You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting for a couple of weeks. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I had made plans to move to a new apartment, but – as it happens in life sometimes – things didn’t work out. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up, but it might take me some more time to find what I’m looking for.
Nevertheless, the idea of moving has ‘forced’ me to look at the stuff I have. I mean, it doesn’t make any sense to drag things you don’t use to a new home: you must pack them, pay to move them and find room for the them. Then, when you start unpacking and look at what you brought, you end up asking yourself why the heck you’re dragging some things for years, since you never use them. Can you relate? I bet you can!
So, while I’m still on the lookout for a gorgeous new apartment, I’m committed to use the time I have to get rid of what I don’t need anymore. I keep getting flashbacks of when I lived in Berlin 20 years ago, and owned a little more than a couple of suitcases. That keeps me going, even when I think “Oh, I know I don’t use this, but I love it so much” ?
Why am I telling you this? Well, because I’ve made a decision that might just INSPIRE YOU to try something. Let me explain.
I don’t own a lot of clothes. But I haven’t worn a lot of the pieces hanging in my closet for quite some time. Still, I can’t get myself to throw them away or to give them away, because the truth is I still like them. So why don’t I wear them? Well, some of them don’t match the clothes I wear every day, some aren’t practical enough or don’t suit my current style. I like to grab a pair of jeans, add a nice top and get going. Rarely do I have the patience to try stuff on or spend too much time working on my look.
So, I started researching how I could build a CAPSULE WARDROBE, because I want to only keep what fits and what I really still wear. I found a lot of interesting information at Justine Leconte’s YouTube channel. I’ve talked about Justine on my blog before. Since I’ve discovered her, I can’t stop watching her videos, because I find them fun, incredibly helpful and packed with great information.
On her video “How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe”, Justine walks you through exactly that, as a way to escape the fast fashion trap. She goes through:
- Why you’d want a capsule wardrobe in the first place
- How to plan and structure it
- How to sort your existing closet
- Where to get inspiration
- And much more
The video shows you how to declutter, find your own style and end up with a minimalized closet, that only contains clothes you love and wear. After applying this to your wardrobe, you should get down to about 36 items per season. But things like underwear or sportswear don’t count.
Step 1: Sort what you own – Take everything out of your closet and look at each piece one-by-one. Make 3 piles: 1) stuff that you could wear every day, 2) stuff that you wear in another season, 3) stuff you haven’t worn in at least a year.
Put pile one in your closet. Store pile two and look at it again in 6 months. Sell or give away pile three. What you now have in your closet defines your style. Do you have a formal or a casual look? What are your colors, your shapes, the materials you like? And now you can also see what’s missing.
Step 2: Plan your capsule – Check out what you have in terms of tops and bottoms, and think in terms of layers, so that all pieces are combinable with each other.
Justine also gives us a couple of examples, to help us imagine what kind of result we can get.
Step 3: Your shopping behavior – Once you know what your capsule should look like, you might have to buy some pieces. But now you also know what you should and shouldn’t buy.
Repeat for the next season!
But this is just the beginning. There’s more to it than that. And while you might feel that this’ll take you a lot of time to think through (I admit that crossed my mind), the truth is that you’ll have more empty space afterwards, your style will be better defined, you won’t have to waste time thinking about what you should wear, and you’ll potentially have less quantity, but better-quality clothes. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s worth my time.
So, I plan to dig deeper into this subject in the next couple of blog posts. So, if this is something that has crossed your mind, stay tuned in the next weeks, and I’ll help you navigate this topic, while I’ll also keep you posted about my progress ?
See you soon!
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