Maybe you want to simplify your closet. Maybe you want to make it easier to get ready in the morning. Maybe you don't have a huge budget for clothing and want to make the pieces you do purchase count. These are just a few of the reasons women are opting for a capsule wardrobe over the walk-in closet packed to the brim.
HISTORY OF THE CAPSULE WARDROBEThe term "capsule wardrobe" was coined in the 70's by London boutique owner, Susie Faux and was made popular in America by clothing designer Donna Karan when she released her own capsule collection in 1985. So the idea of a capsule wardrobe has been around for quite a long time but has only recently become a household term.
A capsule wardrobe is based on the idea of putting together a collection of classic pieces that are forever in style. These are the basic building blocks for the real woman's closet. From there, you can add some trendier pieces to make your wardrobe adaptable to the current season and fashion.
CURATING YOUR CAPSULE WARDROBE
There are some key points to remember when curating your own capsule wardrobe.
- Fit is important. Choose pieces that flatter your body type well, right now. Don't hang on to clothing that is a size too big or too small "in case" you need it.
- Quality is imperative. Pick quality pieces that will last for a long time with regular wear. Check the construction of each item to ensure the seams, buttons and pockets are sewn well and the fabric is of good quality so it won't tear or wear through easily.
- Versatility is essential. You want to choose pieces that can mix and match within your wardrobe, so choosing a lot of patterned clothing is not likely to give you the interchangeability that you need. Stick with solid pieces and add in a few fun splashes of color or patterns to keep your closet trendy.
- Look at what you already have. Before you go out and purchase all new clothing, scan your closet and drawers for what you've got. Toss the stuff that doesn't fit or flatter your body or doesn't have the proper construction to endure a lot of wear. Set aside those pieces you love and feel great in, then go out and pick up the essentials you are missing.
You really should look at your capsule wardrobe as a collection of things you love. Just as you would with the bowl of seashells on your table or the old British classics on your bookshelf. You are curating a collection of clothing pieces that you adore and don't want to live without.
This is the break-down of what you need for your collection. These pieces can be worn in both day and night looks.
The Basics are the building blocks of your wardrobe. These are primarily neutral colors that can mix and match with anything.
- tank or camisole, black and white
- short sleeved tee, black and white
- long sleeved shirt, black and white
- button-down shirt or blouse, white
- a little black dress
- a pencil or a-line skirt
- a cardigan sweater, neutral color
- a crew neck or v-neck sweater, neutral color
- slim-fitting pants or trousers, black and/or gray
- chinos, khaki or stone
- jeans, dark wash in a classic fit
- jeans, light wash in a boyfriend fit
- skinny jeans, dark wash
- a denim jacket, classic fit
- a lightweight leather jacket or trench coat, neutral color
- classic pumps or heels, black
- ballet flats, neutral color or metallic
- tall boots, black or brown
- a classic structured bag, neutral color
The Add-Ons are fun pieces that are colorful or patterned that can be paired with the basics to make your look more interesting. These particular pieces are geared towards the spring and summer closet. I'll share my fall and winter add-ons later in the year.
- a boldly-patterned top, sleeveless or short sleeve so they can be layered under a cardigan for a more polished look
- an ornate or embellished blouse, 3/4 or long sleeve work best for the spring
- a print dress, perhaps a maxi style
- a fun party dress, think "little pink dress"
- a flouncy skirt in a fun color or print
- a denim skirt
- a cardigan sweater, seasonal color
- jeans, white in a classic fit
- capri or cropped pants, denim or neutral color
- slim-fitting pants, seasonal color or pattern
- shorts, denim and/or khaki
- strappy heels
- sandals, flat and/or wedge
- an evening bag
MY SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE
Here's a quick peek at my own capsule wardrobe that I curated after a major closet purge I did earlier this year. This officially checks off #4 on my 101 in 1001 list!
Do you like the idea of a capsule wardrobe? Have you ever curated one?