Hello everyone! Today, I am finally spilling the tea on creating a capsule wardrobe and what you need to know to create your perfect wardrobe! Creating a capsule wardrobe can be a daunting task. If you search capsule wardrobe on Pinterest, hundreds of thousands of pins come up, with a variety of styles, sizes, and colors come up. Which is overwhelming! 😫 Why isn’t there one blog post, pin, instagram account that tells you how to actually build a capsule wardrobe for your own wardrobe!? Well, look no further! Creating a capsule wardrobe for yourself should be a fun, exciting, and adventurous process! Today’s post is going to walk you through the steps of creating a capsule wardrobe that fits your style, vibe, and budget with ease. So let’s jump into it!
Call is eco-fashion if you like, I call it common sense.Livia Firth
Steps to creating a capsule wardrobe
Creating a capsule is both exciting and absolutely terrifying. Especially when you know you will wearing said curated capsule wardrobe for a month, season, or a year! One thing I can promise you though about your new wardrobe, you will find it easier to get dressed in the morning, while still having an endless amount of outfit possibilities!
For creating a capsule wardrobe, I have broken it down into a few easy steps.
- Determine your inspiration for your capsule
- Find a color palette that compliments your skin tone and features
- Figure out your top 3 most worn items in your wardrobe to invest in
- Build the rest of the capsule off of the basics with assorted statement pieces
- Understand how to care/launder your capsule wardrobe items
PHEW! Again, all of this may seem intimidating, but when it comes down to it, its truly simple! Think about it, do you have the same 10-20 items you wear and rewash every week? See, you already have a capsule wardrobe without even thinking! Taking this into consideration, starting your capsule will be easy! Following these steps will help you develop, curate, and compile a capsule wardrobe that will help you solidify your style and your personal brand!
Finding your Inspiration
When it comes to building a capsule, having inspiration is extremely helpful. Whether it’s a person, a place, an era, a color, really anything can be inspiration for creating your capsule wardrobe! For me, I find inspiration in people and in things. My current capsule I am curating is inspired by vintage silhouettes and English gardens. Think vintage gardens 😉
When it comes to pulling inspiration for creating your capsule wardrobe, starting with a Pinterest board can help! Pinning 7-10 inspiring photos can help build out the idea for the capsule. If you’re using inspiration from a person, searching that persons style can also help you nail down that inspiration for your wardrobe! Once you have this initial idea pinned, pin anything else that inspires you. It could be nature, a coffee shop, a color, maybe even its your own home! Adding these little pops of non style inspiration will really help make your capsule wardrobe unique to you. Once you have your Pinterest board pinned out, it’s time to move into my favorite section, choosing your color palette!
Pro Tip : Find boards that inspire you and follow them for even more wardrobe inspiration!
Choosing a color palette that fits you
The beauty of creating a capsule wardrobe is that you get to curate items that are perfect for you. One way I like to do this, but also curb my shopping habits, is create a color palette just for me. This is also known as your Seasonal Color Analysis. Now, there are a couple ways to do this. You can take an online test, like the Cladwell color test to help you determine your seasonal color analysis, and get a few suggested accessories and wardrobe essentials to compliment your new capsule! Or, you can just choose a color palette that speaks to you!
For me, my seasonal color analysis according to Cladwell is clear winter. Which means my tones are bright and bold reds, greens, blues, and purples. This ironically is the same color palette I chose for my Vintage Garden inspiration, but I did alter the purple for more of a beige to match what I generally wear. When you build off of a color palette, this makes a few things easier. It makes clearing out your wardrobe of old, outdated, worn, and items that don’t bring you joy easy. You’re able to use the inspiration and color palette as a guide to start the clean out process. It also helps you stop impulse buying, something that I have always had an issue with! If it doesn’t fit your style and color palette, you probably don’t need it. Thankfully nowadays, you are able to rent bigger pieces which will in the end save you wardrobe space, and promote a sustainable wardrobe style! Overall, having a color palette will help finalize your wardrobe and help you decide what to add and fill any holes you may have!
