There are two main reasons for creating a capsule wardrobe: money is tight, or you want to get some savings together.
Regardless of your reasons, your wardrobe is a good place to start. The average person spends an awful lot on clothes throughout the year, often updating their wardrobe each season or according to current trends. But this money could often be better spent elsewhere.
How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe
Here are a few ways to reduce your outgoings while still looking on trend at all times.
Upcycling is one of the latest trends. It’s a DIY process where you transform items that you already own. There are endless fun projects online. Turn jeans into shorts for the hot summer months, pillowcases into cute beach tote bags, or perhaps just jazz up a jacket with pins and patches.
Whatever you decide to do, upcycling puts your personal touch to your clothing. Nobody else will be seen in the same outfit, making it easy for you to create your signature style.
Sometimes you do need to fork out for new items of clothing to fill what you need in your capsule wardrobe. Perhaps you have a special event coming up. When it comes to splashing your cash in retail stores, you need to get a little shopping savvy. Shop around for whatever it is you may need before committing to buying anything. If you are looking at a specific item of clothing, compare branded labels with non-branded products. Often, you won’t even be able to tell the difference, but the latter will have a much lower price tag.
Remember to take advantage of coupons and discounts. These are easily accessible on DontPayFull.com and can often drastically reduce the final amount that you pay. It takes almost no time and means that your purchase won’t leave your pockets empty, giving you the best deal for your hard earned cash.
Question a Product’s Longevity
If something is a fad, chances are you’ll invest in an item, only to get a couple of wears out of it before it’s out of fashion. That’s not an item that will make the capsule wardrobe cut.
Is this worth the money? Consider investing in staple pieces over statement pieces. These will serve you better in the long run.
Set a day aside to clear out your wardrobe. Keep the items that you consider staples for your capsule wardrobe. There will be plenty of pieces though that you rarely wear or might have completely forgotten you owned.
There’s no point in hoarding, so free up space and take out anything that you don’t love or don’t consider a staple that you can wear over and over, or make up several different outfits with it.
Sell these on through online marketplace sites like Etsy, Depop and eBay. They take a percentage commission, but they also put you in touch with a worldwide market of buyers. This is especially beneficial when selling branded or high fashion items. You can make a surprising amount from secondhand goods.
As they say: one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Put anything you earn aside for a rainy day.
The Gist of it
So to tidy up your closet and create a capsule wardrobe you can start by upcycling, smart shopping, questioning a product’s longevity to see how much you can get out of it and clearing out to keep only what you really need.
Have you ever thought of setting up a capsule wardrobe?
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