Build a capsule wardrobe
When you’re stuck in a fashion rut, there’s only one way to get out of it – short of giving yourself a head-to-toe makeover that is – and that’s to go back to the start and build yourself a basic capsule wardrobe.
For many women, how to dress over 60 and beyond is the source of some head-scratching, so we’re here to get you off to a flying start in 2020. Here are the wardrobe essentials to stock up on, from quality accessories to the perfect party dress.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
“I revamped my (very aged) wardrobe. I now feel more comfortable about how I look and can put things together without too much thought as they all coordinate.”
A over 60s fashion capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential items of clothing – think jeans, skirts, jackets, trousers etc. – that won’t go out of fashion and that can be paired with a variety of statement or seasonal pieces. The idea was coined by British boutique owner Susie Faux in the 1980s to encourage women to fill their wardrobes with high-quality garments that could be worn time and time again.
Fancy creating your own? Here are just a few reasons why you should switch to a minimalist wardrobe:
- Saves time – avoid the dreaded ‘I have nothing to wear’ panic by opting for clothes you know suit you and look great together (hello snooze button).
- It’s pretty efficient – not only does it help us to be more picky when it comes to shopping for clothes (and hopefully save us a bit of money in the process), but it also helps us to make sure that we don’t just stick to current, fleeting trends.
- Less mess – a streamlined wardrobe of staple pieces cuts down on clutter.
- Makes packing so much easier – if you’re going on holiday, knowing the essentials you need to pack makes for one less stress.
- Helping you to be more sustainable – buying fewer pieces rather than opting for fast, throwaway fashion is better for the environment as it reduces waste. Just make sure you donate or recycle the clothes you are discarding.
How should you build a over 60s fashion capsule wardrobe?
Building a basic capsule wardrobe is actually quite simple and overhauling your current collection can be a liberating experience. When it comes to your wardrobe, there are a few hard and fast rules to follow. Here are just a few.
1. Start by clearing out your wardrobe
“I have a good clear-out about once a year and if I haven’t worn an item in a year I get rid of it.”
The point of a over 60s fashion capsule wardrobe is simplification – the sloughing off of excess and refinement of your style. To that end, it may be that you need to have a good clear out before you begin. Separate the stuff that you haven’t worn in yonks, especially the dressier items that you seldom have occasion to wear, and the good-quality clothes that you already own.
Take the first pile to the charity shop, or sell it on eBay, and have a real think about how likely you are to need the things in the second pile in the future. In order to effectively streamline your wardrobe, you may be better off keeping one or two of your favourite items and selling the rest.
2. Choose quality
“I buy the majority of my clothes from charity shops. That way I can have labels and better quality clothes than I could afford new.”
Cut and material is everything when it comes to smart-looking clothes, so choosing classic tailoring in quality materials will give you instant but lasting style, not to mention a high-quality collection of clothing. Always opt to spend a little more and buy a little less. Steer clear of cheap, throwaway clothes because that’s exactly what you’ll end up doing – throwing them away. They bulk up your wardrobe without really adding any value. Primark and the like may be easy on the wallet, but you’ll pay for it in the long run.
3. Overhaul your underwear
“Look at your underwear, get measured for a bra, wear one that holds you properly, and buy new pretty knickers and foundation undergarments if you stick out in places you do not want to.”
How long has it been since you gave your undie drawer an overhaul? Or got measured for a bra? It may be time to start again. Go back to basics and make sure you have black, white and flesh-coloured options that fit properly and sit comfortably. House of Fraser, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer all have in-store bra fitting services, so go and get yourself measured. Your bra size can fluctuate as you get older so it may be that you’ve been buying the wrong size for years.
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