CAPSULE WARDROBE: the basics

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Not so long ago I had a conversation about style with my sister and she told me about the capsule wardrobe. To be honest I had never heard about it before so I took her advice to read some information about it and after l decided to do my own research cause l was really interested a lot.




If you didn't hear about it before, there is a quick introduction - the concept of a capsule wardrobe was popularised by American designer Donna Karan in 1985, when she released her "7 Easy Pieces" collection, the aim was to fill what she called as "a void in the marketplace" for a stylish and practical wardrobe, designed with working women in mind. As more l read about it, more l liked the basic idea - to have less stuff and still be able to dress stylish. Moreover, once you make your own capsule wardrobe, it's much easier and faster to dress up ( yeah, this is really important if you are working mom). I loved the idea so much that l decided l should give a try and make my for at least 3 months to try how it will work for me. Soo.... These are the basic rules l found and l am going to follow for creating my own capsule wardrobe:


First at all you should...


FIGURE OUT YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE

Yeah, not an easy part (at least for me).... So first, let's think about favourite pieces of clothing in your closet. What do you wear the most and which are your laundry basket regulars? Think about what clothes and details make you feel the most beautiful and the most you. Classics? Something more edgy or minimal? You can do some research of famous ladies who's style you like the most, save that pics and try to find out what relates them? For example I find out that my favourite style icons are Audrey Hepburn, Debbie Harry and Jane Birkin (yes, i know- they have VERY different styles, but l love them all and mixing it) While checking your favourites and thinking about it try to consider that for the same amount of money you could have spent more per item on fewer things you truly love and wear rather than a closet full of things you don’t love…or wear. It’ll be a lot easier to build a capsule wardrobe you love once you already have a vision for it. Believe me. Look at these pics- maybe it will help? Are you more romantic/edgy/classy?

The very next step...

Is to choose your colour scheme! This would typically involve choosing few base colours that will fit with everything. For example I choose black, white and grey. You should keep in mind that your basic items (such as trousers, handbags or coats) should be in shades of these colours, so that they can be mixed with anything else in your wardrobe. After choosing the base colours it's time to decide about one or two accent colours, which are brighter than the base colours, and co-ordinate with each other. As l am pale blond, my choice is peach and pale baby blue. These would typically be used for items such as tops, dresses, or accessories. Once a colour scheme will be established, all the items in a wardrobe should be interchangeable, as the colour of the pieces always complement each other.


By the way, keep this as an important note-

While creating your own capsule wardrobe consider your body shape cause it's really important! Some cuts of clothing fits you more than others- if the items are flattering, the wearer is more likely to want to keep them in their wardrobe. So be aware of this when you choosing clothes.




And the last, but not least-

All articles and lessons l found encourages to choose classic shapes and patterns. Why? While some cuts and patterns of clothing go in and out of fashion, others are considered 'classic' because they do not date. So this is obviously wise to choose classic pieces for a capsule wardrobe, cause it means you will keep and wear them for a number of years, not just for one or two seasons. Moreover, l encourage you to choose high-quality fabrics. This is a very important note cause the whole idea of a capsule wardrobe is to own a few items of clothing that can be worn different ways and it means individual pieces get lots of wear. Therefore, it's a good idea to choose clothing that is well made and continues to look good despite wear instead of cheap material you will need to replace after half a year.


So this is it- the basic knowledge of capsule wardrobe. Hope it will be useful for you cause for me it was a real life saver! :)





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