A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothes and accessories that are limited to a certain number of outfits. This means less time spent shopping, more money saved, and the ability to shop with intention rather than impulse! There are many benefits to having a well-curated capsule wardrobe: it can help you save money, buy better quality items, be environmentally friendly, and best of all–you’ll never have to spend hours agonizing over what outfits you want to wear each day. Here are some tips for creating your own perfect capsule wardrobe:
Why is a capsule wardrobe important?
A capsule wardrobe is important because it will save you money and time. You’ll be able to shop in a more compact manner, which means you’ll get exactly what you need without the temptation of purchasing things that aren’t in line with your wardrobe. It will also save you time because you won’t have to agonize over outfits throughout the day. You can choose from any number of outfits that are already thought out and ready to go, so there’s no decision-making necessary. And who doesn’t want more time in their life?
What are the benefits of having one?
There are many benefits of having a well-curated, limited wardrobe. You’ll save money because you don’t have to keep purchasing new clothes and accessories, and you’ll be able to spend that time doing more fulfilling things. You’ll also be able to buy better quality items because by restricting your clothing selection, you’re forced to purchase pieces that are made with higher quality materials. Shopping for clothes will also become much more ethical in nature as you’ll be able to purchase fewer items in turn. Creating a capsule wardrobe is beneficial for the environment because it ultimately means consuming fewer products overall.
Create an inventory list with all the pieces you already own
The first step when creating your own perfect capsule wardrobe is to create an inventory list of all the pieces you already own. Be honest with yourself about what you really have and really like, as it will help when shopping for new items. Make a list of everything that you currently wear before you get rid of anything, and then keep track of what’s in your closet so that you know what to buy for your next capsule wardrobe update. When I first started creating my capsule wardrobe, I was amazed at how many items of clothing and accessories were just sitting in storage getting dusty; and I only started tracking my inventory after I started purging my wardrobe. So be honest with yourself, and know what you have before you start buying new things.
Assess your personal style and what you want to wear
When it comes to fashion, deciding what you want to wear can be the hardest part. You have a million different options that all seem equally appealing and as soon as you finally settle on an outfit, your mood changes and now there’s nothing that feels quite right. But the best way to find out what clothes really speak to you is by assessing your personal style. There are many ways of doing this but one of the easiest is by considering what makes you happy when dressing up for days out in public- how do people react, but more importantly how do you react? What colors make you feel energized or relaxed? What styles make you feel most confident? And then finding pieces that will help evoke those feelings every time. The key here is not about wearing things that everyone else wears; it’s about wearing things that make you happy.
Decide on the number of items for your wardrobe (15, 30, 50)
The first thing you’ll need to do when creating a capsule wardrobe is deciding how many items count as part of your collection. So what’s the best number? While it depends on your personal style and needs, most people find that somewhere between 15 to 30 pieces make for an effective capsule wardrobe. The reason why this number works so well is that it allows you to create multiple outfits with different combinations without running out of clothes quickly. If you like variety in your clothing, then 30 will work better for you- but if you’re more of a minimalist who likes only a few high-quality pieces in their closet, 15 can work just fine.
I personally prefer to create a larger capsule wardrobe with 30 pieces. I am a minimalist when it comes to fashion, but I still find that 30 items is the perfect balance for me because there are so many different combinations that can be made between the items in my collection.
How to choose colors that work well together in a capsule wardrobe
When it comes to color, classic black and white pieces are the best way for your capsule wardrobe to look put together. But if you want more variety and vibrancy in your pieces, then it’s perfectly acceptable to include some bright-colored clothing, as long as you know how to layer and mix them well. If your goal is to create a capsule wardrobe that works for an office job or one where color coordination is needed, then stick with the basics: navy blue, grey, black, and white are all colors that can be matched easily with almost any other color. But if you just want a fun, colorful wardrobe with little thought to color coordination, then choose whatever colors you feel like wearing and coordinate with them accordingly.
Make a list of what you need
When it comes to creating your own perfect capsule wardrobe, the first thing you’ll need is an idea of what clothes and accessories will be included in it. This is easier than it sounds, and the best way to develop this list is to think back on what’s worked for you in the past and what hasn’t- then find a way to combine those elements into an effective wardrobe that works for you now and will work even better as your style changes over time. So write down the clothes and accessories you know will work for you, then edit the list as needed to reflect your current style preferences.
