How to build a Capsule Wardrobe
The capsule wardrobe concept is about having a smaller wardrobe of pieces - a streamlined edit of items that all work well together, have a timeless appeal and complement one another. Are you ready to save time choosing an outfit every day? The secret is in the colours and quality of the pieces – focus on neutral hues like black, white, grey, and beige and invest in high-quality materials.
If you would like to embrace a more considered approach to fashion, but feel that you need a little help on where to start, read on.
1. Define your personal style:
Before you start building your capsule wardrobe, take some time to consider your personal style.
Think about the types of outfits you feel most comfortable in and the colours, patterns, and textures you prefer. This will help guide you in selecting pieces that you will actually wear and enjoy.
*If you have not found your personal style yet, check out our How To: Finding your Personal Style Guide
2. Declutter your current wardrobe:
Curating a capsule wardrobe is about working out what you wear a lot, and want to keep, and identifying anything that is missing.
Take a look at your current wardrobe and identify the pieces you wear most often. These are the items that should form the foundation of your capsule wardrobe.
After decluttering, identify what’s missing in your wardrobe. If you’re unsure what stables should be in everyone’s closet, get inspired by Patricia's Capsule Wardrobe.
3. Choose high-quality basics:
Start by investing in high-quality basics that can be dressed up or down.
This includes items like a white t-shirt, a well-fitting pair of jeans, a tailored blazer, and a versatile dress. Look for pieces that are made from high-quality materials and are designed to last.
4. Stick to a colour scheme:
To make it easier to mix and match your pieces, try sticking to a cohesive colour scheme.
This could be neutrals like black, white and grey, or you could choose a few complementary colours that work well together.
5. Don't forget about accessories:
Accessories can make a big impact on your overall look, so don't forget to include them in your capsule wardrobe.
Invest in a few key piece statement pieces like a colourful handbag, a one-of-a kind Kimono, or a pair of statement earrings.
Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is about creating a collection of curated, easily interchangeable items to create a variety of different looks with a minimalistic wardrobe.
Remember that is totally unrealistic to think you would never purchase anything again.
Allow yourself to buy a new item every now and then – just be mindful about what you are purchasing and whether it fits into your current wardrobe.
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