lusting for: the capsule wardrobe

One of my resolutions for 2019 is to buy less. Specifically, buy fewer clothes. Even more specifically, set up a capsule wardrobe and buy clothes only to fill the gaps. As somebody who has ASOS packages arrive practically every second day (most of which do end up being returned…), this is a pretty significant shift for me. But the simple fact of the matter is that I really do have enough more than enough clothes… so I should stop wasting money on items I just don’t need!

I’m less than two weeks in, but here’s the process I’m following (thanks to Anna from The Anna Edit for inspiration).

#1 Clear everything out
I took ALL my clothes out of the wardrobe and drawers to assess what worked and what didn’t. This helped show me just how often I keep buying the same kinds of things, and also reminded me of some hidden gems that had been stuck at the bottom of the drawer.

#2 Only put back clothes for right now
Three big bags of clothes I wasn’t going to wear again went to charity and winter clothes went away in drawers. Everything else was hung in the wardrobe in its appropriate spot (jackets, tops, dresses, skirts and trousers).

#3 Assess the gaps
I didn’t find any gaps that needed to be filled immediately but I have a little note in my phone where I can save anything that I feel is missing to buy down the track. For example, I really want a fitted black turtleneck for winter – but I obviously don’t need that when it’s currently 35 degrees outside!

#4 Swap the seasons
When it hits Autumn, I’ll put the high summer clothes away and take out my winter clothes. I’ve already been doing this for a year or two (partly due to space restrictions in our old flat) and it means I don’t get sick of seeing the same clothes all the time and it feels exciting to pull out my old favourites at the beginning of the new season.

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? Any tips for me?

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