Being a mom isn’t easy, but getting dressed every day should be. A schedule filled with after-school activities, doctors’ appointments and a full day of work – whether inside or outside of the home – can leave you feeling fatigued, with little energy for taking care of the one who takes care of everyone else.
However, a simple, capsule wardrobe can ensure that even the busiest of moms has time to pull together a look that is both classy and trendy. It’s true that parenthood requires a certain amount of flexibility, alongside a heavy dose of durability. Why not, then, have a wardrobe that can do just that?
Create a Simple Capsule Wardrobe in 5 Easy Steps
Here are five tips for creating a simple capsule wardrobe. Affiliate links have been included. I will receive a commission if you shop through these links.
Go Through Your Closet
The first step to making a simple, timeless wardrobe is to evaluate what’s already in your closet. Unless you’re a regular advocate for cleaning out the closet, it’s easy to assume you’ve probably accumulated quite a few articles of clothing. Chances are, you haven’t worn three-quarters of them in the last year.
Now’s the perfect time to pull out what doesn’t fit, what is no longer trendy and what you just plain won’t wear again. The leftovers should be the pieces that you just can’t bear to part with, pieces that make you genuinely happy when you put them on. They become the foundation for your new wardrobe.
Write Down What’s Needed
After going through the items in your closet, you may find that there are some essentials that need to be replaced. Make a list of any and all items that you think you’ll need. This will ensure that when you cross the threshold of your favorite boutique, you’ll be ready to focus on obtaining just those pieces and nothing – or almost nothing – more.
Invest in Essential Pieces
There are some items of clothing that should be in every mom’s closet. These are the articles of clothing that don’t go out of style: a white shirt, pencil skirt, and a little black dress, to name a few. Focus your time and money on locating these key articles, as they really can help create the flexibility that you need in your busy schedule.
Try to find fabrics and construction that are going to be durable over time with multiple wears and washes.
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Stay True to the Less-Is-More Mantra
It’s easy to get swept up in-store sales and coupons, and while those are great, they tend to make you spend more on something you normally would not have purchased. Rather than trying to just accumulate more and more – a difficult thing to go against in our culture – stick to your list first.
If, after purchasing those investment pieces, you see something you can’t live without, add it to the closet. A suggestion for determining what you can’t live without. Walk away from the item for a few days. If you still can’t take your mind off it, go get it. If you forget, well, you’ve just saved yourself some money.
Learn How to Mix up Your Wardrobe
Having the clothes is all good and well, but knowing how to wear them to get the most bang for your buck can make the difference between a good wardrobe and a great one.
Spend some time getting acquainted with your closet, trying on outfits and swapping out pieces to change up the look a little. You may even want to consider taking pictures of each outfit so that when the rush of the morning comes, you know exactly what to put on.
If you want to learn more about simplifying your wardrobe, check out the series 31 Days to a No Brainer Wardrobe (if you have issues with moving to the next post, search “No Brainer Wardrobe” on the site for the series) or her amazing workshop The No Brainer Wardrobe from Hayley at The Tiny Twig. It’s life-changing. At least wardrobe changing.
Taking care of everyone else is one of the joys – and hardships – of being a mom. However, taking care of yourself is what allows you to do well caring for others, so take the time to invest in you. Build your wardrobe as resources allow, and focus on creating a look that is comfortable for you and helps you feel put together.