When I first began to toy with the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe last spring I was reluctant for a few reasons…

  • I didn’t think I could wear only 10 things over and over again. I worried about regretting it, or missing certain pieces of clothing.
  • It seemed like a lot of work.
  • I’m just a “normal” girl. I don’t have a background in fashion or even classify myself as super stylish.

The concept that did appealed to me was to invest in quality pieces that are versatile. Simplify the morning what should I wear, build a wardrobe full of mix and match pieces that worked well together, AND made me feel and look good. I figured if I felt that way then maybe some of you did too.

As I began to think about the coming Fall and Winter I decided to try it. I pinned way too much information over on Pinterest (see my board here). I read, listened, and researched. Then several weeks ago (after my girls went back to school) I devoted a whole day to cleaning out my closet.

If you’re just a normal girl thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe and not sure how to create one this guide is for you.

A NORMAL Girl’s Guide to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe.

The first thing is realize there are no rules here. No numbers. No set colors. This is your wardrobe and you get to choose.

5 Easy Steps

1. Figure out your style. What looks good on you? What do you like? What do you feel good in? Do love bold colors? Or head-to-toe black? Are you a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl or do you prefer dresses and skirts? Make a pinterest board or go old school and cut pictures out from magazine. Either way, figure out your style. One that fits your everyday life. Listen, I’d love to wear heels and cashmere everyday but I’m a work-from-home-mom living in the desert. So jeans and a pair of cute tennis shoes are more realistic. But girl, I want to look good in those jeans and tennies. Can I get an amen?!

2. Clean Out closet, and divide into piles. (Repeat process the process with shoes, handbags, purses and accessories) I broke it down into 5 piles: 

  • Love it, it fits
  • Like it, it fits (like it, it doesn’t fit gets moved to donate. You want to love your wardrobe!)
  • Don’t like, don’t wear (donate this pile immediately)
  • Love it, doesn’t fit (move this pile out of your closet, give yourself a timeline, if it doesn’t fit you by then donate it.)
  • Needs repair (take to seamstress or repair yourself, don’t move it back into your closet until you do.

3. Move clothing back into closet. This is a great time to add baskets or bins, new hangers, fold clothes neatly and pretty your closet up.

  • Take notice of colors. Do you have all black or tons of bright colors or patterns? Do you need to add neutrals or a pop of color?
  • Make a list of the items you need. Prioritize them. Do you need a pair of dark wash jeans? Or perhaps you notice you have plenty of dressy tops but hardly any versatile T-shirts.

4. The fun part, shop! Using your list purchase the items you need the most. If you can wait, or your budget doesn’t allow, use what you have for now.

5. Pay attention to what you are wearing and what you are not wearing. Give yourself 3-4 weeks as a trial period. After those few weeks assess your closet again, walk through steps 1-3 again. Keep a list of items you’d like or want. Invest in versatile pieces that will last more than this current season.

I’ve created this Normal Girl’s Guide to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe Workbook. It will walk you through the steps listed above and help you create a wardrobe you’ll love even if you are normal girl.