5 Tips to Starting a Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe has many interpretations but simply put by the Cambridge dictionary it is:

๐˜ˆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ.

This means a capsule wardrobe is sustainable, timeless and universal as you would be able to utilise all or almost all of the pieces you have in it to cater to different seasons, occasions and needs. 

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Here are our top 5 tips on how to build your capsule, to help you cut down unnecessary consumption with a wardrobe that has less but offers many more styles. Read on!

Step 1: Identify the main activities in your life

โ— Are you working from home mostly these days?
โ—ย Do you attend meetings or events often?
โ— Are you a mom who needs to run after your kids?
โ—ย Do you exercise?

Step 2: Get inspiration based on your activities

Find inspiration from celebrities or influencers and identify styles that you gravitate towards. Isolate the pieces that will form the foundation of your capsule wardrobe, for example: bra tops, high neck tops, blazers or jeans. Add a few statement outfits to include in your collection that transform easily when matched with any of your basic pieces.

Always choose pieces that you like, which also complement your body, the way you like to move, and the activities that you do.

Step 3: Identify a suitable colour palette

neutral wardrobe

For capsule wardrobes, one colour palettes work well. Pick a spectrum of neutral tones in either brown, tan and beige, or black, grey, and charcoal to form the foundational pieces. Be sure to identify a colour palette that complements your skin tone and have similar colour schemes for the creative ease of mixing and matching the few capsule pieces.

Step 4: Get key basics

Select your basics according to your climate, lifestyle and what you wear on a daily basis. Each piece should match different textiles, silhouettes, and play to the versatility and comfort that capsule wardrobe should offer.

Spend on quality pieces because these are the items that will get the most wear through the capsule cycle. Quality pieces also ensure that you will always look well-put together, even if with very little effort.

Check out some typical basics in a capsule wardrobe that our stylist has curated below.

White collared shirt 

White T-shirt

Neutral tank top

A blazer

A cashmere sweater

A pair of jeans

Black pants

Little Black Dress

Step 5: Maintain your capsule wardrobe

Styles evolve over the years and so should your capsule wardrobe. Alway keep your capsule wardrobe battle-ready to meet your changing needs. Look into an update once a year and when it comes to major life changes such as moving to a new country or a career switch.

Our Girlsourced stylists are a chat away from helping you get the perfect capsule together. Book one now if you are serious about getting your capsule together!