Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Exciting news kittens – Mr. P&P and I just put down a deposit on a house of our very own! Happy times indeed! We’re not moving in for a little while but it’s time to buckle down and start saving as much as we can.

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Do you know what that means? It means it’s time for me to finally get a handle on my shopaholic tendencies. Sad times indeed. Well, ok, not really but this is an excellent time for me to take the plunge and create a capsule wardrobe. In a effort to curb my shopping I am going to try to make the best of what I’ve already got and stop making impulse purchases. Interested in following along? Get ready for some poorly shot outfit photos (we do not have a lot of light in the good old Yukon yet) and lots of Pinterest inspiration!

How to create a capsule wardrobe

Let’s start with the basics. What the heck is a capsule wardrobe? According to Caroline over at Un-Fancy it’s a:

“practice of editing your wardrobe down to your favorite clothes (clothes that fit your lifestyle + body right now), remixing them regularly, and shopping less often and more intentionally.” Sounds pretty good!

My lifestyle is pretty basic (not pumpkin spice basic, more like I don’t do any extreme mountaineering basic). I work in an office where the dress code is business casual and I wear casual clothes on the weekends and during the very occasional week night out. I exercise occasionally (not nearly enough but I can only handle one project at a time). The rest of my time is spent in lounge wear. So, how do you create a capsule wardrobe?

The things I need to do to create a capsule wardrobe are:

  1. Figure out my colour palette. I’m not going to worry about what suits me at this point. I am going to evaluate my wardrobe and decide what colours I like wearing (black, black, and more black).
  2. Go through my clothes and get rid of anything that does not fit or that I just don’t wear anymore.

The things I want to do are:

  1. Start buying only sustainable or second hand clothing. Keep me accountable loves.
  2. Get better at documenting my outfits, specifically on Instagram.
  3. Take part in the 10 x 10 challenge.
  4. Stop feeling like if I just buy one more thing my wardrobe will be perfect. It’s never going to happen.

Things I’m not going to do are:

  1. Count my clothes. I just don’t see the point to be honest.
  2. Buy anything new to fill “holes”. I have everything I need already.
  3. Include outerwear. I live in the north. It’s cold most of the time and I’m not including winter boots (I hate mine but I’m not replacing them because there’s nothing wrong with them) and hats and scarves.

So that’s it. Who’s ready? If you have any tips to curb impulses to shop I would be ever so grateful if you would share them in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “Create a Capsule Wardrobe

  1. A capsule wardrobe sounds something very cool to do 🙂
    Congratulations for the soon-to-be moving.. I’ve started to save for a deposit too but it will take a while 🙁


  2. I do the clothes decluttering once in a while. I hated doing it but now it is a routine I do every three month and It made a massive difference to my life and most importantly, storage 😀 I personally want to stop buying low quality “currently fashionable” pieces and spend more money on higher quality timeless pieces. The spending money to fill the hole.. I can definitely relate here. Sometimes i buy clothes just because i have not bought anything in a while.. a really enjoyed this post, however I have troubles to see your pictures for any reason :/ and it’s not only this post, it’s unfortunatelly all of them

    1. Hi V. Thanks for letting me know about the photos – it’s a glitch in my transfer to a self hosted site. I’m working on it! I find decluttering therapeutic and I like doing it regularly too.

  3. Congrats on your new house! I’ve heard of capsule wardrobe and I’m interested in trying it out as a way to not support fast fashion and instead buying good quality, long lasting garments.
    Loren | Plaid & Sugar

    1. Thanks Sophie! I used to be terrible about hoarding clothes too but I find that editing my wardrobe makes getting dressed each day a lot easier:)

  4. I’ve heard a lot about capsule wardrobes! I haven’t personally made one for myself, I feel like it would be really difficult but also fun in a challenging way to plan your wardrobe out from the very beginning of the month to focus more of what your are buying (quality) rather than quantity. It sounds like a great way to stop shopping for things that we really don’t need!


  5. This is so exciting!!!! And such a good time to go through your clothes and sort them out. I always admire people who have capsule wardrobes – they are such a good idea and it really makes it easier to decide what to wear. I’m working hard at going through my wardrobe and taking things to the charity shops nearby! It’s hard though, because often I feel like an emotional attachment to them.

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