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Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Cladwell: Part I

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:





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!

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Cladwell: Part II

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Cladwell: Part II

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