What if I don’t know where the heck to start?
Just like your inspiration, finding “your colors” can be overwhelming, especially if you are just a black/grey/white kinda gal like I was in college. Start by introducing one or two colors at a time. You can add them as accent pieces, bags, or accessories to gently ease into a more colorful wardrobe. Even finding a layering piece like a jacket, cardigan, or blazer that has some color will help ease into it as well. Shocking your system with a fully decked out color palette if that’s not what you are used to will only make you resent the idea of moving into a sustainable wardrobe!
How to find what to invest in
Take a look at your wardrobe and think, what are my top 3 pieces within my wardrobe that I can’t live without? Boom, those are easy investment pieces. The past 3 months I have been polling thousands of women to determine what are the top three pieces in your wardrobe. Not only to help determine what are the most popular items to add to your 75 piece wardrobe, which is a blog post coming soon, but to also help you understand what pieces you should invest in.
“How do I pick my three pieces?!”
This is the general situation I think of. I forgot I am meeting a friend for lunch, and I get a text, “on my way!” When I walk into my wardrobe, what are the first 3 pieces I grab to make an outfit that I am comfortable, yet presentable in. BOOM! Your 3 investment pieces. When you have determined your investment pieces, sometimes having multiple of them, like basic white tees for me and chic denim jeans, means that you get even longer life out of all of your pieces. Plus, when you invest in a high quality piece that you adore and wear continually, it will last longer and you’ll feel even more elevated within your wardrobe!
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Building off the basics
Starting with the basics generally makes adding the spunky pieces easier. So what are the basics you should have in your wardrobe? Well, according to the poll I held, the results were pretty straight forward. White and black tees, quality denim in a flattering cut, a flattering dress, basic accessories such as diamond studs, a handbag, and bracelet/watch, sneakers, and a denim jacket. With these basics, creating a capsule wardrobe is going to be easy!
Once you have your basics solidified, you can fill in fun pieces! These pieces can be taken from your inspiration section. Fun silhouettes, trendy cuts, or pops of patterns can be added in to fill in your remaining wardrobe pieces. When your capsule is broken down, I like to think of it as 60% basics and 40% trendy silhouettes. Filling in the holes with these items that have pizzazz really bring the whole capsule together! if you are bolder in your choices, doing a 40% basics and 60% trendy silhouettes really adds an extra flare to creating your capsule wardrobe. And if you’re new to the concept of flare, there is nothing wrong with a full blown capsule of basics! Here’s an easy break down
- Traditional breakdown – 60% Basics 40% Trendy Silhouettes
- Halfsies – 50% Basics 50% Trendy Silhouettes
- Easing into it – 70-80% Basics 30-20% Trendy Silhouettes
- All Basics – 90% Basics 10% Trendy Silhouettes
- All Trendy – 10% Basics 90% Trendy Silhouettes
With the all basics, you still want to have a few trendy pieces to add a bit of uniqueness, and the same goes for the all trendy capsule. Having basics allows you to pair, mix and match, and create a capsule wardrobe that can easily be worn again and again and again!
Finishing touches to your personalized capsule
Remember how above I said you can find inspiration in non style things like a coffee shop, color, or nature? Well here is where you take those elements and add that perfect touch of personality! I love vintage pieces. Things like hats, scarves, jewelry, and bags add the perfect touch for my vintage garden inspired capsule. Personalized touches add that extra touch of life to your looks that adds a bit of you to your wardrobe. This is something only you can decide though. There’s no rule book for personal touches. It could even be a parfum or cologne, a lipstick color, a classy set of earrings, you name it. There are no rules here!
There are a lot of thoughts around creating a capsule wardrobe, but one thing stands true. Do what feels right for you and your wardrobe. Sometimes hiring a stylist to help you sort through your wardrobe can help you finish off your wardrobe with ease!