Are you familiar with this term Capsule Wardrobe? Maybe you’re considering if it’s worth building one or not but before you start creating your Capsule Wardrobe you should know a few important things. By the way, it has nothing to do with coffee capsules but I liked the idea of combining the two pictures to create the word Capsule Wardrobe. I know I’m crazy. Please just ignore my sense of humour.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
The term Capsule Wardrobe was coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London Boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Susie Faux, a Capsule Wardrobe is a collection of a few essential clothing items that will always be in fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be increased with seasonal pieces.
Advantages of a Capsule Wardrobe
If done correctly you will have a closet with wonderful pieces that will always go together. Every blouse will coordinate beautifully with each pair of pants or skirts in your wardrobe. Imagine how much time you will save in the morning. No more searching for the right piece instead just pick a top and a bottom and you are done. You’ll be dressed in no time and look amazing.
Disadvantages of a Capsule Wardrobe
Limited to the pieces you have in your wardrobe.
Not a lot of patterns and colours to choose from.
You will need to wear the same clothes for more than a season, especially your basics.
Who needs a Capsule Wardrobe?
I can highly recommend a Capsule Wardrobe to women who want to look stunning but don’t always follow the latest fashion trends. Bear in mind that planning and building a Capsule Wardrobe is time-consuming and also quite expensive. The purpose is to choose one colour for your basic pieces, for example, black, grey or blue and then add two other colours (could also be prints or stripes) that go well together. Please remember to pick colours according to your season. If you’re a Cool Winter please check out my blog post Cool Winter Colours.
But as with everything not every single one of us will benefit from a Capsule Wardrobe. It really depends on a lot of things. Because of that, ask yourself the following questions. Are you a fashion victim? Do you follow every trend? Are you buying clothes and accessories on a weekly basis? Do you get fed up really quickly with your clothes? Do you never keep them more than a season? If you answered with Yes then you probably won’t be very keen on having a Capsule Wardrobe.
Which items should I put in a Capsule Wardrobe?
Only items that fit you well, are in your colour palette and go perfectly together. No exceptions here, or you will end up with a Capsule Wardrobe that is useless. Don’t be tempted to buy items in nearly every colour that you find in your palette or you’ll have a hard time combining them. A yellow skirt is more difficult to match than a black one. If you’re an Hourglass you might want to take a look at these two blog posts: Hourglass Figure Definition and Hourglass Figure Best & Worst Looks.
How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe?
Let me, first of all, say that it isn’t a quick project because it takes a long time to figure out what are your best pieces to include in your Capsule Wardrobe. Don’t hurry and try to learn from your mistakes. Do you’ve garments in your closet that you never wear? Why don’t you like them? Perhaps you own an expensive blazer that you bought for a special occasion but didn’t enjoy wearing it because you prefer less formal items. Some people are more drawn to a casual wardrobe because of their lifestyles. I don’t see why they should buy elegant dresses just to hang them in their wardrobe. No, if you like a casual wardrobe buy instead comfy clothes and keep them for several years.
Capsule Wardrobe Essentials
Here again, it depends on where you live, the climate, your lifestyle, your preferences, your age and a lot of other things too. Do you wear pants or do you hate them? What about shorts and mini skirts? Would you wear a blazer? Do you like sweaters made of wool or you find them to be itchy and scratchy? Are you a sporty person and when at home you wear tracksuits? Are you always running around and wearing high heels is not an option?
It’s difficult to say what are the essentials because we’re all different. For example, I like pants and skirts but my mum never wears pants because she hates them. If you also don’t wear pants don’t include them in your wardrobe. I would never wear shorts or mini skirts and therefore you won’t find them in my closet.
How to Establish Your Essentials?
Take your time and make a list of garments that you wear very often and establish which are your essentials. Your list may be completely different from mine and that’s absolutely fine. Never let somebody else dictate what you should wear. The goal here is to create a Capsule Wardrobe filled with items that YOU adore and not with pants and jeans if you never wear them. There is no need to include garments if you know exactly you’ll never reach for them. No high heels if you struggle walking in them, or if after half an hour your feet are aching. There are plenty of other shoe styles out there to choose from.
Capsule Wardrobe List
Here is a list but keep in mind your preferences and needs. Since I never go to the gym I don’t need work-out clothes. Don’t include underwear, socks and pyjamas.
Tees, tanks, blouses and sweaters
Dresses and jumpsuits
Skirts, pants, leggings and shorts
Cardigans, blazers, jackets, moto jackets, trench-coats and coats
Stilettos, flats, sandals, sneakers and boots
Scarves, hats, gloves, belts, watches, handbags, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings
These are only a few examples. The list is by no means complete.
If you fancy the idea of building a Capsule Wardrobe but you’re not entirely sure, go through all the stuff that’s now in your closet or closets and see if you can find basic pieces in the same colour. Spend the next two or three weeks trying to combine these basic pieces (black pants and black skirts) with white and pink tops. Of course, pick the colours that suit your complexion and that you already have in your wardrobe. This is only a test to see if the whole idea of a Capsule Wardrobe is something that you like or maybe after 10 days you’re already bored. In this case, you’ll be more than happy that you haven’t spent any money in a system that isn’t working for you. If you do this test, please let me know.
Don’t feel bad if it doesn’t work for you because, as I wrote above, we’re all different. It’s very important to find the best solution for YOUR needs. Believe me, it’s a long process. Just keep in mind that there are other possibilities to always look perfect even without a Capsule Wardrobe.
Do you have a Capsule Wardrobe? Do you find it useful? Perhaps you tried it but it didn’t work for you. Please let me know and if you need help contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for reading this blog post and have a wonderful time.