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Wardrobe Rebuild: New Wardrobe You’ll Love in 6 Easy Steps

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A new season is upon us, which means that it is time for a wardrobe rebuild! If you have seen my Winter Capsule Wardrobe Update, you know I love capsule wardrobes! In fact, they save me so much time in the morning, and I always feel great in what I am wearing! We also don’t have a lot of extra closet space, so a small wardrobe is necessary.

With that said, I am sure some of you are wondering why I have not posted an update with my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. The answer for that is simple…. I do not like my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. SHOCKING RIGHT?! But I have to be honest!

Karin Rambo, a blogger friend of mine, asked a group of us, “If you had one word to describe your style [or style you want] what would it be?” At the time, I instantly thought “Preppy!” because I LOVE the Preppy style, but I also love the Bohemian style. While I am not sure I can pull of a Bohemian style, I do wonder if I could some how fuse the two styles together.

After doing some researching to see if it is possible, I have decided to cull my wardrobe! I am only keeping pieces that would hurt to part with and letting everything else go onto someone who will appreciate them as I once have. I will also have in between pieces that I will cull as I find the right replacements for them. These in between pieces are pieces I really like, but can live without if the right replacement pieces are found for them.

It is time for a wardrobe rebuild! Here’s how we are going to do it:

Life is too short to not have a wardrobe that you love! If your wardrobe is due for a makeover, follow my wardrobe rebuild guide to create a wardrobe you will love in 6 simple steps!

Wardrobe Rebuild: Creating a Wardrobe You’ll Love in 6 Simple Steps!

Wardrobe Rebuild Step 1: Find Inspiration

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.

Wardrobe Rebuild 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!

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. [However, for my summer capsule wardrobe, I will be omitting Long-Sleeve Tops and Sweaters from it.] From here, I have a list of other items I want to incorporate into my wardrobe to make it my own.

Wardrobe Rebuild 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

Wardrobe Rebuild 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.

The way I have 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.

Wardrobe Rebuild: New Wardrobe You'll Love In 6 Easy Steps

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.

Wardrobe Rebuild 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
  • 1 Stripe Shirt
  • 1 Maxi Dress
  • 1 Maxi Skirt
  • 1 Denim Jacket

Making my wardrobe total: 29

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! 😉

Since I am omitting the Long-Sleeve Tops and Sweaters from my basics, I have a few items I may add to this list, such as:

  • 1 Black Lace Top
  • 1 White Lace Top
  • 1 Boho Inspired Top
  • 1 Boho 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.

Wardrobe Rebuild Step 6: Go Shopping!

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 let 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!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below for me!

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  • Reply
    Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life
    June 6, 2016 at 9:43 am

    These are some awesome tips Erin! It’s hard to know how to get to the point where you love your closet. When I shop, I try not to buy something unless I think it’s going to be my new favorite item that I’m going to want to wear all the time. I hate realizing that I bought something and never wanted to wear it.

    • Reply
      June 6, 2016 at 10:27 am

      I agree, Christine! I’ve learned if I second guess it at the store, it isn’t for me. I have to love it as soon as I get it on or I will regret the purchase.

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    Shann Soiney
    June 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Great tips to rebuilding your wardrobe! I really need to clean out my closet, so I think this will really be helpful to me. Once I do that, then maybe I can do some shopping.

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    June 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Awesome tips, Erin! I’m looking to eventually do something similar with my wardrobe. Thanks for the inspo!

  • Reply
    June 6, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Step 3 is soooo important. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve purchased the same thing two or three times because I didn’t remember that I already bought it. No wonder I have hangers with two or three items on them…

    • Reply
      June 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

      I used to be the same way, Andrea! When I took inventory for the first time, I realized I had a lot more than I thought! Crazy how a list can change your mindset about your wardrobe!

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    June 6, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I keep thinking about trying this whole capsule wardrobe thing. I swear one of these seasons I need to just buckle down and do it.

    • Reply
      June 7, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Katie, what is holding you back? I would say the fall was the perfect time for me to give it a shot! I love my fall and winter clothing, so it was fun to try at that time.

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    Karin Rambo
    June 6, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    So good Erin! I think this is exactly what the last year has been for me and I’m so glad I’m now at a place where I really do love the vibe of my wardrobe. I think it’s important to like not only the individual pieces, but how the whole thing makes you feel as well. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • Reply
      June 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Karin, if it wasn’t for you asking that question, I don’t think I would have the bravery to go for it! So thank you for that! I am excited to see what I come up with as well!

  • Reply
    June 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I need to figure out this whole capsule wardrobe thing. I have the “mom uniform” down pat…but would like to have a little nicer collection than yoga pants and sweat shirts.

    • Reply
      June 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I completely understand, Heather! I have my casual work wardrobe and my work at home wardrobe [much smaller]. I mentioned above a few different capsules that I personally would recommend. May check them out to see if one might work for you? 🙂

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