Tips for Building a Capsule Wardrobe with Accessories on a Budget
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about building a capsule wardrobe. This is partially because having a capsule wardrobe is a great way to ensure you always have something to wear. But not just anything to wear, it’s about creating a wardrobe that you love, with all of the right accessories. Whether you are partial to wearing boots, scarves, cardigans or pearl brooches, a capsule wardrobe is a great way to wear what you love all of the time.
Building a capsule wardrobe isn’t about following the trends – even though the idea of having a capsule wardrobe is quite trendy. It’s about having staples in your closet and jewelry box that are go-to pieces. This means every single day of the week, and weekends, can be a day that you feel good about what you’re wearing. Who doesn’t want that? The best part is that it doesn’t matter what everyone else is wearing. If you want to wear a brooch to an informal event, that’s perfectly fine.
One of the biggest benefits of a capsule wardrobe is the fact that you spend less time in your closet trying to figure out what to wear. By establishing a wardrobe for each season, you only have immediate access to the clothing for the current season. While you will probably have pieces of clothing that work for every day of the year, you can compliment those items with clothing that’s exclusive to spring summer, winter or fall. You can also have foundational pieces that are wearable throughout the year, such as t-shirts.
As it turns out, there are mental and emotional reasons to start a capsule wardrobe. There have been people in the tech industry who consider Steve Jobs to be a mentor and follow his simplified wardrobe. Jobs simplified his wardrobe in order to eliminate the mental energy of trying to figure out what to wear every day. While your wardrobe doesn’t have to be pared down to that degree, it can certainly eliminate a lot of angst when it comes to figuring out what to wear.
The flip side of the Steve Jobs approach is having so many articles of clothing that a large percentage of your closet contains pieces that have never been worn. Even when this is the case, many people stand in front of their closet on a daily basis unable to find something to wear. The reason why this happens is because most people buy clothes that they don’t love. In fact, it’s common for consumers to buy clothing that they don’t even like, just because it was on sale. This bad habit can destroy your budget.
To eliminate the problem of having a closet full of clothes that you don’t want to wear, you simply have to make a decision about what to keep in your capsule wardrobe. This should include the jewelry that you wear everyday and on special occasions. Just remember that less is more. When you go shopping, you’ll need to determine the pieces that will be purchased in advance, which should only include clothing that fills in the gaps to complete your capsule wardrobe.