I know, I know, we are already well into Winter. But since I participated in Dressember all of last month, I had to break my capsule rules a little bit and hadn't finalized my Winter capsule until January. BUT I wanted to share it with you all because a.) I'm super excited about it and b.) I've learned a few tips on capsuling that I want to pass on!
If you're thinking of creating a capsule wardrobe, be sure to check out my Fall capsule where I laid out a step-by-step guide. (Post one, post two) And if you're still in the de-cluttering phases, I wrote a post about ways to simplify your closet that you don't want to miss!
This time around I decided not to include shoes, because I'm not really a shoe person, so I really only have 3-4 pairs that I wear each season and am not tempted to go overboard. I include tops, bottoms, dresses and outerwear in my capsule this time for a grand total of 23 pieces.
Orange V-Neck (H&M), White basic top (Kohls), Basic Green top (Mine is Stitch Fix, similar), Striped top (H&M), Chambray Button Down (Target), Polka Dot Flannel (JCPenny), Red Flannel (Mine is thrifted, similar), Green Cardigan (H&M), Burgundy Sweater (H&M),Cream Cardigan (mine is old, similar), Tribal Cardigan (F21)
After putting this one together, here are my tips:
- Recycle your pieces! Most of these items I already owned and used in my Fall capsule. I purchased a few new things (Yay for Christmas money!) that I didn't already have.
- Have a color scheme in mind before you buy any pieces. I stuck to neutrals- mostly tan, black, army green, grey and burgundy.
- Plan out exactly what you need so that you don't buy extras or end up missing something (I highly recommend Un-Fancy's wardrobe planner and her whole blog in general if you're thinking about creating a capsule!)
- Have a number in mind before you create it, but be flexible. You may decide to include a few more or a few less pieces than you originally thought- but thats ok!
- For me, choosing basic pieces is the way to go. They're easy to wear and can be remixed with accessories (like this scarf!) to add a little variety.
I'm curious, would you ever, or have you already created a capsule wardrobe? I would love to hear your experiences with it!
Does the thought of starting a capsule wardrobe stress you out? Are you hesitant to get rid of clothes you already own? Let me do the dirty work for you and help you design a capsule wardrobe you'll love!