Ever wish you could toss all of your wardrobe and do an entire wardrobe rebuild? Well that is where my state of mind is currently, and I want to show you how you can build a wardrobe you love using mine as an example!
You see through having a capsule wardrobe for several months, it allows you to evaluate the pieces within your wardrobe.
You learn what you like, what you don’t like, and what maybe missing. It is a great way to hone in on what you want your wardrobe to say about you.
Wardrobe Rebuild: Creating a Wardrobe You’ll Love in 6 Simple Steps!
Step 1: Find Inspiration for Your Wardrobe Rebuild
The first step to building a new wardrobe is finding inspiration. Finding outfits or pieces you like through Pinterest, Polyvore, and Chicisimo can help determine which styles you are attracted to.
I like to find at minimum 50 outfits to pin or save that inspire me. I also look for outfits that have pieces similar to what is already in my wardrobe. This allows me to see how this piece can vary with other pieces.
As you review your choices, look for common trends, pieces, colors, etc. You should see a pattern among them.
Step 2: Decide on Your Capsule Wardrobe Guidelines
There are several capsule wardrobes you can choose to follow. There is Project 333, The 4×4 Wardrobe, 5-Piece French Wardrobe, etc. I have personally done Project 333, and loved it for my first time trying a capsule wardrobe!
Related Post: My Capsule Wardrobe: Project 333
This time around I am going to make up my own guidelines for my wardrobe. After all of the research on different wardrobes and trying one, I have decided to start by building my 10 Basics.
From here, I have a list of other items I want to incorporate into my wardrobe to make it my own.
Step 3: Take Inventory of Your Wardrobe
Now that the guidelines have been chosen for your wardrobe, take inventory of what you currently have for the capsule wardrobe you will build.
My list looks like this:
Jeans // 1 black skinny jean, 1 dark wash skinny jean, 1 medium wash skinny jean, and 2 dark wash bootcut jeans
Tanks // 2 black tanks, 1 gray tank, 1 white tank, and 1 blue dressy tank
Tops // 2 work shirts, 1 gray shirt, and 1 black graphic top
Blouses // 1 violet blouse, 1 floral blouse, and 1 black blouse
Blazers & Cardigans // 1 black blazer, 1 purple and white chevron cardigan [may replace], and 1 black and white open front cardigan
Dress // 1 royal blue dress [may replace with a black dress]
Shorts // 1 pink plaid short, and 2 dark wash shorts
Total Pieces: 23
Step 4: Develop Your Color Palette
The outfits you have saved as inspirations probably range in color a great deal. With a capsule wardrobe, you want to try and stick to 3-5 colors.
The options should be chosen based on what colors are currently in your wardrobe [if they work well together] and what colors complement you best when worn.
I selected the colors for my color palette is by looking at the colors already in my wardrobe and deciding from there. The colors currently in my wardrobe are black, gray, blue, violet, and white.
For me, these colors are perfect, so I will continue to grow my wardrobe based on the colors already within my wardrobe.
The important thing with your color palette is to make sure all of the colors can easily coordinate together. This ensures versatility and maximizes all outfit possibilities.
Step 5: Fill In The Holes
The next step is to make a list of the pieces you are missing in your wardrobe basics. For example, I need a solid black basic shirt.
Also be sure to include any special pieces you may want, like a blue jean jacket, printed dress, etc. Do this until you fill up your wardrobe according to your guidelines.
My list looks like this:
- 1 Black Shirt
- 1 Plaid Button Up Shirt
- 2 Stripe Shirts
- 2 Maxi Dresses
- 1 Maxi Skirt
- 1 Denim Jacket
Making my wardrobe total: 31
I will say now that I am not a skirt or dress person unless I need to dress up for an event. But as you can see from my Pinterest Board, I absolutely love the idea of them!
My goal is to find these two items for as little as possible to try them out and see if they are something I like and want to continue wearing. If not, at least my wallet will not be too mad at me! 😉
I have a few items I may add to this list, such as:
- 2 Lace Tops (1 black and 1 white)
- 1 Boho Inspired Top
- 2 Cardigans (1 boho inspired and 1 long cardigan)
- 1 Patterned Tank
Could make my wardrobe total: 34
I feel comfortable with these numbers, and I feel like I could create a lot of different outfits with these pieces.
Step 6: Go Shopping for Your Wardrobe Rebuild
Now is the hard but fun part… Shopping! You have your list of exactly what you want, and now it is time to go find it!
My number one rule for shopping is if I do not love it the very second I get it on and situated, it is not the piece for me. This saves so much regret and returning!
My goal with my wardrobe is to have an ethically built wardrobe. The two ways I plan to do this are only purchase brands that are ethically acceptable and by shopping second hand.
Shopping second hand is where the challenge is going to be for me, because when I get it in my mind that I want something in particular, it is hard for me to wait.
If I cannot find it quickly, I usually go to a random department store. However, this time, I will not allow that be an option.
When you have all of your pieces crossed off your list, the last thing you HAVE to do is a HAPPY DANCE!! It is time to celebrate your new wardrobe!
Let me know what colors are you including within your wardrobe rebuild?
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below for me!