“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” —Yves Saint Laurent
Capsule wardrobing/ STEP ONE
The first thing you need to do, and I’m sure this is not NEWS to you, is:
DETOX and to make it easy you can use , this little cheat sheet..
After you’ve done this it’s time to take out your items FOR THE SEASON YOU FIND YOURSELF IN RIGHT NOW! Everything that is not for this season goes in storage.
YOU ARE OFFICIALLY AT THE START OF YOUR CAPSULE! HURRAY!
Then the last step of step one: Photograph all the clothes for the season you want to build your capsule for while you’re wearing them. This will give you a lot of insight on how colors look on you, how clothes look on your body and what works for your body type.
Notice the feeling you get while looking at these photo’s. Is this who you want to represent? What clothes represent you the most? Is this the style you want? What works for you and what doesn’t? Then just go with what you have and let it sit for a while.
If there are any clothes you don’t feel comfortable with, throw them into the donation pile and work with what you have for a week or two while you’re in your natural habitat. Aka sports, hobbies, home and your work situation. Write down what works & what are more frustrating points. See what you lack in your closet and what you have plenty of.
Also, try to notice items that are repeated but in different shapes or forms. For instance breton striped shirts in many different shapes or colors. This is probably your comfort zone. I’m guessing you did not buy these because your mum told you to.
Do you see a wardrobe staple in your capsule in progress?
When you have worked with your unfinished capsule for two weeks you will get a gigantic amount of information on your style and wardrobe. After you’ve let it sit to process this a while you will be ready for step two in the capsule building process. I will write more on step two in a few days.
Capsule wardrobing STEP 2/Two weeks into your first capsule/ questionnaire
You’re the first two weeks into your capsule…
Time for some reflection on how it all went… Here are some questions that can help you in the process…
Which outfit made you feel absolutely fabulous and why?
Do you feel joy over your capsule? Why or why not?
Describe your current style but try to go under the surface and work with adjectives that also relate to your personality…
Are you working with color schemes ? Why or why not? What are your most worn colors? is there enough of them in your current wardrobe?
Did you work with outfit formula’s? Which combinations did you wear the most often?
Do you want your outfits to be versatile or are you fine with the same outfit combo’s or colors?
Did people compliment you on your outfit or did they notice something different about it?
Do you like to implement the new trends into your current style?
Did your outfits match your lifestyle and did you feel comfortable in your clothes? What’s the outfit you feel most comfortable in? Is that because of the style of the outfit or the material of the clothes or both?
Do the clothes & outfits you wore fit your body type?
Are you happy with the style you’re representing?
If you didn’t have any limits in budget what would you change about your wardrobe & style?
Is your self confidence holding you back in wearing what you want?
Was getting dressed easy?
Did you wear most of your capsule?
Did you reach for items that weren’t in you capsule?
Is there enough variety in your closet so you can dress for different occasions?
I suggest wearing your new capsule with your old existing clothes first, but if there were too many donation items or items that you weren’t satisfied with and you needed to go shopping these questions below are for you…
Did you have to buy certain new items? Did you go for quality items or many lower quality items of a mix of the two?
How did you go about shopping for new stuff early in the capsule experiment. Did you feel you made good buying decisions ? How did you go about it?`
I suggest going about your capsule alone. If you include a good friends chances are you will be influenced by them….
Are your friendships a big influence on your clothes?
Do you dress differently based on your emotions?
Why do you want to spend time on your style?
Are you confident enough to dress the way you want to?
Not tired yet?
A fun tool to help you build a GREAT CLOSET, follow up questionnaire
I’ve listed some questions below to map our your lifestyle and interests. This is only one little step in the process of building a great closet, but it’s an important one.
Questionnaire to help you map out your life and lifestyle:
Describe your character in detail.
How would your best friend describe you?
What characteristics would you like to own?
What interests you? Do you have enough time to pursue those interests?
How much do you travel?
How much do you dine out a week?
Which cuisine do you prefer?
How do you relax?
Describe your average week (regular activities: work- social-transportation- sports-regular)
Did you go through a major change in your life recently? (moving, break-up…)
Will something major be happening in your life soon (job interview, date, work presentation, business trip, wedding….)
Do you prefer a night in or out?
Are you a town or country person?
Do you love your job?
What do you love about it?
If you don’t like your job, what would you like to do?
What’s keeping you from that?
What’s stopping you?
How much do you travel for work?
Where do you go?
Do you dine out for work?
Is there a dress code at work?
Do you stand out between colleagues? In a positive or negative way?
Do you get remarks about how you dress?
Do you feel good in the clothes you wear to work?
What would you change?
What’s stopping you?
Clothing and style
What did you like to wear as a kid and why?
What did you hate to wear?
What was your favourite colour, is it still your favourite?
Describe your uniform aka what you wear the most?
Describe your daily look?
How do you feel in that? How much do you wear that look?
Which clothing item makes you feel pretty? Why?
Do you wear this a lot?
If you don’t wear this a lot why is that?
Choose your style icon.
Look at your own wardrobe. Does it reflect that style?
If so, are you wearing these pieces enough?
Why are / aren’t you?
Do you like to shop?
How much do you shop?
Does anyone in the process of shopping influence you?
Where do you shop? ( shopping street, online…)
Which brands do you buy and why?
How many items in you closet don’t you wear?
