Capsule Wardrobe – Focus on style not fashion

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How to build a capsule wardrobe.

As we grow older our dressing sense should become more about understanding and cementing our personal style rather than following fleeting fads. But how exactly can you go about deciding what direction to take your wardrobe in?

For us, adhering to the philosophy of the capsule wardrobe is a great place to start. The capsule wardrobe focuses on reducing your clothing into a small collection that can be easily mixed and matched. The key is to declutter your closet, strip it down to a few key staples that you absolutely love, and in doing so, be able to create an outfit suitable for any occasion.
These essential items are not trend-based, and can withstand the passage of time and changing fashion styles. For best results, the pieces in your capsule wardrobe must be appropriate for your lifestyle, and should transition from one occasion to another with ease.

Capsule wardrobes are usually created with around 37 pieces and are switched  to accommodate changes in taste and lifestyle or if you live in a cold climate, changes in the weather.

Credit: NBC News / Today Show

Credit: NBC News / Today Show

Whether you decide to stick to an actual number of items or not depends on you, but the goal is to approach your clothing with a minimalist mindset.

Not only does this help you trim the fat off your wardrobe, but it forces you to consciously purchase clothes that are versatile and work in tandem with the rest of your wardrobe. Impulsive shopping be gone!

A great way to apply this system to developing a capsule wardrobe around two or three activities that you perform often. Since many of us spend a great deal of time at the office or in a professional environment, creating a capsule wardrobe for work is important.

Here’s are some tips to getting it done.

The basic formula for a professional capsule wardrobe :
six shirts
five bottoms
two jackets
two dresses
two bags
six pairs of shoes
Each jacket must work with all the tops, dresses and bottoms.
Each top must work with all the bottoms




Choose your colour palette carefully. Begin your capsule wardrobe by picking your neutrals – navy, black, charcoal, brown, burgundy, grey etc. People don’t tend to notice neutrals but they notice colours, so you can wear neutral pieces again and again without people remembering. You’ll also want to pick out some accent colours that pair well with your neutrals. Avoid bold patterns and colours, especially if you are creating a very minimal wardrobe as you might feel self-conscious



Invest in a range of accessories that will help you maximise the wear of your capsule wardrobe. Shoes completely change a look, as do scarfs and  necklaces.

The rule of 3
Before buying any new items to add to your capsule, think of 3 things you could wear it with, or 3 different ways you could wear it. This way, you can make sure that you get the maximum value out of any new additions to your closet.
One of the best perks of adhering to a capsule wardrobe is that you might be able to purchase higher quality, long-lasting pieces that would otherwise be too expensive. Buying less allows you to spend more on quality, which means you get more wear out of each piece.

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