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Capsule wardrobe...Two words that fashion magazines brand about every so often but what exactly is it.

The definition of a capsule wardrobe is "a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces"
Think of it as your basics, with a couple of standout statement pieces thrown in.

So whats the point of a capsule wardrobe? Well, there are lots of reasons people choose to have a capsule wardrobe such as living in a small space, having a small capsule wardrobe of key pieces is a great idea if you don't have a lot of storage place for clothes.  Some people like to keep a capsule wardrobe for sustainability reasons, so that they are not taking part in the fast fashion movement but most people have a capsule wardrobe to help them live a little more simply.

This year we really want to highlight different things that can help you live your life with a little more simplicity and having a capsule wardrobe definitely does that.
Here are our top tips for creating one...

1.  Don't Follow The Rules 
A quick google search of how to create a capsule wardrobe brings you face to face with a lot of rules.  You can only have so many items in it, you can only have so many colours, of pieces etc etc.  We say throw out the rules and make the basic guidelines of a capsule wardrobe work for you.  If you feel like you need 50 pieces in it rather than 30 go for it.  Don't be bound by other peoples version of it, create your own that will work for you and that you'll be able to stick to.

2.  Clear Out Day
This to us is one of the most important parts of a capsule wardrobe.  Slim lining your closet.  Make a list of what you 'need' and we really mean need, and take those things out and put them to one side.  You 'need' to make sure you keep clothes for work, gym, etc.  Then you can work on the rest.  You've got to be pretty brutal, if you've not worn it in a while, you don't like it anymore or it doesn't fit you, you've got to get rid of it.  Anything you want to keep because it has sentimental value or a special memory attached to it, save it, you'll regret it if you don't but it doesn't need to be in your wardrobe, take it out and put it in a box somewhere.  Take whatever your throwing away and give it to your local charity shop.

3.  The Basics
After your clear out, take from your current wardrobe the basics for your new one.  We are talking things like a tshirt, a sweater, a pair of jeans, a flat pair of shoes, a heeled pair of shoes, your favourite earrings, a scarf and a jacket.  This will be the backbone of your new wardrobe and you can work around it.  The key to your capsule wardrobe is having a set amount of pieces that you wear on rotation because they go with everything, so it makes sense to start with the things in your current wardrobe that you already do that with.  We all have 10 pairs of jeans but only wear one, right? Same with t-shirts, that one that you end up always throwing on and have it in 3 different colours because you just love the fit. Take an old suitcase (or a flat pack vacuum bag if your struggling for space) and place everything that you still want to keep but don't want it to be in your capsule wardrobe (like the 9 pairs of jeans you don't wear and the 15 t-shirts)  and put them in the suitcase to store.  It means that you can dip in and out of it when you need things but it won't be cluttering up your new wardrobe space.

4.  The Missing Pieces
Do you have a gap in your capsule collection.  Do you think you need a versatile dress that you could wear day or night and will go with both your flat shoes and your heels? Do you need a patterned or coloured sweater or t-shirt to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe or do you need a classic black pair of jeans?  Think about what your wardrobe might need to make it more versatile and ask yourself if you can invest in it.  If you feel like you can, make sure you have the clear intention in your head when you go to buy it, of what your looking for and all the other pieces in your collection that it has to go with.

5. Live Your Best Life 
Now that you have a slim line capsule wardrobe, go have fun wearing it.  You will only have a handful of options now when your putting your outfits together so try and find fun new ways to keep creating different looks.  Throw on your fancy earrings with your usual jeans and tee combo and do something different to your hair or dress down your smart pair of trousers with your trainers and a denim jacket.  Having a smaller wardrobe will help you experiment more with your style and make you remember to have fun with your clothes.

Capsule wardrobes not only help you live more mindfully but they also help you shop with intention, cutting back on overspending on things you don't actually need and helping you be less wasteful with your buying.  Also taking away decision making and giving you the confidence to know when you open your wardrobe that everything that's in there, you wear, it fits you and you love it gives you such a calmer experience when dressing for the day.  We hope these tips help you create the capsule wardrobe of your dreams.