Building a wardrobe capsule is a fabulous way to maximize your wardrobe, expand your creativity, and save significant time and money.
With just 10-12 pieces of clothing, you can easily create 3-4 weeks of stylish combinations to wear to work, networking, meeting with a client, or for an upcoming business trip.
You can use this process to really pair down your wardrobe and go the minimalist route owning just 10, 20, or even 30 pieces of clothing TOTAL. Admittedly, I have more than 30 pieces of clothing, but I'm able to successfully wear everything. I also don't shop unless necessary or it's time to replace a few classic pieces.In order for me to successfully wear everything I have in my closet, I’ve created mini-capsules.
I create these "mini-capsules" by taking 10-20 pieces in my closet and creating a capsule collection. I have home office collections, networking collections, travel collections, seasonable collections, business casual collections, etc. You can create whatever makes sense for you and your lifestyle.
This allows me to rotate through everything in my closet, takes the stress out of that “what am I going to wear today” syndrome, and by refreshing and creating new and fun pairings each year, it extends the wearability of my wardrobe my decades!
If you want to get more wear out of your clothes and make getting dressed in the morning actually exciting and fun (instead of stressful and depressing), follow these five (5) steps to build your own branded wardrobe capsules.
3. Choose a Fun Print or Pattern to Build Upon – You’ve got to incorporate a fun and exciting pattern or print into the mix. This could be animal print, florals, stripes, paisleys, or an ethnic print. In the picture above I built this capsule around that beautiful ethnic print midi-skirt. From the skirt, I was able to determine the theme (classic chic) and color scheme because I pulled the corresponding colors from the skirt. Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match your prints and patterns. The rule of thumb is to ensure the colors can be found in both garments. Don't like prints.....skip this step and build a beautiful monochromatic wardrobe or add interest with your accessories.
Don't be afraid to have fun with this.
Creating a capsule wardrobe is like putting a puzzle together. It takes a little work to see which pieces go together, but when you’re done you get to enjoy the masterpiece you’ve created.
Once you’re done with one capsule launder, repair or replace any pieces that are outdated, off brand, not working for you anymore or just plain wore out. You can find a local consignment shop or donate them if they're in good order.
Before you build a capsule wardrobe you need to do an assessment of your closet to make sure what you have in there is on brand! Contact me and let's discuss this option for you.
You can also watch my segment on AMNW where I talked about capsule wardrobes.
Also, download this Wardrobe Planner Guide to help you make the right decisions for you.