Having more options isn't always better. Take the guesswork out of choosing outfits every morning by paring down your selection to timeless classics. This will not only save you time and money, it's also more environmentally friendly.
When curating your capsule wardrobe, here are a few important tips to remember.
First, we suggest you make a list of the primary outfit categories that are most relevant to your lifestyle; for example, work, weekends, special occasions, lounge and the gym. Make sure you have capsule items that suit each activity on your list—better yet, items that work across several activities.
A capsule wardrobe's primary purpose is to pare down your closet and have fewer pieces that work harder for you. Investing in quality pieces is critical to ensure that these items will stand the test of time. Look for quality materials and well-constructed garments with care instructions that are attainable for your lifestyle. You may love that dry-clean-only mohair jacket, but perhaps you opt for a different, washable material.
Color + Pattern
To achieve a cohesive wardrobe where you can mix and match pieces, you must be selective with colors. Choose black or navy as your base and add a few neutral colors such as white, beige, camel or gray. Then select your preferred accent colors (or not, if you want a minimal wardrobe). Finally, pick one or two patterns to incorporate. Pattern mixing can be tricky, but if you have coordinated colors and vary the patterns' size, you're golden.
Don't forget about the accessories in your capsule wardrobe! Accessories make a huge difference in finishing your look, and they're great investment pieces that you won't have to buy often.
To help you visualize what your own capsule could look like, we've created three unique styled wardrobes below. See how you can make the most of your closet with just 10 items. Going back to basics doesn't have to be boring!
Simple pieces can still make an impact, especially in the workplace. The key here is focusing on tailored items such as a classic trench coat, structured blazer and pencil skirt. Mix in feminine details with silk blouses and flattering knee-length dresses for a polished and sophisticated look. These versatile items will always be in style, and they pair together perfectly in multiple variations.
Casual & Sporty
If comfort is your highest priority when getting dressed, this one's for you. Look for items that are practical and relaxed, yet still modern. Elevate your athleisure capsule through thoughtful color blocking, striping and a cohesive color story. A white sneaker is a capsule wardrobe necessity for any lifestyle, and especially important for a casual look.
A capsule wardrobe doesn't have to be entirely neutral. Feel free to inject pops of color into everyday classics with a unique midi dress, patterned blouse or printed jacket. Again, our tip is to stick with a base color scheme for a cohesive capsule.