Building Your First Capsule Wardrobe: The Basics

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There's a lot that goes into creating your very first capsule wardrobe. When I first set out on this adventure, I thought it was just cleaning out your closet (although, this is a huge part of it!). Many people look at this “trend” and think, “Oh, it's easy!”

But there is a HUGE amount of planning that goes into building a cohesive, stylish, seasonal-based wardrobe. I seriously underestimated the amount of work that goes into this.

I've looked for guides, but many of these posts break it down seasonally. When they do this, they don't explain to people that they reuse a lot of the pieces in their wardrobe. They don't share what their year-round basics are, what is specifically for spring/summer, etc.

So I've created a guide in which I'm going to break down the basics, things many minimalists have in their wardrobes that are used year-round.

First things first, you need to decide what colors appear most frequently in your CURRENT wardrobe. Why? Because this determines what your eye is already drawn to. We have our own specific tastes, and to create your very basics, you should stick to what you absolutely love and wear all the time.

As I went through my closet, I found, not surprisingly, that the colors I wear the most are white, black, gray, and navy. Go through your closet and just look at all the pieces you currently have and make a note of what colors occur the most in your closet. These are your basic colors.

Determine what types of clothes you need.

Do you work from home? Need business professional clothes? You need to build a wardrobe based on what you're going to be doing. I'm about to graduate from college, which means I need to stock up on business casual clothes. Maybe you're starting a new job or maybe you're just going back to school. You need to figure out the type (meaning business casual, casual, formal, fitness, etc) you'll need based on whatever you're doing. Yes, this goes right down to what types of hobbies you have. If you run every day, you'll probably need some activewear.

For me, I'm having to go through and decide what business casual clothing I will need going into the fall. I've had summer internships, which means I have clothing for summer business casual, however, I don't have as much fall/winter clothing. I start thinking about this now so that I can plan and budget for whatever I might need to purchase. I also need to go through all of the free tees I have accumulated over the years. I definitely will need some, but not nearly as many as I have.

Do you have anything that already fits in this category?

Here comes the hard part. Now you have to go through and clean out your closet (here is a guide that I used when I cleaned out my own closet!). You need to see if you already have any items that already go well into whatever you have decided you needed. But you also need to see what all is in good shape. If there are holes in it, if it is faded, or if you just don't like it anymore, you need to get rid of it.

WHEN SHOPPING, PURCHASE THINGS YOU CAN WEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

Becoming a minimalist is all about smart shopping. This is all about getting the highest quality you can afford so that it lasts for a long time. Different items you want to last longer include denim jackets, jeans, a nice leather tote, everyday shoes, and more.

It can be easy for us to cringe when we see the price tag on those items, but the reason you are splurging on those things is to ensure that they will last for a long time! Does this mean you can't find great quality pieces at a great price? No. When I go shopping, I hit up all of the sales to ensure I save a little money. I also shop at Factory stores, like JCrew Factory, GAP outlet, LOFT outlet and so on.

SHOP MY FAVORITE BASICS:

  • If I were to pick a favorite outfit of the week, it would probably be Tuesday’s. The office I work in gets really cold, so even though it’s in the 70’s in Texas, I have to dress warmer for work. Anyone else work in an icebox? ❄️
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  • Is it bad that I kind of want it to get super cold again so I can wear this coat? 🙈 I got it at a vintage shop in Deep Ellum called @fleastyle. It’s been in the 70’s all week in DFW, which means it’s officially time for me to switch my closet over to spring. Would y’all like to see a post on the blog about switching over your closet? Let me know in the comments! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • Sooooooo I didn’t get the chop... yet! Why? Because this was my first time having a new stylist cut my hair in about 10 years. I would have gotten it cut before I moved, but I didn’t realize how bad of shape it was in! How long have you gone to your hair stylist? 
I highly recommend Liz at @metsalonco in Plano! She completely understood and put my fears at ease. I’ll be seeing her again in a couple months to do something a little more drastic! 😉
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  • Should I cut my hair short? Leave a 💇‍♀️ or 🙅‍♀️ in the comments! .
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I have a hair appointment tomorrow and I’m trying to decide if I should keep it long or get a lob. .
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  • Yesterday, I DELETED over 500 😱 followers from my Instagram, and I’m SO HAPPY I did. I took the suggestion from another blogger, @austentosone, to go through my followers and check for spam accounts. I thought I’d have a few, but y’all, it was out of control. •
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I really care about community. I create content not only because I love creating things, but because I love sharing them with people who are also interested in sustainable fashion. I want this to be a space where we can talk about ethical and sustainable fashion. A two way conversation. I want my blog to be a resource for people who are seeking a new lifestyle. What are some questions you’ve had about ethical and sustainable fashion? Let me know in the comments below! •
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If you’re a fellow influencer who is struggling with comparison and just keeping up with the rest, you’re not alone. Know that your value is NOT found in a number. You are loved. You were created with a purpose. Don’t lose sight of that purpose by focusing on a number. •
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Today on the blog, I’m sharing why I deleted all those followers and more about my intention for MINIMALISTA.
  • Who else is happy it’s spring? 🌸
Confession: I still haven’t switched my closet over. My parents are coming to town this weekend, so I’m going to wait until after their visit to switch over. 🌷
Because I still haven’t unpacked my spring clothing, this is a #tbt to my trip to NYC over Labor Day. This top is the Texture & Thread brand at @madewell, and it will definitely be featured again this spring! While this exact print isn’t available anymore, there are some solid ones in beautiful colors. Both of the tops I did find at Madewell are under $40! #LTKunder50 🌼
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  • What is one item you have in your closet that you consistently use? Today, I’m wearing this top I got 7 years ago for spring. It’s amazing how long clothing will last when you take care of it! 
But aside from this top, I don’t have a lot of spring/summer clothing. So yesterday I shared 8 items on my wishlist for spring! You can check that out by going to the link in my profile. 
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  • What do you wear on days where the weather can’t decide what it wants to do? In Dallas today, it’s 60 degrees but gloomy and rainy 🌧 so we can’t go out and enjoy. 
I’ve had this tote from @nisoloshoes for three years now and it’s still the best bag I’ve ever purchased. The exact style isn’t available anymore (the Joann tote), but I’ve linked the Lori tote which is similar! Plus, with @afterpayusa, you can purchase ethically while being a bit easier on the budget! 
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  • Can we talk about my love for this coat I picked up a couple of weeks ago at @shopfleastyle in Dallas? It caught my eye as soon as I walked in! Have you ever bought vintage clothing before? If so, what are your favorite vintage shops? •
I’ve slowly but surely been settling into my new routine! The month of February was insanely busy for me at work, and on top of that, I was still unpacking! (Confession: I’m still unpacking 🙈)
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Today on the blog, I answered a question people ask me a lot: What is ethical fashion? So head that way to learn more. •
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