This post is part-2 of Building a Capsule Wardrobe for Hijabi Moms. You can read it here to get you started on your capsule wardrobe so you can get ready and look beautiful and modest in 10 minutes.
It takes time and patience to build an effective capsule wardrobe. But, the first step to creating one is to know your body shape so you can pick the right clothes that compliment you. This invaluable piece of information allows you to shop wisely- saving time, money and the frustration of getting yet another piece that doesn’t work for you. Body shape is the why a color/pattern/fit looks great on someone but doesn’t flatter another.
But, wait, how does knowing the body shape is helpful for a hijabi mama? It’s helpful because body shape is not about making yourself looking provocative. Body shape is not about your shape or size either. There is no perfect body shape that can pull off every kind of clothes. There is something for every body, alhamdulillah. So, knowing your basic body shape means you’ll be able to pick out clothes that looks great on you. The clothes should fit you, not the other way around. Let me give you a practical example of why body shape knowledge is helpful. For example, if you have Pear shape body, you want to layer on the top of your body so your bottom part appears to be narrower. You want to avoid carrying a purse or a cross-body bag that sits on your hips..
The Inverted Triangle
The Lean Column
The Neat Hour Glass
The Full Hour Glass
Organize your capsule wardrobe-
A capsule wardrobe usually has the more or less of the following pieces-
- Long tops/shirts
- Long sweaters
- Sweater dresses
- Party clothes
- Ethnic clothes
- Hijab pins
- Espadrilles/ wedges
- Workout shoes
Decide what works for you-
You want to have more of the same piece that work for your lifestyle. For example, if you’re a nursing mom, you want to have more front open tops to suit your need. If you’re a mom of small kids who must run around a lot, you want to find unfussy clothes that doesn’t take long to wear- a long sleeve dress and pants may be. You also want clothes that go in out of washer/dryer in no time.
Know your style-
Knowing your style minimizes and eventually eliminates wardrobe struggles. It dissipates mental debates when you’re getting ready to go out. For example, after much trial and error I realized that I’m not a big fan of itchy fabrics- no matter how pretty they are. I also don’t like to wear extra sleeves with my tops/dresses as bunched up sleeves are so not chic. So, now I steer clear from itchy fabric and dresses/tops that are not full sleeve. I also don’t care for big, bold prints, neon colors and skinny or baggy anything. I also realized I like long sleeve dresses and sweater dresses. So, find out your style, know what worked for you in the past and what didn’t to build your unique capsule wardrobe.
Buy more of what worked for you-
If an item works great for you, consider stocking up on it. I do it all the time. If a t-shirt works well for me, I’d get 2 of them, sometimes even in the same color. It saves so much time from not having to try out many pieces from multiple stores. I also stick to a brand if they have great quality items. Like I’d buy my t-shirts from Lands’ End or Eddie Bauer, outerwear from Lands’ End etc.
If you’re new to capsule wardrobe and don’t want to spend a lot of money on getting new pieces, you can work with the pieces you already own. After all the purging and sorting, now you have a few items that has worked for you time and time again. Organize these pieces in your closet. Mix and match these items so you can wear them for at least 1 set of seasons- Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter.
At the end of each set of seasons, take stock of what had worked for you. You can keep a bag or a small box in your closet for the items that didn’t work for you. You can donate/sell these later. Also, take note of your clothing habit- which items did you repeatedly reach out for? Which items need to be added or replaced? Do you need another black cardigan or the one you already have will survive one more season or two?
What’s in my capsule wardrobe-
My capsule wardrobe for this Fall/Winter includes the following pieces-
5 pair of pants- 2 dark denim pants, 2 pair of jeans and a dress pant
3 sweater dresses- Purple, grey and blue
3 long sweaters- Black, red and a black/white print sweater
3 dresses- 2 long sleeve dresses and a ¾ sleeve dress that I wear with a cardigan
5 cardigans- 3 black cardigan of different lengths and materials
2 flats and a pair of sneakers
5 hijabs in neutrals, purples and 1 maroon hijab
My capsule wardrobe helps me to get ready in 10 minutes- from hijab to shoes, alhamdulillah. All the pieces are deliberate choices so no more decision fatigue or wondering is this top too short/sheer/fitted on me. All the questionable/doubtful items have been purged and gone are the un-flattering items. I look and feel great as a hijabi mom every time I step out alhamdulillah.