Capsule Wardrobe 101: The What, How, And Why Of Creating A Curated Closet

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A couple of looks at my posts & it's enough to know that I currently do NOT practice the capsule wardrobe method, but it's something that interests me & according to the IG polls, it interests y'all too. So today we're diving deep!

The idea of the capsule wardrobe first came into play by Susie Faux- the owner of a London boutique in the '70s, and became mainstream when Donna Karan released a capsule collection. From then on, it's been the subject of intrigue. Can you really make a complete wardrobe with no more than 40-ish items? (some swear by the 35 number, some 37. It's all what works for you, but it should absolutely be no more than 50) 

Although the least bit challenging, I've got good news: it's totally possible! 

In researching this post I've watched A LOT of videos- specifically The Anna Edit- and I'm actually kind of intrigued by this method the deeper I get into it. 

Capsule Wardrobe How-To

The goal with capsules is to maximize your clothing options by being able to put together multiple (& I mean multiple) outfits with the pieces you have. This means making sure the pieces you have are cohesive with the rest of your wardrobe. It DOESN'T mean you have to make sure every single thing goes together, but you should be able to create an abundance of options. 

For example: 

If I had 8 pairs of shoes, 8 bottoms, 12 tops, 4 dresses (lol could never happen in my wardrobe) and 4 outerwear (jacket/ coat, cardigan/ kimono/ vest) I would need to make sure that at least one of the outerwears can go with each dress and top, each top & bottom can be paired, etc. For this reason, a lot of people like to build on neutral colors when picking a color scheme, however if you're into color like me, you don't have to stick to just the neutrals. 

Are Accessories Included?
Take note that typical capsules do not include workout clothes, pajamas, accessories, etc. It's only for everyday clothes & shoes. If you want to build a little vacation capsule if you know you'll be going somewhere, you can certainly do that! 

What About When The Season Changes? 
You go through each capsule for three months- through whatever season- and then you're able to switch it out and put last season's capsule in storage, under your bed, etc. The goal is to only shop for new things during this time, when you're planning next season's capsule, and you can mix in the new things you buy with things you pull from storage, or you can even move some pieces from the last season over, if the weather permits. 

What Basics Will I Need?
It really depends on your personal style, but there are some key basics to build any wardrobe on, especially a capsule. I suggest:
+ at least one black dress
+ white tee
+ a pair of well-fitting jeans 
+ solid turtleneck
+ black pumps
+ pencil skirt

How Do I Know What Colors Pair Together? 
When in doubt, pinterest is your best friend! But there are some easy ways to pair color as well. For instance, picking a neutral top or bottom and then pairing it with a color is probably the easiest way, and you can also pair different shades of the same color. (blush & hot pink, baby & darker blue, etc) You can get away with more than you'd think when it comes to color!

These are only a few of the most asked questions and I hope you've gained a little bit more insight into what goes into a capsule wardrobe. I've also started a pinterest board in case ya need some more ideas.

Should I do a little capsule experiment? I'm kind of intrigued!


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