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9 Steps to Building a Stress-Free Capsule Wardrobe

It is not uncommon to hear about people using “retail therapy” to help get through tough times. The truth is, this usually leads to more stress, unwanted items, and people telling themselves: “Well…I thought it was a good idea at the time.”

There is no better time to focus on de-stressing, especially when the real luxury in life is time. Building a solid capsule wardrobe will take away the agonizing thoughts of how to make your essentials work.  What is a capsule wardrobe?  It’s actually quite simple—it is a collection of a few essential articles of clothing that are interchangeable and work together flawlessly.

Here are some key tips to how to begin:

  1. Assess what is currently in your closet and drawers. Ask yourself: “Do they work cohesively?”
  2. Reflect on your favorite pieces. Do you have a uniform? For example, are you a jeans and sweater kind-of girl or do you prefer blouses and trousers?  Being stylish is understanding what looks good on you, keeping it simple, and not over-thinking it.
  3. Be sure to keep your wardrobe organized. Is it Marie Kondo worthy? This is for your benefit and peace of mind.
  4. Understand your silhouette and frame. Don’t invest in anything that doesn’t suit you just because of a trend or the way it looked on the runway. Always think of yourself first!
  5. Build around classic pieces and staples. Perhaps those expensive trousers caused a bit of a dent in your wallet? Keep in mind that investing in these staples are where the longevity lies. For example, a great LBD can always take you from day to night.
  6. Be mindful of bargains. If you are thinking “wow what a discount,” question it. Think: will you wear it?  Even if a “bargain” seems like a once-in-a-lifetime deal, it is not worth your hard earned money if you never wear it.
  7. Think about the improvements you can make to certain items in your current closet. Does that summer dress need a minor tweak? Would hemming it up an inch and shortening the sleeves freshen it up?  Always consult a professional seamstress/tailor and don’t forget to ask about the cost.  This is something to keep in mind—especially for the pieces that you have invested more money in.
  8. Shopping for transitional pieces from season to season is always a smart way to build your capsule collection. That light-weight sweater that you can wear on a summer evening, but can layer with a beautiful cotton shirt in the cooler months is essential.
  9. If it doesn’t fit—let it go. Don’t spend money on a piece that you need to lose weight for or purchase a larger size because your size wasn’t available. If you have not worn the garment in two seasons donate it to a charity.

Your capsule wardrobe is not about breaking the budget or owning a specific number of garments. It is about understanding what your go-to pieces are and building around them.  Your clothes should make you feel your finest and should represent your personal brand in the best way possible. Next time you go shopping, it is important to make thoughtful decisions instead of being swayed by someone who doesn’t understand you and your style goals.

Here are my favorites:

  • Denim (dark and light wash)
  • Trouser Suit (you can wear them as separates)
  • Cotton Blouse

  • Pencil Skirt
  • Statement Piece (this is a feel-good choice such as a skirt, blouse, coat)

  • Moto Jacket
  • Cashmere/wool sweater (keep in mind the weight)

  • Trench Coat or Car Coat
  • Wool Coat

  • LBD (so many options for this that are seasonal)

Accessories:

  • Polished Tote
  • Sneakers

  • Ankle Boot
  • Strappy Sandal
  • Earrings
  • Watch

fotini xoxo

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Written by: Fotini Learn
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