Tips on How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Before we dive into how to easily create a capsule wardrobe, I will start by defining what it is and what it means. The term capsule wardrobe was first introduced to the world by Susie Fox, a wardrobe consultant (the owner of Wardrobe boutique in London) in the 1970s, but didn't become mainstream until designers started using it in their collections. Although the term can sound fancy, a capsule wardrobe refers to a curated timeless collection of clothes that you can wear interchangeably. It focuses more on owning quality items as opposed to quantity, with the intention of styling and creating multiple outfits from those quality items.

There isn't a fixed rule, per se, on how many tops, dresses or skirts you should have, but ideally most people starting a capsule wardrobe usually work with 40 pieces or less! Although the aspect of narrowing down your wardrobe and only working with 40 pieces or less might seem daunting, it can let your creative juices flow and are also a whole lot of fun. It teaches us multiple ways we can wear the same item to the point that others won't be able to recognise that it's the same piece of clothing, which is kinda fun. That’s not even to mention the fact that it’s a great cost-effective way to revamp your wardrobe.

Curated capsule Wardrobe

A great example to ease your way into starting a capsule wardrobe is by thinking of the many ways you style your simple white shirt. Whether that be with a pair of jeans or with a pair of shorts in the summer topped off with some accessories, that's how simple it can be. Now imagine your whole wardrobe like that! The idea is to trick the mind into going with “I only have one white shirt”, and changing it to “how far can I take that white shirt in terms of dressing?”. This way you end up building a more sustainable fashionable wardrobe that you end up loving even more.

If you are not sure where to start your fashion adventure, here I break down what I consider a simple approach to building a capsule wardrobe. If that's not enough, you can also read a previous post we wrote on how to define your style to help you kickstart creating your capsule wardrobe. Read more here but remember you don't just have one specific style as this constantly changes depending on the occasion, mood, etc.

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1. If you have a massive wardrobe and don't know where to start, the best way is to simply clear out the things you don't need or don't work for you anymore. Even maybe go as far as creating different piles of clothing and what they mean to you. This helps you to clearly see and understand what you need, too.

2. Make it personal. A capsule wardrobe is as much as it's about curating a more functional and practical wardrobe. However, it’s also about making sure it reflects your style and sense of self, too. Prioritise your favourite pieces and go from there.

3. Make a list of what you need, but have fun doing it, so it's not so robotic. If some pieces of the pieces you want to add to your capsule wardrobe are more on the pricier side, then why not connect that item with a goal you are going after? Not only do you get to purchase the item you want, but also accomplish a specific goal for a memorable and rewarding experience.

4. Remember “Rome wasn't built in a day” and neither is a capsule wardrobe, so take your time. This way you are likely to build a longer-lasting wardrobe rather than just buying items for the sake of “I NEED TO CREATE A CAPSULE WARDROBE”. This is supposed to be stress-free, remember? If it isn’t, you’re doing it wrong! Also, this way you minimize the risk of buying items you don't need, too. It’s a win-win!

5. Take a photo and keep a log of your items. This way you can have a visual representation of what you already have in your wardrobe, what you need to add to finish your capsule wardrobe, and what looks good on you, too. This might sound like such a tedious task, but it helps in creating that fashionable minimalist wardrobe by knowing what you have and what you need.

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6. Understand your lifestyle. If your lifestyle is more based on outdoor activities, then your wardrobe should reflect this. Similarly, if you have a more corporate environment or have adapted to the new norm and work from home, definitely think along the lines of cosy loungewear. Just don’t wear your bathrobe all day or while on a zoom call! This is a definite no to me - live and create a fashionable life even in the comfort of your own home.

7. Be realistic. Buy what you can afford. Sometimes high street brands also carry quality items. It's more about understanding the type of fabric and the feeling it leaves on your skin, too. Also if heels are not for you, then just because some else added court shoes to their collection doesn't mean you should too! If you can't wear heels for whatever reason then just stick to fashionable and comfortable flats!

If you are interested in heels and don't know where to start, you can check out my post on how to wear heels all day, to give you a few tips, here. But just ensure that you're being realistic and the decision to purchase matches your lifestyle, okay? That’s what a capsule wardrobe is all about, after all.

“Keep an eye out for part two on items we think you will need to have within your capsule wardrobe”

Fashion can be overwhelming, but when you make the right choices in your capsule wardrobe, as best determined by you, it’ll help you achieve all of your style goals!

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