How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe
I know you’ve heard of “capsule wardrobes” and perhaps you utilize this concept now. If not, then read my blog I wrote earlier this year that provides the basics. Here it is.
Now that you know what a capsule wardrobe is and how it can be of benefit to you, you can start creating one.
Start at the Beginning
The first decisions to make are the following:
How many capsules do you need based on your life activities?
How often do you want to change out the clothes in your wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is easiest if you create it for one area of your life. Think of what activities you spend the most time doing and create capsules for those activities. For instance, you may spend your time 50% at work, 40% casual, 5% workout, 5% dressy. I would recommend creating a work capsule and a casual capsule. I would create the work capsule first assuming that is where you would gain the most benefit.
Depending on where you live, you may need a capsule for each season. I live in the New England area and usually I change my wardrobe each season with major changes from summer to fall and from winter to spring. I make less clothing changes from spring to summer and fall to winter. Make sense?
If you live in San Diego where the temperature is fairly moderate year round, you may not need to have 4 capsules due to seasonal changes. However, you still may like to rotate your clothes every 2-3 months just for diversity. The key is to decide how often you want to change out your capsules.
I’ve decided I will eventually build a capsule for each of the following:
Currently, I plan to create a work & casual winter capsule focusing first on the work capsule because that is where I can get the biggest value.
The Capsule Formula
The basic formula for a capsule wardrobe that I recommend is:
2 x top layers (jackets/cardigans)
4 x bottoms (skirts/trousers)
6 x tops
Each jacket must work with all the tops and bottoms.
Each top must work with all the bottoms.
These 12 pieces will make 72 outfits!
For each extra top added, you get 12 additional outfit options.
For each extra jacket/cardigan, added you get 22 additional outfits
You can add a dress but it must work with both jackets/cardigans.
Everything must be able to be mixed and matched.
Then you can add your shoes and accessories.
The Capsule Color Palette
It’s best to choose a palette of colors for your wardrobe. This will ensure your items will go together. If you already have some clothes that will be part of your capsule, then base your color palette on them. Otherwise you can start from scratch to design a palette.
You’ll want to select 3-4 main or neutral colors, and 2-5 complementary or ‘accent’ colors. Again, look at the clothes that you have that will be part of the capsule. Here is an example:
Now that you’ve decided which seasonal capsule to create and the color palette, you can begin to use the capsule formula to add your clothing items.
If you’d like to know more about capsule wardrobes, you can visit my Pinterest board Create a Wardrobe that Works for You. Add your questions and comments below. Happy capsuling!
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