Keep it simple – choose classic items rather than trendy styles
The best way to curate your own perfect capsule wardrobe is by making classic, simple choices rather than trendy and complicated ones. By choosing classic pieces that will never go out of style, you’ll find that your favorite outfits will stay in rotation for a lot longer without getting boring. This also means you’ll be able to mix and match each different piece with the rest of your wardrobe with ease. I mentioned how one of the ways you can do this is by paying attention to what works for you for your whole wardrobe and then picking pieces that are a variation of those items. It is about keeping a specific style throughout. The value of simplicity in outfits does not just pertain to color, but also patterns and style as well. If there is too much going on with an outfit it will end up being too busy and difficult to coordinate or create looks with.
A white shirt slung over a chambray button-down blouse, for example, is an easy way to mix two colors with different textures- then add one more piece of clothing, such as jeans or a pencil skirt, and you’ll have enough clothes for three or four trendy new outfit combinations. The key is identifying these types of pieces and making them part of your wardrobe- so find classic colors and patterns that work for you, mix them with a handful of other classic pieces, then watch as your capsule wardrobe comes together.
Create outfits by layering pieces with similar colors and patterns so they can be mixed-and-matched easily
Creating outfits by layering pieces is one of the best ways to curate your own perfect capsule wardrobe. Layering pieces is a great way to mix and match different colors and textures without having to purchase an entirely new outfit. It also allows you more freedom in your style, as it’s easier than ever before to find classic clothes that work for any occasion or event. And if you’re not sure what you want but need something, all you have to do is layer what you already own with some other basic items!
Here are some tips for making the most out of this strategy:
1. Start with a base item (e.g., jeans). You can then layer this piece with another article of clothing, such as a shirt or blouse. If you’re wearing jeans, try matching them with either a tank top and/or a layered t-shirt.
2. Add on another layer (e.g., shirt). You can also add an item of clothing that is made from the same fabric/material as your base garment. If you’re wearing a shirt, try adding on another shirt that is made from the same fabric or material. You can also match it with a blouse.
3. Add accessories for visual interest (e.g., jewelry). This will help bring out the colors of any other clothing items in your outfit, as well as draw attention to your face and hair.
The best way to maintain your new style
When you start a new capsule wardrobe, it can be easy to get confused about how to maintain your style. You may find yourself wondering what the best way is for updating your look over time without having to buy an entirely new wardrobe. Luckily, you don’t have to start from scratch each time your style preferences change or a new trend comes along. Instead, you can easily update your wardrobe by constantly adding new items to your existing collection! Even if you only add one new item to your wardrobe each week, you’ll be able to expand it over time. Additionally, this allows for more variety in your look as well as the opportunity to change up your accessories and hairstyle on a regular basis without needing to buy an entirely new outfit every time. Some great ways to update your wardrobe include adding new accessories, layering new pieces (similar to the previous tip), choosing new colors and patterns, or replacing items as they get worn out.
Bonus: Tips for shopping when you’re not sure what you want to purchase
Shopping can be challenging, especially when you’re not sure what you want to purchase. It’s tempting to buy something just because it’s on sale or looks good in the store! But before you make any impulse purchases, prepare yourself for shopping by creating a list of questions to ask yourself before making any purchase.
Some things you may want to consider are how much you will wear an item and whether or not it is consistent with your style. Will it fit with the rest of the clothes already in your wardrobe, or will you have to shop for something else to match it? If you only wear a certain article of clothing once in a while, can you avoid purchasing an entirely new outfit just because there’s one piece of clothing within that outfit that you really like? Can you instead find another article of clothing to wear with it, or make do without? These are all questions you can ask yourself before buying anything from a store.
If your answer is no to any one of these questions, then it may not be worth buying. Remember, shopping should only involve things that are necessary and that you will actually use!
A capsule wardrobe is simply a collection of clothes and accessories that are limited to a certain number of outfits. Not only does this help you save time shopping, but it also helps you shop with intention rather than impulse! The tips for curating your own perfect capsule wardrobe should be able to equip you with everything you need to create a stylish look without any wasted purchases or time spent hunting down the perfect outfit.
If all else fails and your style preferences change often, don’t worry! You can easily update your wardrobe by constantly adding new items over time. And remember, a capsule wardrobe is personal to you, so don’t be afraid to get creative with the items in your collection! Maybe you prefer sweaters over button-ups, or maybe floral prints are more your style. These are the types of things that make your wardrobe unique and help you stand out from the crowd.
So go ahead and curate your own perfect capsule wardrobe to express your unique personality!