How many do you wear?
What are your favourite pieces?
Do you wear them a lot?
What are your least favourite pieces?
Do you wear them sometimes?
If you would like to change anything in your closet, what would it be?
Describe your ideal situation towards your appearance?
What would your dream closet look like?
What is/ are your wardrobe staples?
Describe your style in 10 words -5 words-3words-1 word
What is the biggest hit in your closet?
Who is your favourite pin-up?
Who is your fashion role model?
If you don’t have time and your going out what is your go to dress?
When you had a fire what is the one thing you would salvage?
How do you pick an outfit?
If you could raid anyone’s closet, who’s would it be?
What changes in your style depending on the different places you’re going to?
What is your favorite book? Why?
What is your favorite film? Why?
Which music genres do you like the most? Why?
What artists do you like (any art form)? Why do you like them? Is their something about their character, style or appearance that stands out?
Who are the women you admire? Why do you admire them in their a) appearance b) style c) beauty d) intellect e) career f) other things you admire in them. How do those women make you feel?
It’s time to move on to STEP 3
Let’s find out what gets the fire burning inside! Lets seek exitement and inspiration!
Where to find this…
Blogs ! Bloglovin is a great tool to keep al your favorite bloggers in one place. It’s also handy to find a range of styleblogs and select upon the style of the bloggers that speak to you, which ones you’d like to follow.
Magazines ! Although I have to say ( sorry print media) I find it much more inspiring to see real people in real life do their thing with fashion instead of watching air brushed models. There is also too much focus on selling what’s hot now and it may or may not have anything to do with your personal style. You’ll find a broader range of inspiration online. Plus they are expensive.
Tv shows and movies! Find a character which style you like.. For instance Penny, from “the Big Bang Theory”. If you like poppy colors and you like having that “Girl Next Door” look, then that’s probably your thing ! The next step is to find other characters of other shows that have that same vibe, like Rachel from friends. You might like sexy Cécé from New Girl or Jess, which are clearly two different styles. Cécé has a more Kardashian vibe which you can also look into and Jess is completely retro. Julianna Margieles from “The Good Wife “makes me think of Robin from How I met Your Mother and so on…
Pinterest! I don’t have to explain this… but (try) don’t click on the images that lead you to a shop. Shop that you like may represent what you want but I wouldn’t go browsing them in this phase of the capsule building process.
This one is the most fun. Ask your girlfriend to go sit on a terras downtown on a sunny day look at the different looks of the people you see walking by. Don’t forget to take a notebook and a pen with you.
The final step is taking a friend that isn’t into fashion at all into a higher end store and going over different fabrics and colors and shapes of the clothing they sell. This way you can touch the items and feel the fabrics and the colors you like. It’s better to do this in a high end store, chances are their clothes will be made of higher quality fabrics. No one want’s to touch synthetics the whole time. Don’t buy! That’s why you have to take a friend, a better option is to take your boyfriend who will probably turn pale once he sees the prices of the items there.
Don’t forget to take notes of anything you like. Try to group them into categories such as:
Try not to worry about make up and accessories. That’s just the icing on the cake we still have to make & this will just flow naturally after you’ve did your research.
Step 4 of capsuling. Drawing a chart before acting out on your style inspiration…
AND WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT…
You first want to know what the activities are that you spend your time on day to day & where you work.
It makes no sense to dress up fancy everyday when you spend your time working at home, neither does wearing long boho dresses when you have to use your bike to commute to work.
So this is step 4. Based on your life and your pie/ cake eliminate everything in your style inspiration list that doesn’t fit into your life or lifestyle.
If you really like a specific style and it doesn’t seem to fit into your life you can always opt for a more toned down version of this. You could go for a short boho dress for instance if you use the bike daily or go for a fancy touch on your outfits that you wear working at home.
Capsule wardrobing part 5/ It’s all in the mix and match
In the end, building a capsule wardrobe is like building anything in life, you need fundaments. In this case, we’re talking about (one) the basics, the white tee, the jeans, the chambray shirt…Then to add a little flair and to define who you are, you’ll need (two) key pieces that are versatile and you can wear in many ways and with almost anything like a leather jacket or a high waisted black jeans. And to top it all off add some (three) bold statement pieces like cool shoes or a piece of chunky jewelry.
What counts as a statement, key piece or basic is completely up to you and your style. If you have a pretty toned down style, then a polkadot blazer may count as a statement piece while for others this will rather be a basic or a key piece.
Budget wise, it’s better to invest in high quality clothes in all the three categories, but if you’re on a budget I would opt for key pieces and basics first. I find that basics are as important as the structured key pieces that define your unique style. The basics are the fundaments and layers of your outfit and the chances are that you’ll wear them even more than anything else in your wardrobe.
If you don’t have a big budget, build your wardrobe slowly. No one says you have to get your seasonal capsule right immediately. Take a season or two three to really get it right, meanwhile work with what you think is still ok, but not perfect.
Statement pieces are often trendy pieces, so if you don’t have much money left to spend on them, that’s totally fine.
So after completing the first 4 steps of capsuling, it’s important to get to get your basics right. An important question to ask her is: “What is a basic to you, according to your style and lifestyle?”
Try to figure out what the basics are to you and what the key pieces are. Then think of putting the icing on the cake, aka the statement pieces.
Good luck ❤