The Essential Guide To A Capsule Wardrobe


With the economic climate looking increasingly fragile during the COVID19 pandemic, you may want to tighten your purse strings. Luxury items such as clothing may need to take a back seat for a while as you budget to ensure that you can pay the rent or have food in the cupboard. Unemployment rates are beginning to increase and jobs are looking increasingly uncertain. To combat this, you need to think outside the box for your wardrobe. Rather than opting for all sorts of wonderful pieces to hang up complete with tags never to be worn even once, think about honing a more nuanced capsule wardrobe instead. Take a look at the essential guide to a capsule wardrobe to give you the breadth of fashion you crave while saving you money.

Make Space

Before you embark on a capsule wardrobe, you need to clear some space in your drawers and wardrobe. Doing this will allow you to hone what you need from your new attire and feel more confident. Take batches of clothes out and place them onto your bed. If you haven’t worn something in twelve months, an item doesn’t fit you anymore, or some pieces are looking a little worse for wear, you need to get rid. Make three piles. Have a donation pile, a sell pile and a dump pile. Anything with new tags and packaging, you can sell for a premium online. This can fund your little capsule wardrobe nest egg to create your new look.

Essential Items Of Clothing

A capsule wardrobe should give you an abundance of choice when it comes to mixing and matching your pieces. With just about 35 or so items of clothing, you can create hundreds of different outfits and looks for formal and informal occasions. You need to consider three pairs of trousers, a couple of pairs of skinnies, some tees, a couple of sweaters, two skirts and a couple of dresses. When looking at your sweaters, go for classic mock neck styles that are ageless and will go with your skinny jeans or short denim skirt. Opt for black and blue skinnies to maximize your combination options and ensure that your tees inject a little color into your styling. If you love the rock chick look, add a leather jacket and pair it with your jeans, skirts or dresses. If you’re a more bohemian girl, go for flowing dresses with softer lines.


If you want to save even more money, consider heading to some thrift stores to pick up some achingly cool retro clothing that you can then upcycle. Whip out your sewing machine and consider adding some embellishments to that classic Nike tee that you’ve bought. If you have a shirt style dress, but you want to make it sleeveless, go for it. If you are more interested in creating a grungy sort of style, cut some holes in your jeans, make some patches for your skinnies and enjoy customizing your Converse sneakers. A capsule wardrobe is highly personalized and can help you to hone your style.

Don’t assume a capsule wardrobe will limit your outfit items - it will do the complete opposite. Follow this guide, save money and enjoy honing your new capsule wardrobe.

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Natural Vs. Commercial Skincare


Natural or commercial? This may be something you’ve not really considered before, as you simply grab the first bar of soap you see when doing your weekly shop at the supermarket. Or, you may have considered natural soap before, but when you realized that it was more expensive you decided to go for commercial soap instead. 

It is understandable that you may be a bit skeptical about spending more on natural soap if you are not fully aware of the benefits that are associated with going down this route. However, it will certainly be money well spent. Mass-produced soap bars contain the likes of synthetic fragrances, sodium tallowate, salts, artificial colors, butylated hydroxyl toluene (BHT), and other preservatives. Does this really sound like the sort of ingredients you want to be bathing in? 

They are cheap for a reason; they are hard and stripped of all their benefits. In fact, they have a very high level of alkalinity. If you use this form of soap, you will actually dry out your skin, as opposed to providing it with the nutrients and vitamins it needs. This can be very damaging to your skin, no matter whether you shave or you opted for laser hair removal to remove body hair forever. Instead, natural soap is made from ingredients such as botanicals, herbs, and essential oils. These luxurious ingredients do not contain any chemicals that are going to irritate the skin or cause damage. They are made with love and care, and they have a much higher glycerin content, which is vital for health and hydration. They will leave your skin smelling and looking gorgeous. 

Why Is Natural Soap Expensive?

Natural soap bars are priced at a more expensive rate than commercial and mass-produced bars of soap are. But, why is this the case? This is something that is certainly worth exploring further, as people want to know if their money is going to be well spent or whether they should simply go for the cheapest bar of soap they can find instead. 

The reason natural soap costs more money is quite simple; it is made using premium quality ingredients - ingredients that are costly to acquire. From shea butter to Jojoba oil, these luxurious ingredients are kind to the skin, providing you with all of the nutrients and vitamins you need as well as other benefits. The same cannot be said for commercially made bars of soap. 

In fact, manufacturers will often extract the beneficial ingredients, such as glycerin, to place it in other products, such as skin lotions and creams, as these items are able to make them a greater return. Thus, when you use mass-produced bars of soap, you are not giving your skin the nourishment it needs. There is also a lot more effort and time that goes into creating a natural bar of soap, especially if you choose handmade soap. Moreover, you know that there has been complete control over the ingredients that have been incorporated in the soap, and so there is a much higher level of quality control. As is the case with a lot of products, you pay for what you get. Do you really want to take a risk on a cheap and poor quality item considering you’re going to be putting it on your skin?

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