With so much going on in your busy day-to-day life, your fashion and clothing should be stress-free and keep you feeling stylish. Combining both comfort and sophistication, your wardrobe can be transformed in just a few easy steps. So, where do you begin?
Out with the Old
Before you can update your wardrobe into clothing bliss, it’s time to haul out all your belongings and have a sort-out. Purging things that waste space is vital before you can turn things around. Going through your clothes, you need to figure out which items you wear daily, monthly, or even not at all. Anything that never sees the light should be donated, and you really need to be tough with yourself. It may be difficult to part with something you once loved, but no longer fits, but keep in mind that things that fit poorly will lower your self-confidence and aren’t doing you any favors. You can treasure the good times you and that dress may have had, but it is time to move onto better things, so into the donate pile it needs to go.
Once you’ve ransacked your wardrobes for the treasure items you want to keep, and donated or recycled the unwanted things, it’s time to put things into place. There are of course different kinds of clothing storage options, including drawers, hanging rails, open shelving, and baskets. If you already have a good storage situation going, then you can stick with the same, but if not, now is the time to spruce things up. If you have large spacious drawers, you can try adding some dividing baskets to help group similar items like socks or underwear together. When storing clothing in drawers, you should try the popular folding method, so that you can see everything clearly in your draw. Your clothing rail can be organized in your preferred way, whether you choose to color coordinate, or hang dresses casual-party, or if you group items by sleeve-length. Whatever works for you, go for it, as long as you have some kind of organization going on.
Filling the Gaps
The key to a capsule wardrobe is that items are versatile and can be mix and matched with each other to create multiple outfits from the same few essential pieces. If you are going for easiness, this is the best way to fill your wardrobe, for endless mix-and-match pieces that require little to no effort when picking an outfit. Of course, you are going to have those special pieces that are less versatile, which is fine if they are things you love wearing. What you need to figure out, however, is if there is anything missing that would help create more outfit opportunities. Whether it be a second pair of jeans or a plain white t-shirt, these key pieces are worth finding.
While having fun, printed t-shirts in your wardrobe is not a problem, you shouldn’t forget about a plain black, white or neutral t-shirt. If you are going to spend the extra money, invest it into good quality basic items that will look good after hundreds of washes. Neutral colors will make pairing them and layering them so much simpler, and you can easily pair a plain item with something more patterned from your wardrobe.
Basic items come in variations, so you should try a few styles on to figure out what suits your body shape best. For example, you should definitely own a pair of jeans, but the fit is up to you. Slim leg or straight leg is flattering for most and can be easily worked into outfits. But if you were to try on a pair of straight leg jeans in every shop, no two pairs will be the same. So be picky, find a pair that fit you perfectly and make your bum look just the way you want it to. As for tops, you can be fussy about which neckline suits you best, how tightly you want it to fit, and what the fabric is made from. These are all important points to consider with basic items because you want to be able to wear them again and again and look good effortlessly.
In with the New
Hopefully, by now, you will have filtered out the items that don’t fit you or haven’t been worn in a year. Once you’ve cleared everything out and re-organized your wardrobe, it is time for the fun part. If you’ve figured out what is missing, you can go ahead and start shopping. Now, if you want to keep your wardrobe organized and functional, shopping should not be a frequent activity. Having a capsule wardrobe means that you have multi-functional, versatile pieces that can be worn effortlessly in any combination. When buying new items, consider what purpose they will serve in your wardrobe, as well as the quality and versatility of the item. Try to only buy things that can be worn with a variety of other things in your wardrobe.
The key to dressing your clothes up for occasions and down for every-day casual wear comes from the jewelry, shoes, and accessories that you pair with your clothing. Pair a plain dress with ballet pumps and a cardigan to create a day-time look, add a blazer and leather shoes for an office look, and a pair of heels and statement jewelry to take you right through to the evening. Shoes are a good item to invest in, as they should provide comfort and support to your feet every day, as well as add style and personality to your outfit. Sites such as SSENSE sell more luxurious fashion items, with products such as Gucci sneakers and other branded goods. While this may be a splurge to some, a good quality pair of shoes and a handbag will last you a very long time if you take care of them, and they are items which you will use every day. Accessories are a great way to spice up your outfits, so you should be playful with the pieces you choose to add to your wardrobe.
With all these tips, your wardrobe should be a much happier place now. Getting ready each day should come with a little more ease, so you can battle each task looking your best.