If you feel overwhelmed getting ready in the morning and want to streamline your closet, the capsule wardrobe is for you. The popular concept helps you get dressed quickly while having a neat and organized closet you can count on. You’ll have a wide variety of outfit choices that utilize only your most-favorite clothing items. Keep reading to learn how to create a capsule wardrobe that will excite you every time you open your closet.
A capsule wardrobe is a minimized set of designer clothing that can be easily mixed and matched to create fashionable looks. If this concept throws you into an instant panic, you’re not alone. You may be thinking, “But I love clothes and fashion, and a capsule wardrobe is devoid of any style!” We’re here to tell you that that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The capsule wardrobe (a mix of classic pieces and trendier items) is usually worn for about three months and then updated for the following season. Your capsule collection can be anything you want it to be. You can design if for the entire year or have one for each season. Go with whatever you’re most comfortable with.
Start with Pinterest, fashion forecasting sites, blogs and online magazines to get some ideas for items to include in your capsule wardrobe. This will help you narrow down what styles you like. Then, it’s time to create your capsule collection!.
Step 1: Select Your Base Color
The first step in creating your seasonal capsule wardrobe is deciding on a base color. This is the shade that your entire wardrobe will be built on. You’ll usually want to go with either navy or black as your base. Black is a popular choice as it practically goes with every color and makes dressing a breeze. If you want something a little more off the beaten path, navy goes with many colors as well. Neither shades speaking to you? Go with a brown.
Step 2: Choose Neutral-Color Coordinating Basics
Now it's time to select your solid-color tops and bottoms. These classic items never go out of style and make up a solid foundation for your trendier pieces. Look for basics in chambray, beige, white, black and gray - these should all be neutral-colored pieces. These shades work so perfectly in a capsule wardrobe because they coordinate extremely well with each other. But if you chose navy as your base color, stay away from pairing it with a black coodinating basic as these tend to look awkward when worn together.
When choosing your neutral-color coordinating pieces, you’ll want five or six tops, five bottoms and three to four dresses. Some examples of coordinating basics you should have in your capsule wardrobe include:
- A white button-up shirt
- A chambray button-up shirt
- A black long-sleeve tee
- A white T-shirt
- A beige cardigan
- A pair of black pants
- A pair of gray denim jeans
- A pair of blue denim jeans
- A gray pencil skirt
- A black skirt
- A chambray shirt dress
- A black cocktail dress
- A gray work dress
- A black jumpsuit
Step 3: Pick Your Seasonal Accent Colors
Now that you (literally) have your basics covered, we can have a little more fun! This is where your seasonal and trend pieces come into play. Add a few designer tops, pants, skirts and dresses in one or two of your favorite trending colors of the season. Just make sure your accent colors coordinate well with your base color. Be sure to check out pantone.com for color inspiration and trend reports when creating your new wardrobe each season. You’ll want to choose three to four tops that feature your chosen accent color and one to two bottoms or dresses.
Step 4: Add In Some Patterned Pieces & Layering Items
Next, you’ll want to select a few patterned pieces of clothing. These can be blouses, bottoms, dresses or skirts. Your most versatile patterns are typically your polka dots, stripes and florals. If opting for a floral, make sure that the colors in the print are reflected in your accent color item and your base color piece.
You’ll want to add three to four patterned items into your closet. Options include:
- A striped, long-sleeve tee
- A floral dress
- A polka-dot blouse
- A pair of pinstripe pants
Now, we’ll want to choose some items that can be used as layering garments. In order to bring a bit of texture and color into your capsule wardrobe, add a couple of blazers, jackets and/or coats. You should have classic, go-to pieces as well as one or two on-trend designer jackets. Some examples of layering items you should have in your capsule wardrobe include:
- A denim jacket
- A black blazer
- A camel trench
- A military jacket
Step 5: Add In Some Patterned Pieces & Layering Items
Now that the clothing portion of your capsule wardrobe is complete, you can focus on your designer shoes, bags and accessories.
When choosing your shoes, you’ll want a pair or two in your base color, a neutral nude pair of flats and/or heels, a pair of sneakers or flats, a pair of boots and some sandals. The amount and type of shoes you choose are dependent on your lifestyle. But with these basics, you’ll typically have the perfect shoe for any occasion.
In terms of accessories, you’ll want to base your selection on your personal style. Opt for one or two handbags (or more) in black or beige and a clutch with a pop of color or some bling. As for jewelry, pick a few necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings that offer you variety and show off your personality. And don’t forget about a few hats, belts and scarves to round out your capsule wardrobe.
And voilà, your seasonal capsule wardrobe is complete! Now you can enjoy getting dressed faster, having many outfits to wear, having an organized closet and loving your look each and every day.