Now you know what a capsule wardrobe is. You’ve read all about it, you’ve downloaded your check-list and you’ve decided you want to give it a whirl. First, good job! Congrats to you on wanting to try something new. So, now what? Now, it’s time to start the process of building your capsule wardrobe. Before you grab your purse and head out shopping, there are a few steps to take beforehand, otherwise known as weeks 2 & 3 of this series.
Here we are in week 2. One of the most important pieces of building a successful capsule wardrobe is going to be understanding your style. Yep, if you don’t know what your style is, you cannot start building your capsule wardrobe. Why is this so important? For starters, your capsule is going to be a limited number of pieces, that you love to wear. As a result, those pieces have to speak to you and your style, and they have to be pieces you love. How can you have pieces you love, if you haven’t yet figured out what that means?
How do we figure out our style? The first step is going to have to do with your body type. No, I don’t mean your size or your weight, I mean your body type. When referring to your body type, I’m talking about your proportions and where you carry your weight. Generally, we want to look at the relationship between our shoulders, natural waist, and hips. The proportions between these 3 regions will help you to determine your body type, and as a result, which silhouettes are going to be the most flattering. Does this mean there are things that you cannot and should not wear? I’m never going to say that. If there is something you absolutely love, and you love how you look and feel in it, but it’s not ideal for your shape, I’ll still say wear it! The idea is to love how you feel in your clothes. Understanding your body type is going to be a guideline for you to help you understand what will look best on you. Remember, style is all about guidelines and principles, not rules! Download my free Body Type Guide Here. You’ll see there are 5 general body types that most women can identify with, but often times, we fall into or in between more than 1 body type, so don’t feel bad about that.
Next, we want to consider our preferences. Preferences can really range anywhere from color and pattern preferences, all the way to silhouette preferences (i.e. preferring pants over skirts, etc). Think about your preferences. Maybe you love floral, maybe you hate bright colors, maybe you only wear dresses (but you’re not sure why), maybe you only wear sleeveless, or perhaps you never wear sleeveless. There are a number of preferences we have, and I’m going to list out a few for you to consider, but of course, feel free to create your own list
Consider how you feel about each (if you feel anything at all, you may not have a preference) and jot down some notes about them and what you notice. What additional preferences do you have that you’re noticing? Feel free to get up and walk around your closet to get a better idea.
Next up, messages! This is a two-parter. First, is going to be how you want to feel in your clothes…these are what I call “style words”. For example, my style words are “Confident, Capable, Fun”. That’s how I want to feel in my clothes. Your style words are going to be 3-5 descriptive words of how you want to feel. These are positive words that reflect how you’re feeling at your absolute best. The next part of this is what is the message do you want to send to the world. Our clothes are speaking for us, whether we like it or not. For me, how I want to feel in my clothes and the message I want to send are the same. For you, it might be a bit different. Maybe you want to FEEL sexy, but you don’t necessarily want that to come across. Think about the message you want your look to send to people upon first meeting them without having to say a word. What message do you want to convey? What do you want people to understand about you before you ever speak? Maybe that you’re outgoing, maybe that you’re organized, or maybe that you’re fun. Whatever it is, consider these messages and what you want your style and looks to reflect.
Lastly, and while it’s very important, it’s not the most important, is your day-to-day. I want to say a few things about this. Certainly, comfort is key. We all want to be comfortable, however, we don’t want to sacrifice everything else for comfort. Do me a favor, and replace the word “Comfortable” with “Practical” and that will make a world of difference. The fact is that pajamas are comfortable, but they’re not practical for living in. We want our wardrobe to be comfortable, but not ONLY comfortable. When we’re talking about your day-to-day, this is important. It’s important because on the flip side, while we want our wardrobe to be fantastic, it also needs to be functional for our lives, and if we’re not considering what functionality we need out of our wardrobes, we’ll build a closet/wardrobe that looks great, but doesn’t serve us.
Take some time, sit down with these factors and really think about your current personal style, where you’d like it to be, and how you want to get it there. Want to talk more about it? Click here to schedule your free 30-minute consult with me! If you have’t joined my FB Group The Anti-Stylist, be sure to do so! I’ll be going live FRIDAY at 12 noon PST answering questions and going even deeper on week 2!