The A-Z of starting a capsule wardrobe
First things first, what is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of about 20-30 timeless pieces of clothing that could be mixed and matched to
create a variety of outfits without having to own many items. The idea is to clear your wardrobe of all the items you never wear, to keep only the items you truly love and to train yourself to stop buying clothing that you don’t need, as you’ll end up not wearing them at all.
How can I build a capsule wardrobe?
Step 1 – Clear it all out!
For most people this is the hardest part, but if you can push through this obstacle, the rest will be a breeze! Create four piles: Love it; Sell/Donate it; Toss it; Maybe. Begin by sorting your items into piles. Anything that is tattered, stained or otherwise unusable, goes into the Toss pile. Anything that you don’t wear, don’t love or that doesn’t fit, goes into the Sell/Donate pile. Any item that you aren’t sure if you want to keep or get rid of goes into a ‘Not Sure
Yet’ box. Close the box and put it at the back of your closet or somewhere in storage, and if you don’t think to wear
any of those items in 60 days, assume you won’t miss them and sell or donate them immediately. If it’s something
you absolutely love, it gets to stay in the Love it pile and will become part of your capsule wardrobe.
Step 2 – Determine your style personality and colour palette
What would you like your style to convey? Are you a person with a feminine, classic or dramatic personality or would you prefer an athleisure style and natural elements? Put together a basic colour palette with one or two accent
Step 3 – It’s all about your lifestyle
The perfect capsule wardrobe should be suitable and functional for your unique lifestyle. A business woman would havemore blazers, coats, heels and handbags where a stay-at-home mom would wear more comfortable clothing, such as athleisure wear with sneakers and sunglasses.
Step 4 – Decide on the number of items in your curated capsule
When sorting the clothing we work with the most essential clothing items for all four seasons, we then curate around these items. If you decide on a capsule of 30 items, it might look like this:
Bottoms: Jeans (x2); Chinos (x1); Black trousers (x1); Charcoal trousers (x1);
Little black dress (x1); Day dress (x1); Skirts (x2).
Tops: Dressy tops (x3); Basic Ts (x3); Blouse (x1); Blazers (x2); Faux-leather jacket (x1); Sweaters (x2); Coat (x1).
Shoes: Dressy heels (x1); Heel booties (x1); Ankle boots (x1); Sneakers (x1); Wedge sandals (x1).
Accessories: Scarf (x2); Hat (x1).
Plus allow for 2 to 3 additional items per season – these could be your accent or textured items.
Step 5 – Mix and match
After you’ve curated your own unique capsule wardrobe, it’s always a good idea to mix and match the selected items
to achieve a variety of looks. I always encourage my clients to take photos of themselves wearing the differently
matched items so it’s easy to put these items together in the future. Don’t be afraid to try a different selection for
different looks, it teaches you to get the most out of your uniquely curated capsule.
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