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How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Experience Life Magazine

The fashion trend of the moment is not about buying more — it’s about buying less. And it’s actually not such a new trend after all. The term “capsule wardrobe” was first coined by London boutique owner Susan Faux in the 1970s and later popularized by Donna Karan. It describes a small collection of a few essential clothing items that never go out of style. Add in a few seasonal pieces, and you’re good to go.

In recent years, the simple-living movement has adopted this concept, as illustrated by “tiny wardrobe” experiments, such as Project 333 — a challenge to thrive with a wardrobe consisting of fewer than 33 items for three months — promoted by simple-living author Courtney Carver.

Capsule wardrobes are embraced by those who want to tilt toward a more sustainable, minimalist, and essentialist way of living. Importantly, they provide a way to save money on fashion while still supporting “slow fashion” that is ethically produced. Although you may spend more money on a sustainable item than on a fast-fashion one, it will last you longer and you will buy fewer pieces.

Indeed, capsule wardrobes are the answer to lives that are bursting at the seams. The big idea? If your wardrobe has white space in it, your life will too. Here are five tips for getting started:

Identify Your Personal Style
Before you begin purging your closet or buying new pieces, spend some time thinking about your own personal style. Don’t know for sure what your personal style is?

Try describing what you gravitate toward: “Take stock of your closet and put items you always wear into a pile,” suggests Catherine Giese, blogger at Life of Dada. “What is this style? Come up with three words to describe it.” (Don’t worry if your style sounds contradictory. Preppy Bohemian Minimalist might be just your thing.)

If you don’t love what you have in your closet, try verbalizing how you would want to express who you are through your wardrobe, suggests style blogger and author Anuschka Rees in her book, The Curated Closet.

Then, think about what really works for your body. What makes you feel confident when you wear it? What fits you well?
Eliminate Strategically
Compare what’s in your closet with your description of your personal style, says Giese. Maybe you tend to buy things you think you might wear but never do.

“You will probably find that what you like and what you wear are different. It’s necessary to recognize that there is a difference, so you can avoid keeping things you hate or buying things you won’t wear.”

Another way to curate your closet is to think in terms of seasons, suggests Tsh Oxenreider, host of The Simple Show podcast and author of At Home in the World.

“What works for me in the fall?” is a great guiding question, she advises.

Then, use the hanger trick: At the start of the season, turn all your hangers backward. Any time you wear an item, hang it right-side out again. Come season’s end, find a new home for what you haven’t turned around. You can donate gently used clothes — or consider hosting a clothing swap by gathering a few friends and asking everyone to bring a set number of gently used pieces they’d like to pass on to someone else. Don’t ignore clothes that need a little tailoring or mending. Sometimes the best pieces can get a new life with some quick stitching.

Read the full and original article at Experience Life Magazine

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