the coming season, I pack up all my last season clothes and put them into my storage boxes and get rid of anything which has seen better days. Then I am ready to go! I have everything I need to look stylish and smart for another few months. 

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