Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Cladwell: Part I
Date: January 25, 2016 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia
By now, most people have at least heard of a capsule wardrobe. Well, maybe not most people, (i.e. my husband, who had no clue what I was talking about when I first mentioned it) but those who read fashion & lifestyle blogs likely have. A capsule wardrobe is essentially a mini wardrobe made up of only items that you truly love and enjoy wearing. I, for one, have been interested in the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe for some time now.
Although I'm a fashion blogger and appreciate good clothing, I am definitely a minimalist wannabe. Since my husband and I have moved into our new house and combined closets/belongings, I have been trying my hardest to pare down my closet to only the essentials. I'm pretty proud of how far I've come, but I know there is still room for improvement.
A few months ago, I came across Cladwell. Cladwell is a company that created a tool to assist you in building your very own capsule, based upon your lifestyle and many other personal preferences. After reading their mission, I was pretty much sold:
Our mission is to help you:
1. KNOW AND ACCEPT YOURSELF
2. SHOP INTENTIONALLY
3. CREATE AWESOME OUTFITS FROM YOUR CLOSET
4. BUY QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
I've been attempting to do each of these things for some time now, so I decided to take the plunge and sign-up! Cladwell's capsule building tool leads you through a four step process in order to figure out your personal style and what makes you, YOU.
STEP 1 - The Cleanout.
They start you out with a thorough closet cleanse. By following each step below, you should end up feeling a lot better about what you currently have in your closet. I've always believed that a happy closet is full of items you love, so this was definitely my favorite part of the process. I gave my sister first pick of everything before consigning what I could at Alexis Suitcase (which I highly recommend checking out) and taking the rest to Goodwill.
STEP 2 - Discovery.
Next, I picked out my preferred color palette. This was fairly easy for me as blogging for the past year has enabled me to learn a lot about the shades I like best.
STEP 3 - Lifestyle.
I was most impressed by the lifestyle step of Cladwell's capsule creation process. They take your busy lifestyle and have you break it down by activity and frequency:
My activities ended up being 5 days per week at the office, 2 nights out with friends/ my husband, exercising 3 times per week and errands/working around the house 4 times per week. Of course I could have added more, but I felt that those activities provided me with pretty much every type of clothing I needed to wear on a regular basis. I didn't include formal events like weddings, etc. After you've decided on all of your activities, you select clothes you would like to wear for them. I like how the descriptions of each article of clothing provide you with the most common fabric type and suggested activity:
STEP 4 - Capsule.
What you end up with is a detailed listing of everything you need to create the perfect capsule wardrobe. From there, you can either create a shopping list, or pick from your own closet (like I did) to ensure that you have everything you need.
Cladwell is a subscription service that you pay for per season. It is only $5 per month ($15 per season). Definitely worth it for a tool that will save you a LOT more in both time and money. I finished creating my cold weather capsule yesterday afternoon and I can't wait to share it with you all. Stay tuned for Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Cladwell: Part II, coming to the blog on Wednesday evening!