Ever heard of a capsule wardrobe? The term was coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique in the 1970s. A capsule wardrobe basically consists of choice pieces that are timeless, essential and season friendly.
Depending on an individual your cloth count can be more or less than 50 pieces. That might seem impossible but it really isn’t. The idea of building a capsule wardrobe is to help with time management (especially during morning runs) and less money spent on shopping for clothes (you get to use the already available clothes and accessories).
You don’t have to necessarily clear out your wardrobe, all you have to do is pack them up and leave your capsule pieces hanging in the wardrobe. It’s not like you don’t already have particular clothing items you wear all the time. Yes, we see you eyeing that snug pair of jeans even though you have five others you haven’t worn in months.
So how do you build a capsule wardrobe featuring different staples in your wardrobe?
When building a capsule wardrobe, look through your wardrobe and pick your favourite skinny jeans, dressy trousers, leggings, shorts, pencil skirt etc. It shouldn’t exceed eight pieces.
Same goes for tops. Choose tops of different shapes, colour, size and fabric for variety – crew necks, v-necks, tank tops, white tees, checked shirts etc. About 10 tops will do. Don’t leave your dresses out – body cons, little black dress, knee length gowns, ankle length gowns with several colours.
8 or more pieces won’t hurt!
Pick out a couple of jackets, blazers, sweaters (for cooler seasons) in neutral colours – deep grey, black, nude, white. Five jackets/blazers are just right.
Also pick shoes – pairs of ballet flats, low-heels, a high heels, sandals, slippers and accessories that are suitable for the season.
Don’t get carried away, this should be numbered (have a figure in mind) and interchangeable
The pieces you choose should have multi function with other pieces as well. You might want to build your capsule wardrobe seasonally – choose clothes that go well with the current season you are in; quarterly or monthly and stick to it!
Trust us, building a capsule wardrobe saves you from the worry of what to wear daily. Also check out how to build a capsule wardrobe on a budget!
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