What is a capsule wardrobe?
The whole concept behind having a capsule wardrobe is LESS is MORE. It is essentially narrowing down your entire wardrobe to a set number of tops, bottoms, shoes, and accent pieces that all mix and match together. This allows you to dress in clothes you love everyday, with less laundry, and more style.
Let's be real. You are not wearing all of the clothes in your closet right now, and neither am I. I have learned over the years that there are very few items I actually wear. This makes it super simple for me to go through each season and toss clothes.
Adding in clothes to create this intentionally curated closet is where a lot of ladies get hung up. I promise the system I use will save you money and make it way less overwhelming to boot.
Here's how you do it.
Make a Mood Board
Put together a design board or mood board of all the looks that insipre you. This is the most vital step for reducing the amount of money you spend, and creating a cohesive closet. The last thing you want to do is show up to Target with money in your hand and a hankering for clothes, and no real idea what you are looking for. It's like going to the grocery store hungry and no list. Bad new bears.
This is not mood shopping. This is not where you go to make yourself feel good then realize there was zero intention behind your shopping and you end up with a gut full of buyers remorse and a closet full of clothes that don't make you feel good about yourself.
Where do I find inspiration for my spring capsule wardrobe?
Pinterst. That is exactly where. You could scroll Instagram for hours but you will get results immediately from searching Pinterest with key words like this:
spring capsule wardrobe ideas
spring clothes for moms
spring outfit ideas for moms
easy capsule wardrobe ideas for spring
spring outfit ideas for curvy moms
simple spring outfits for stay at home moms
Every time you see and outfit you like, SCREEN SHOT the image. You want to have about 15-20 images to work with in order to come up with a solid 9 image mood board.
You can also pin them to a board if you want to keep them for later on, but the key here is to get an actual jpeg that you can put in to your mood board.
How do I make a mood board for my spring capsule wardrobe?
Canva.com It’s free, allows for a lot of creativity and is super intuitive.
Click "Create A New Design"
A search bar will open. Type in "Pinterest pin" (This will give you the correct dimensions for your projects) Your project will then open and is ready for you to start creating.
On the left side bar click on "elements"
Click on "see all" in the GRIDS section
scroll through the grids until you find the 3x3 grid, then drag and drop it onto the white canvas. It should look like this.
7. Click on "uploads" on the gray sidebar
8. Click "upload and image"
9. Select all the images you screen shot and upload them
10. Drag your images to each square and they will auto fit.
If you want to adjust how the image looks in the square double click on the picture.
11. Top right corner click the download arrow and save your image as a jpeg.
How do I use my mood board to help me shop?
Once your mood board is all set get out all your spring clothes. Lay them all out. Toss any clothes you know you don't feel like superwoman in, and keep what you have from last year that fits with your inspiration mood board you just made. For the most part, your staple skinny jeans, jean shorts, tank tops and blouses, and dresses will hold over from year to year once you have ones you love.
The fun part is including trends that give you and updated and confident feel when the seasons change. This is when you see what is lacking from your current wardrobe by looking at everything you have laying out on your bed and comparing it to what created on your mood board. Start putting some outfits together. Lay your three pairs of jeans out and see how many tops you can put with each. 3 tops and 3 pants make 9 outfits. It doesn't take a lot of pieces to make a full wardrobe.
Make a specific list of what is lacking from your current wardrobe and go get your shop on. My favorite places to shop are my local resale stores like Good Will, Ross, TJMax, also gotta love Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Old Navy.
Once you have completed this process a few season in a row you will become incredibly efficient with the process, and will look forward to putting your wardrobe together each year.