Saving money with the ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ trick
The whole ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ thing was something I didn’t quite get for a very long time. I don’t know if it was because I would buy clothes without considering what they’d actually go with. But finding out afterwards that they do actually go with a lot of other clothes I own. Plus they are not likely to go out of fashion anytime soon. So I guess I already had a capsule wardrobe thing going on. Even better, I’m saving money on fashion.
Lets face it, unless you have a massive disposable income or even just a simple clothes addiction, most of us will have certain items on repeat. Clothes that are really comfy or fit well are definite keepers. Timeless pieces are essential for a ‘capsule wardrobe’.
But what happens when your wardrobe needs something new and fresh? The things you wear each week feel old but shopping is an expense – or can be. I’m forever looking at ways to save money on fashion and accessories. A good idea is to pull everything out and take a hard look at what is in your bedroom. It is possible to re-vamp it all. Then you’re definitely saving money on fashion!
Start by laying them on the floor or bed. Put different tops/bottoms/shoes with them and swap them around. If you’ve no idea where to even begin, try doing this:
Consider the time of year (or just the weather in general) and decide if you need something warm or light. You may even need layers to add or take away if you’re going from outside to indoors, or the weather is changeable.
Think about the occasion. Is it work or play? Are you going to be out and about or are you attending an event? It could be formal, casual or dressy. What you would wear in the daytime might be slightly different to evening time, depending on the situation.
What mood are you in? That might sound strange but your mood will dictate how comfortable you feel in certain things. For example, if I’m feeling a bit bloated and sluggish then I’ll feel uncomfortable in anything too fitted. If I’m around people who have made the effort to dress up then I’ll want to do the same. Similarly, if I’m heading to a festival (not that I’ve done that for a while!) I’ll want to look the part. So not only are you dressing for how you feel now but also how you’ll feel when you’ve reached your location.
Now the Fun Part!
You can have a play with what you own and match things up with maybe something different. If you always wear jumpers with jeans, try dressing them up with a floaty skirt. Wear tights to change the look of the skirt or play around with footwear – shoes or boots? Or make it casual with Converse.
Looking at the latest fashion trends will help. See how other people wear their outfits and if you’re inspired then adapt that look. A simple trick is to tuck in jumpers, polo necks or floaty blouses to make them look classier and change your whole shape. I even do this with my daughter’s outfits.
Don’t forget accessories too to dress up or down an outfit. Beads or long pendants look pretty, belts will alter the shape and style (simply add a belt to a plain dress or tunic and see what it does) or scarfs can make you look smarter.
One Jumper – Two Different Looks
I took this powder pink jumper from Boohoo.com and changed it completely:
I added a cool skirt (love the zip up the back) and grey boots. Both from Newlook. I have no problem with budget buying clothes. As long as they don’t look cheap or frayed. When they are well looked after they are likely to last.
The ballet pumps are also H&M and are great for work or just doing the nursery school run.
Being March, the weather is still very chilly but it still feels pretty spring like (although there’s forecast of more snow on the way!) so warmth plus style is the theme here.
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