Ever since I got back home one of my main focuses has been to re-build my closet. Last year when Nick and I decided to drop everything and travel we sold almost all of our belongings – including my clothes. We got rid of everything unnecessary and packed our lives away into a backpack each. I lived like this for 6 months and it taught me the importance of having versatile clothes. Now, when I say “re-build my closet” I don’t mean getting a bunch of new clothes to have a big wardrobe again. I mean building a closet I actually love out of things I love to wear. I mean building a capsule wardrobe.
Back in my “old” life, I had a ton of clothes and shoes, yet found myself reaching for the same 5-10 items everyday. Anyone else do this? That’s because most of my wardrobe consisted of cheap Forever 21 clothes (or of the like) that were ill fitting or too trendy to be a forever item. When I narrowed down my closet to a backpack I only kept items that were of good quality and versatile. When you limit the amount of clothes you can own you end up really identifying what you love.
The keepers all had 3 things in common:
- Timeless design
I asked myself the following questions when filtering through clothes:
- Is this item made of high-quality materials/construction?
- Does this item fit me well?
- Do I feel good/confident when wearing this item?
- Can I wear this item in at least 4 different outfits?
I did this for each item I owned. If the answers were yes across the board then it was a keeper. The amazing thing is that when I did this I realized that I only really loved about 5% of the clothes/shoes I owned! All the other clothes were either made poorly, didn’t fit well, were limiting for outfits, or were simply not even my style! It was amazing how much I found out about myself when I did this. Going through this experience also taught me what to look for when shopping for clothes. Instead of impulse buying or giving into every trend like I used to, I now stop myself and ask these 4 questions. I only consider buying an item if it gets “yes” across the board. So this is what I have been doing lately, and with this technique I am building a capsule wardrobe made up of items I really LOVE and LOVE to wear. No more spending my money on crap I don’t even like! I’ve also stopped looking for cheap items and started “investing” in quality clothing. This way I can make sure the items I do buy and love stay with me for a long time. I’ll touch more on that subject in another post 🙂 I’ll also explain how you can still have trendy items in your wardrobe!
What closet-building techniques, if any, do you use when shopping? Do you think building a capsule wardrobe is a good idea? Let me know in the comments below!
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Top: Sincerely Jules (her tees are of amazing quality! Shop here) Jeans: AgoldE (Premium denim. Lasts forever! Shop here) Shoes: Zara (one of the only trendy items I kept!) Belt: Black Magic (real leather, timeless style. Shop similar here)