Last week Courtney promised to talk us through how she recently cleared out her entire wardrobe and created the perfect capsule wardrobe that is now making it SO much easier for her to throw together exceptional outfits every day, AND is getting much better value for money out of the pieces she chooses to invest in.
Here's how she did it!
She loosely followed the advice we all received from professional stylist, Andri Parlett, a few months ago. You can find Andri's advice on our blog!
Here is the process she followed:
- Review how her wardrobe will work best organisationally
- Review the value of each item in the wardrobe and get rid of the bulk out of it - it's confusing and gets in the way of creating great outfits quickly
- Re-organise the wardrobe in line with what works for her lifestyle
- Add the items now missing to refresh the wardrobe and create a small, cohesive capsule wardrobe that will create hundreds of incredible outfits quickly and easily
Reviewing the organisation of your wardrobe
How many times have you lost items in your wardrobe that you just can't find or stood in front of it staring blankly trying to work out what to wear because there's too much crammed in there, it's badly organised, you can't see everything and items that should go together are nowhere near each other to evoke quick and easy inspiration?
Me? Every damn day.
And it needed to change.
As much as I'd love a beautifully organised wardrobe coordinated by colour and garment length it's a) not possible (your garment lengths and colours never align) and b) it's not practical.
You need to work out how to organise your wardrobe to best suit your lifestyle and your daily outfit decision-making process.
For me, that involved separating work wear and casual wear by sides - work wear over one side and casual over the other side. Then I stripped out everything I didn't want to wear, didn't wear or didn't add to my wardrobe so I could see the best outfits for work and casual most easily.
Reviewing each item
To review the value of each item in my wardrobe and work out how to drastically reduce the volume in there, I loosely followed Andri's process on our website but I sorted my items into the following categories:
Sell, donate or ditch - any item that doesn't fit, doesn't excite me or is passed it's use by date.
Store - Items I still ADORE but haven't worn in years. However, also couldn't bear the idea of parting with. These I boxed up to roll out over the next few years as a fresh new injection into my wardrobe. Make sure these are TIMELESS pieces otherwise in a year's time when you open the box you'll just hate them and they would have been a waste of storage but if you've had emotional attachments to them over years that have prevented you getting rid of them, they probably are timeless pieces you can safely hang on to.
Keep - items I still love, still fit, still in great condition and make great outfits for me at present.
Re-organise your wardrobe
Now that you know what needs to be in your wardrobe, visually rearrange it all to suit your lifestyle and your outfit needs. For me this was separating work clothes and casual clothes by side and putting complementary items next to each other so each item was surrounded by 4-5 easy outfits, visually right in front of my face every time I stand in front of my wardrobe wondering what to wear (by activity - work or non-work!). It's brilliant! I am no longer lost and void of inspiration when I walk into my wardrobe! There is LOADS of activity-appropriate options right in front of my eyes giving me heaps of inspiration!
Keep your accessories close by too, and the complementary shoes for each side of your wardrobe directly underneath those outfits so the whole outfit comes together easily.
Add the items you're missing
Now you have your whole wardrobe neatly set out in front of your eyes, free from clutter and confusion, it should be really easy to identify what's missing.
Are you missing a great spring trench coat?
Are you missing a great pair of leather pants? Or a leather skirt?
Or a crisp white sneaker or plan black/nude heel?
It should be abundantly clear what's missing from a staples perspective that will create SO many more options for you, or finish off current outfits perfectly.
Then you can consult our Spring/Summer trends guide if you want to inject some freshness to your wardrobe as well.
And now you have two perfect, activity-appropriate capsule wardrobes with complementary items that make SO many great outfits that will make you feel like the Queen you are. Easily. Without wasting hours of your life in your wardrobe wondering or feeling uninspired.
Has worked a treat for me and I'm STOKED with my capsule wardrobe! It is kicking serious goals for me right now and helping me get out the house with ease, in outfits that are never less than 11/10! And we deserve 11/10. Every time.
If you need some inspo, here are the key pieces in my non-work capsule wardrobe:
So go on, get in there, edit your wardrobe, add in what you need, and rock your capsule wardrobe this Spring/Summer!
Lots of love