8 steps to a smaller wardrobe
1. Move back to the start and find your own style.
You don't have to be a minimalist to have a minimalist wardrobe. The trick is to break your own dress code, regardless of previous purchases. Create an inspiration board on Pinterest. The more you pin, the faster you will see what you really like. But be honest with yourself and choose outfits that suit your life situation!
2. Define the basic colours.
In a capsule wardrobe, combination possibilities are alpha and omega. Therefore, choose 1-2 basic colors to build your wardrobe on - for example black, blue or brown. Other colors you choose must be able to be combined with these basic colours.
3. Define color group 2 - neutral complementary colours.
Choose 2-3 neutral colors that match the basic colors, for example white, beige or grey. Note - this is not a straitjacket. If you want to wear pink on a daily basis, you can of course choose it! The most important thing is that the shades match the other color groups.
4. Define color group 3 - accent colours.
Add your favorite colors! If you like patterns, they can also come in here. The accent colors show who you are and will go particularly well with accessories and statement garments.
5. Define your capsule needs and make an overview.
What do you need in a full capsule wardrobe? Take action systematically, for example using this form (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O8dMTa7pDGO9SK_XpnD8h5EPO-8GpJ2y/view). In the Nordic countries, separate wardrobes are required per season, but remember that many clothes, for example dresses, can be seasonless with a small wool jumper underneath.
6. Map what you have.
The time has come to clean out the closet. Presumably, you already own much of what you put up in the overview. Choose which garments will be allowed to stay and fill the "boxes" in your capsule wardrobe. Try to stick to the red thread and the choices you made at the start of the process.
7. Remove what does not fit.
Give away what you don't use or need in your new capsule wardrobe. If you think it will be too difficult, you can initially just pack it away for a new assessment later. You choose how strict you want to be, but we encourage you to be ambitious!
8. Fill in the holes.
The goal is not to run out and buy new clothes, but to acquire what you need as a long-term plan and investment. Look for quality pieces that will allow you to take full advantage of your new capsule wardrobe. Remember that second hand is best for the environment, so look for vintage finds where possible. And remember - only buy clothes you really love and will wear for many years to come.