Starting A Capsule Wardrobe Over 60

There are many reasons why you might have decided you want a capsule wardrobe over 60. You are about to retire, your children and grandchildren have grown up, you want to travel more, your body has changed, your budget has changed, or many other reasons. Whatever the reason, you want to keep it simple, easy to mix and match, fitting with your lifestyle and something you love. Read on, and I will show you how.

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials Over 60

The essentials for a capsule wardrobe over 60 will depend on your personal taste, the climate you live in, your budget and your lifestyle. Below I have put together some suggestions based on a seasonal environment, styles that suit most body shapes and colours that compliment most skin and hair tones. These suggestions would mix and match easily and be suitable for various occasions. Click on any image for where to buy. 

navy straight skirt
brown leather bag
white recycled veja trainers

Rediscover Your Style

There are two things I want you to do before embarking on building your capsule wardrobe. I want you to rediscover your style. Go to Pinterest and open up two Pinterest boards. If you have not used Pinterest before, go to Youtube for a quick and easy video on how to open an account and create two boards. Use one for colours you love and one for styles you love. Take your time with this part. It is about having fun. Do not limit yourself. On the colour board, pin any image where you like the colour of something. It could be a dress, a flower or even a car. At this stage, it does not matter. On the style board, pin any styles you like. It does not matter whether it is a print, a style, or an overall look.

Spend a few weeks going through this process. When you have finished, you will find repeat styles and colours. It would be best to use those for inspiration alongside your lifestyle needs to build your capsule wardrobe. From that selection, choose around eight colours and styles. I advise you to break the colours into two categories; canvas and paint colours. Canvas colours are the background to your wardrobe and tend to mix and match effortlessly with other shades. They might include beige, stone, white, ivory cream, french navy, black or charcoal. Paint colours are the brighter, sharper colours to highlight an outfit. Try to choose four canvas colours and three or four paint colours. If you choose a selection of colours, you will find it easier to mix and match your wardrobe. Consider a colour analysis and style guide to learn more about colours and how they suit you and styles for different body shapes. 

Tips For Decluttering

Before you embark on a capsule wardrobe, you need to declutter your existing collection. Decluttering does not mean getting rid of everything in one go or living with less than you need; it simplifies your wardrobe to make it easier and simpler to get dressed in the morning. Before you get started, you need to gather everything from the loft, drawers, wardrobe, car, shed, basement, or wherever you keep clothes. Do not leave anything behind. There are two ways to declutter effectively;

  1. Find an ample space and place all of your clothes there in categories, for example, jeans, trousers, coats, jumper etc. This option works best for smaller wardrobes or those with larger closets who have the time to go through all the clothes in one go. 
  2. Find space to lay your clothes out and start to declutter by category. You may decide to declutter jeans first. This option works best for those with limited time or with a large overwhelming wardrobe. 

As you go through each item, ask yourself the following questions;

  1. When was the last time you wore it?
  2. Does it feel comfortable mentally or physically or both?
  3. Does it fit with the colours you chose for your capsule?
  4. Does it fit? If not, put it aside unless you actively see changes towards that weight goal. 
  5. Does the fabric irritate you?
  6. Does it dig in?
  7. What for, or where will you wear it?
  8. Is it damaged? Either fix it or get it fixed; otherwise, remove it?
  9. Do you have duplicates? Work out how many you need by knowing how often you wear them and how often you do a wash cycle. To eliminate what you no longer need, choose the best quality, the newest, the most comfortable and the one that fits you best. 

In the end, note what you still need or what you want to replace and what you want to buy in its place.

Maintaining Your Capsule Wardrobe

Once you have built your capsule wardrobe, you do not want to build it again with impulse buys. Stick to the guidelines you set for yourself regarding colour, style and lifestyle needs. For further help, download my FREE Capsule Wardrobe Guide, which works alongside building a capsule wardrobe. You can download the guide and fill it out as you go along.

Alternatively, get in touch and book a FREE consultation with me where we can discuss how I can help you create the perfect wardrobe.

What Next?

If you enjoyed this post and wish to create a capsule wardrobe, I can help you create one quickly and easily. Get started immediately with one of my personal styling services

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  • Premium Personal Styling – A personalised colour analysis and body shape style guide, a live wardrobe edit, a personal shopping and a curated Lookbook
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  • A personalised Colour Analysis, a Body Shape Analysis And Style Guide, a Live Wardrobe Edit
  • A wardrobe Edit – A 20-minute zoom call to discuss your needs and to highlight any particular problems you want to address in the wardrobe edit. A private Pinterest board to pin styles and colours you love. A 60 minutes live video wardrobe edit
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  • The Capsule Closet Stylist Colour Analysis looks at the natural colouring in your hair, eyes and skin tone and shows how you can complement your natural colouring in your clothes. The Body Shape Style Guide teaches you how to make the most of your best assets, hide what you do not like, find clothes that complement your shape, and choose the perfect fit.


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