Sunday, 19 November 2017

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe (And What NOT to Do)

I can't be the only person who buys clothing a size smaller with the intention of fitting in to it a few weeks later. Or in my case, a few days. I'm a serial online shopper, and there have been SO many times that I've bought an outfit for the weekend on a Monday or a Tuesday a size smaller than my normal size, thinking that I'm going to fit into it by Saturday. It sounds absolutely ridiculous to type out- because it is. But I STILL CONTINUE TO DO IT.

Why? You tell me. I feel smug at the time when I'm ordering it, I'll probably go to the gym or eat a salad for my dinner and be like yep, this is going to look absolutely banging on Saturday night. Then fast forward 5 days, it's 6pm on Saturday night, I'm having my routine meltdown in my bedroom because low and behold, the dress is too tight. Or the top doesn't fit. Or the trousers are giving me extreme camel toe. And I end up wearing one of the same 3 tops I always wear. Might throw on a pair of XL hoop earrings to try and distract people from the fact I am being a serial outfit repeater. But I never learn.

Same with sales. I won't step foot inside a store during a sale launch, but I am allllllll over it online. And I'm not alone when I say I buy stuff just because it's cheap. Take Topshop for example. The sale actually launches on Christmas Eve, but everyone assumes it's Boxing Day because that's when the majority of other sales launch. (Thank me later). The bonus is that I get the best pick of the discounted goodies, but the downside is that I end up buying things that I have never even seen in my life, just because I panic that someone else will buy it first and I'll regret it for the rest of eternity. Result? I end up with a huge bag of stuff I am probably never going to wear.

The reason that this has suddenly come to my attention- beside the fact I feel like I have burst several blood vessels in my neck from my weekly tantrums- is the fact I have been packing up my things ready to move out of my old flat and realised that I have sooooOoOoOOo many clothes piled up in my wardrobe, still with the labels on. I daren't even bring myself to total up the amount of money that has been wasted on impulse, panic-bought clothes that would probably only just fit my left thigh, because it is sickening. To the core.

Obviously the time period in which I can return them is long gone, so I'm going to have to eBay them which is 1) a ballache, and 2) the post office is the most depressing place on earth. Brilliant. Anyway, on the positive side, it's given me a HUGE kick up the bum to stop impulse buying, and start investing in better quality, key pieces for my wardrobe.

Image from Pinterest

I want to look and feel good in every single outfit I wear from now on, so I'm sharing my tips on creating a capsule wardrobe:

1. If you wouldn't have bought it full price, DON'T BUY IT IN THE SALE.

2. Create a wish-list of luxury items that you can't afford right now, but know you want to own eventually. This can be your birthday/Christmas list, OR if you get a tax rebate/win the lottery/get a work bonus/rob a bank then you're allowed to treat yourself. (My number one is the Missoma horn or this initial necklace)

3. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE LABEL. Buy it in your size. Don't do a Claudia and think you will be able to fit into something 2 sizes smaller in the space of 5 days then cry when it doesn't. If it's fits nicely, you will look nice, and you will feel nice wearing it! (Plus, no Saturday night mental breakdowns!)

4. Can it be used to create different looks? A good wardrobe staple can be worn different ways, to create different looks without making you feel like you're wearing the same thing day in day out. I recommend this black turtleneck jumper, a good pair of jeans and some black ankle boots.

5. Be realistic. You might think you're being clever by purchasing a thick, cable knit jumper in the summer sale because there is 30% off, but let's be honest. You're probably going to hate it by the time November rolls around. Same applies to bikinis. Don't do it guys.

6. Go through your wardrobe once every 6 months and get rid of everything that doesn't fit, or you don't like any more.

What are your tips for creating a capsule wardrobe?

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