My capsule wardrobe checklist

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen me mention (ok ok, bang on a bit) about the fact that for A/W I’m going to try and put together a capsule wardrobe.

It’s a bit of an experiment as I’m a self confessed shopping addict but I’m fed up with having so many clothes but nothing to wear! If you feel the same (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this), I suggest you keep reading!

It’s not something I’ve done before so I’ve been doing a fair bit of research into building a capsule wardrobe & I guess that the main idea is this:

You collect high quality, timeless items that can be mixed & matched and bought out year after year, giving you a wide variety of outfits that you can wear time and time again . You can still buy “on trend” items that look like they’re only staying around for one season but make sure not to spend too much money on these (for my budget – which is definitely not big at all, Primark is probably a good idea!)

Being the list maker that I am, after some extensive pinteresting and blog reading/YouTube watching – I’ve put together a list of what I intend my “capsule wardrobe” to contain:

  • Black skinny jeans (ripped knee)
  • Mid wash skinny jeans
  • Mid wash Mom jeans
  • Black pleated midi skirt
  • Oversized mustard jumper
  • Cream cable knit jumper
  • High neck jumper dress
  • Cream fine knit jumper
  • Black fine knit jumper
  • Long sleeved white/grey/black top
  • Short sleeved white/grey/black top
  • Striped long sleeved top
  • Sheer shirt or blouse
  • White shirt
  • Flannel shirt
  • Shirt dress
  • Grey “blazer” coat
  • Midwash denim jacket
  • Trench coat
  • Timberlands
  • Black knee-high boots
  • Chelsea boots (mine are grey)
  • Moccasins (mine are nude)
  • Black mules
  • Vans
  • Tartan scarf
  • Plain scarf
  • Bobble hat (grey, black or cream)
  • Brown satchel/Black backpack

Keeping colours neutral is key (luckily I’m a huge fan of a neutral wardrobe!) & then for A/W I’m aiming to bring in splashes of red and yellow, maybe some green too!

I’m not sure how it’s going to go, especially as my budget is so small meaning I’m not able to splash out for the really high quality items but I’m enjoying putting it together so far!

You can access my ever expanding, capsule wardrobe Pinterest board here.

And, although I’ll be doing a blog post on this soon, if you want to see what I’m buying in real time follow me on Instagram and check out my “capsule wardrobe” story highlights. I’ll be keeping them updated with my favourite finds!

No one (in my family) has faith that I can do this but I’m excited to give it a go! Do you think it’s something you’d like to give a go? Or is it something you already do? Any tips, tricks, questions welcome! I’m so determined for this to be a success!

P.s. if you don’t really care about putting together a capsule wardrobe & want to help me declutter, please please please take a look at my Depop page! Some lovely bits that I’m going to super miss are going up there but I just don’t have the space for it all in my little cottage & I could really do with the money! Weddings and shopping addictions are expensive, man!

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