Capsule wardrobes have become a growing trend, especially in the working world. I’m sure like many of you out there I want to keep my work attire separate from my casual clothes. I like to have outfits set aside for meeting clients, ones I like to wear at my office and clothing on the more casual side for dinner with the family, outings with friends and special events.
The idea of capsule wardrobes actually started around five years ago but only recently started taking off. The essence behind having a capsule wardrobe is having a small selection of clothes that you can mix and match to create a larger wardrobe choice. While some have taken this to the extreme, I really don’t think it is necessary. You can choose whether you want to have one or two sections of clothes compacted to a capsule wardrobe or your entire closet.
Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe
Those who have cut their wardrobes down find that deciding what to wear each morning becomes easier. Let’s say you choose to capsulate your business wardrobe. You’d have maybe four formal suits, six blouses, and three skirts. You can imagine that deciding which to wear would be incredibly easy. There will be fewer mornings wasted sitting in front of the closet wondering what to wear.
Starting on your Capsule Wardrobe
There really are no rules. You can go big or you can go small. You can choose one section or you can do two or you can do them all. If you’re going to try this on anyone section of your wardrobe I suggest the following formula. Five bases, 6 tops, 4 pants/trousers, 3 skirts, 2 dresses and 4 pairs of shoes. You can alter this to suit your needs, but this would be a great place to start.
Putting your wardrobe in a capsule
The first step is to reduce the number of items you have. Here are really cool ideas for clearing out your closet. Next, you’ll want to work on your base wardrobe. These are the clothing items you’ll use to build your daily wardrobe choices around. Try for neutral colours and items which match well with other colours. When deciding on these try finding pieces that are of great quality and will last for a long time.
Building on Your base
Then, you want to look for the pieces and accessories like handbags and jewellery that will make up the rest of your capsule. These are the additions to your base which will make up the various outfits you choose to wear. If you are looking to create a workwear capsule you need to think of things such as meetings, lunches, and office wear. Choose pieces that are relevant to your career. When choosing you need to consider how well they fit you, how well they fit into your environment and how easily they can be turned into an outfit.