As I’m heading into my fifth year of following the capsule wardrobe concept, I’ve become quite picky with what I buy and it’s not often, that I’ll let any old thing make its way into my cart. In fact, there are a few questions that run through my head every time I’m looking to purchase something and it’s the answer to these questions that always determines whether or not it is shipped to my front door or if it stays put –

DOES IT SUIT MY STYLE?
Knowing my defined style and staying true to this style is the key to being able to live with a small, edited wardrobe. In my Fashion Guide, I teach you how to define your personal style but the one reason this matters at all is that chopping & changing your style completely, whether it be each season or every few years, is the quickest way to loose the versatility of your wardrobe. Before I add something to my cart, I’ll always double check that it reflects my own defined style and that it’s not just something I’m getting caught up in because I love the look of it on somebody else.

DOES IT SUIT MY LIFESTYLE?
I spend most of my days running from a to b with two kids in tow, one usually glued to my hip. This usually means that I’ll fall victim to the occasional spill or food stain which is why you’ll rarely see me add a luxurious white, silk shirt to my cart. If it doesn’t fit effortlessly into my lifestyle and what I spend most of my days doing, then it’s not worth the investment.

CAN I DRESS IT UP AND DRESS IT DOWN?
For me to see value in something, I need to know that I can dress it up for night and dress it down for more casual events. All it should take, is a simple switch of accessories or perhaps just wearing it slightly different but this is a question that I’ve always asked and some of my oldest pieces that I continue to wear and love today are still favourites because of this question.

DOES IT FILL A GAP IN MY WARDROBE?
One of the very small cons of understanding your defined style is knowing what suits you and your body shape and sometimes this can result in owning too many of the same style. I find it useful to be honest with myself here and work out if an item is actually filling a gap in my wardrobe because I need it or is this an already over-represented area and I just continue to buy the same style because I love how it looks on me. No one needs 6 black, v-neck t-shirts.

CAN I THINK OF 3-5 WAYS TO WEAR IT?
This is a personal favourite of mine which does take a few minutes to visualise but this is where you’re going to get more bang for your buck. Often, I’ll mentally create a few different outfits just to ensure that an item is versatile and that I’ll get a stack of wear out of it.

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