Last week I spoke about step 1 in the our wardrobe building process: the foundation for your wardrobe. This week let’s talk about building it further.
Once you have determined who you are and what looks good on you, it’s time to see if your wardrobe reflects that.
Build your wardrobe step 2: Organize, try on, and clear out
Sometimes we tend to buy a lot of new things for a new season without being aware of what we already have.
So once you are familiar with your body, lifestyle and style preferences it’s time to go through your wardrobe and see what you already own.
Often, you have much more to wear in your closet than you realize, but sometimes we get stuck in a rut of wearing the same thing over and over again because it’s the first thing we see or we become too comfortable with what is familiar. When building your winter wardrobe, take the mantra of “organize, try on, and clear out” to heart.
Organizing your closet will allow you to see everything you own. Make an effort to schedule a time to organize your closet. Take all of your items out, and similar to a department store begin to take inventory of what you own.
Next, try on items in your closet to gauge whether or not they’re worth keeping. If you find yourself often saying, “I might wear this” or “This could work”, chances are you’ll put those pieces right back to the rear of your closet or in the bottom of a drawer. Try on your pieces to see what is worth keeping as it is, taking to be altered, or donating.
Remember, style is defined by quality and not quantity.
For more tips on how to do this, please read how to edit your wardrobe.
Step Three: Select the essentials of your wardrobe
Now that you have figured out what you should keep in your closet, take the opportunity to see how many of your pieces are a great foundation for the perfect winter capsule wardrobe. Here are a few examples of what those essentials could be.
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
12 Winter Wardrobe essentials
No matter the trends or year, the following are 12 basics almost every style personality could build upon. They are timeless, classic pieces that are resistant to change and coordinate with most any trend you will encounter. Consider these the foundation of your winter wardrobe and invest in quality pieces that will last you quite some time.
Think of these like the frame of a great painting, where they are a neutral force that help to anchor your wardrobe. Depending on your personal style, you can fill in with prints, textures, colors, and styles that will create a unique look that reflects you.
A dark blazer
Although I selected black here, these could also be another dark color.
Neutral long sleeve t-shirt
White button-down blouse
Versatile cashmere sweater
- Reiss pink cashmere sweater
- Madeleine Thompson black cashmere sweater
- J. Crew italian cashmere gray sweater
Sleeveless black dress
Neutral trench coat
Tailored wool coat
Dark wash jeans
- Falke black cashmere tights
- John Lewis black wool tights
- Wolford matte opaque tights
- DKNY super opaque black tights
- Tory Burch brown riding boots
- Marc Fisher black pointed toe knee high boots
- Nine West gray suede knee high boots
- Vince Camuto black knee high boots
- Forzieri gray leather gloves
- Ted Baker pink leather gloves
- Rochas long brown leather gloves
- Saks Fifth Avenue black leather gloves
Putting it all together
Select one item from each of the 12 categories above. This should provide you with a 12 capsule wardrobe that will serve as the perfect foundation for your winter capsule wardrobe. Make sure you focus on selecting pieces that fit your body shape best and are of a high quality (especially as they will endure being worn and cleaned multiple times).
Next week we will add to these essentials and create unique capsules for each of the styles we discussed in our first article on building your wardrobe.
For now, concentrate on the basics and let me know which are your essentials for your winter wardrobe?
P.S. Continue with part 3: Color in your style
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