For many people, the term “capsule wardrobe” conjures visions of boring, drab clothes, completely devoid of any personality or style. However, having a capsule wardrobe can help you choose the perfect outfit every day, for any occasion, and it can be as full of personality as you want it to be.
What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing that isn’t trendy, but will stay in fashion for many seasons, over many years. Items like coats, dresses, skirts and slacks can all be part of a capsule wardrobe. These pieces can then be updated according to the season or occasion with on-trend pieces, like tops, accessories and shoes.
Building A Capsule Wardrobe
If you’re new to capsule wardrobes and don’t know where to start, follow these easy steps:
- Scour Pinterest, the internet and magazines for inspiration. Before building your capsule wardrobe, it’s important that you have a solid understanding of the types of clothes you love and need. Need a capsule wardrobe for work? Look at career wear on Pinterest for inspiration and pick out the pieces you think would work well over and over again. If you use Pinterest, you’ll discover that you will be pinning similar pictures of outfit inspiration, making it easier for you to narrow down the looks and styles that appeal to you.
- After you’ve gathered your inspiration, make a list of the items required for each outfit.This will include pieces like jeans, blazers, pencil skirts, blouses and more, depending on the purpose of your capsule wardrobe. Grouping items in seasons will make it easier for you when it comes to building the wardrobe.
- Sort through your clothes to find pieces you already own. Building a capsule wardrobe isn’t all about shopping (although that’s the fun part!). You’ll likely find that you already own a few of the pieces on your list. Set these items aside and be sure to check them off your list. Then, grab some extra pieces that aren’t on your list that you’ll be able to wear with your capsule articles.
- If you’re being ruthless with your capsule wardrobe, you can donate the rest of your clothes. However, if you’re only creating a capsule wardrobe for work, just set the rest of your clothes aside for casual days or vacations.
- Buy the items you don’t have. After you’ve completed the steps above, you’ll be left with a list of items you don’t have that you’ll want to include in your capsule wardrobe. Having this list will help you save money in the long run, as you’ll be shopping with specific pieces in mind, knowing that you’ll get years of use out of them.