5 Tips for Creating a Capsule Wardrobe and 13 inspiring Capsule (Minimalist) Wardrobe Videos on YouTube
If you’ve clicked on this blog post chances are you’ve got too many clothes and you want to do something about it.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
So just what is a capsule wardrobe? Well, according to Wikipedia here’s the definition:
Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be updated with seasonal pieces.
Basically, it’s a few essential pieces of classic clothing that can be updated seasonally. And, might I add, personalized by you so you absolutely love everything you own and can’t wait to wear it.
And it only takes a small amount of clothing to create a fabulous capsule/minimalist wardrobe.
Most people have a seasonal ‘capsule’ wardrobe, where they store items under the bed (or in the back of a closet) and replace items as the seasons change. Other’s apply the capsule concept more minimally – having only a set amount of items they wear all year long.
Creating a capsule wardrobe
I’ve been streamlining my wardrobe for a while now and when I first started I spent a lot of time searching online for inspiration.
What I have now is a wardrobe I love, with a limited number of pieces that I can mix and match. Seasonal items stay in a storage tote and are rotated in when the weather changes.
I created my own capsule wardrobe a few years ago, based on Project 333. In addition to inspiring blogs, there are a whole lot of Youtuber’s who are on the minimalist/capsule wardrobe bandwagon. If you’re thinking about starting a capsule wardrobe, or you’re about to change out some items as the season changes I recommend you watch these:
via Kitty Cotten
I found Kitty Cotten and have been binge watching all her videos ever since. In addition to having a super cute wardrobe, she’s also renovating her home and I want everything! especially the kitchen tap!
Via Sarah Nourse
Sarah Nourse is an American living in Germany, with her Swiss husband. I find her minimal wardrobe really inspiring, she wears a lot of black, grey and neutral tones and has amazing mermaid hair.
via Light by Coco
Light by Coco was one of the first ‘minimalist’ vloggers I started watching. After viewing her apartment tour I went around my house trying to minimise our junk drawers into one little container like she has. I love how she regularly reposts videos showing how she styles the outfits in her capsule.
via Tinted Green
via Use Less
via The Green Closet
I love, love, love Caroline’s blog, she isn’t a Youtuber per say, but this packing video is a good demonstration of how a smaller wardrobe can be taken anywhere!
via Full Flourish
via Simply Newtral
via Maximizing Minimalism
via Sugar Mumma
via Melissa Alexandria
Are you feeling inspired? I know I am. I’m currently in the process of updating my own wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few new items that I need to integrate with the rest and there are some items I had the best intentions to wearing – but they never look as good on as they had in the store’s changing room.
Top tips for creating a Minimalist/Capsule Wardrobe
1. Make a list of what you (think) need to complete the capsule
Think about things you do and places you go most often. Do you work in an office, are you home most of the day. Do you exercise regularly or have a hobby that requires specific gear?
What clothing items are a ‘must-have’ in your wardrobe? Yoga pants? T-shirts? Jean? Skirts? Dresses? Take note.
2. Add to list details of what you currently have
Chances are you already have most, if not all, of what you’ll actually need for your capsule wardrobe. What pieces of clothing can easily be dressed up? What do you own that makes you feel beautiful/sexy/great? What is in the laundry because you’re wearing it over and over again?
3. Think about the colour palette
When choosing your capsule wardrobe, you also want to pay attention to colours. I personally have a lot of neutral colors and using colorful necklaces and scarves to spice things up.
4. Go through your current clothes
Set aside any items that match your list of ‘essentials’ in your current closet. If you don’t love what you’re grabbing, let those items have a nice life with a new owner. The benefit of a capsule wardrobe is that you’re choices are limited to clothes that you love AND that look great on you.
Afterwards you need to decide what to do with the rest. If there are still a few items you love, by all means keep them (there’s always next seasons capsule). You can either store what’s left or if you’re feeling up to it – give it away.
5. Finishing touches
If there’s something on your list that you don’t currently have, you have two choices. Try to do without and see how that goes or If it’s essential, take a a trip to your favorite thrift store to try to find it before you buy something new. My current wardrobe has more thrifted items than those bought new.
Never leave home without your list! You don’t want to come home with stuff you’re not going to wear. Just get what’s on the list and get out. If you know you can’t pass up the sale rack – try shopping online.