Life has gotten complicated. Everywhere we turn, we are faced with more choices than ever before – from multitudes of toothpaste options at the grocery store, to constant stimulation from advertisements.
With so many competing impulses and pressure in the modern world, it’s unsurprising that people are turning towards minimalism. Minimalism focuses on acquiring only a few possessions, freeing up areas of your life that are full of physical (and emotional) clutter.
And, when it comes to wardrobes, many of us are guilty of having closets that are stuffed full. Pieces we haven’t worn at all, pieces we haven’t worn in years, and shoes that looked great, but simply don’t fit.
A minimalist capsule wardrobe – a wardrobe that focuses only on a few high-quality, timeless pieces that all work together – frees up your closet and your mind. Putting the effort into crafting your capsule wardrobe means that you will have plenty of outfits to select from, while simultaneously eliminating clutter and saving money.
How do you go about achieving the minimalist capsule wardrobe of your dreams? Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the basics of creating your own capsule wardrobe in a minimalist fashion.
Step 1) Understanding where your style interacts with your day-to-day life
One common mistake people make when creating their minimalist capsule wardrobes is buying pieces for an idealized version of them, and not choosing pieces that fit into their everyday life.
You can work with a personal stylist to discover where your everyday life and style intersect. Or, you can begin by figuring out what’s most important to you when it comes to fashion.
Do you like to be comfortable? Do you always have to stand out? What kind of clothes make you feel good? What kind of clothes make you feel bad?
Answering these questions will help you choose your anchor pieces.
Step 2) Discover your anchor pieces
Anchor pieces form the foundation of capsule wardrobes. They are the simple pieces that accessorize to build different outfits. Depending on what kind of clothes you like to wear, anchor pieces can be knee-length dresses, button-down shirts, jeans, skirts, silk blouses, capris, and more.
There are two things to keep in mind when choosing your anchor pieces – they must be of good enough quality to last for several years, and you will find more success if they are neutral colors. Black, navy blue, brown, and other muted tones ensure that your anchor pieces will work with every season’s changing fashion.
Step 3) Accessorize according to a theme
While you don’t have to buy accessories in one color, sticking to a color palette will help maximize the usefulness of your capsule wardrobe. In fact, your goal is to have every part of your capsule wardrobe work with almost every other part – ensuring that you never feel like you’re without an outfit.
The same care that goes into choosing your anchor pieces should be present when choosing accessories. Opt for high-quality, timeless pieces from good brands to get the most out of them. Handbags, necklaces, earrings, scarves, and bracelets are a good starting point for discovering your own timeless style.
Maintaining a minimalist capsule wardrobe in an era of consumption is difficult, especially if you can’t resist snagging the latest fashion trends. Still, it’s important to revisit your capsule wardrobe every month or quarter, prune pieces that don’t fit the theme, and stay committed to your minimalist fashion.