Things We Need To Know About Capsule Wardrobe

Hi ladies,

We all have piles of clothing lying around in our wardrobes and they never see the light of the day. Personally for me, I have so many clothes, but still nothing to wear (girl problems :P). So, let us try to de-clutter our wardrobe and find out what exactly is capsule wardrobe.

It was a term coined by Susie Faux, who was the owner of a boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. It is a collection of few essential pieces of clothing that lasts through all the seasons with little bit of creativity and fashion sense. The pieces of clothes should be chosen in a way that they will last long and would not go out of fashion. You can add or subtract pieces of clothing according to seasonal changes.

Things We Need To Know About Capsule Wardrobe

Some Rules:

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  • Empty your wardrobe completely. Make a list of all the things that you wear on a daily basis. Get rid of those you do not wear. Trust me, there will be many piece of clothes that you have not worn even once and also you are not going to. Donate those pieces or swap them with friend.
  • You if think you do not have the heart to give away some clothes, then just put them in a box and open it after 3 months to check, if you still have the same feelings towards those clothes.
  • Now, as you know the status of your wardrobe, make a list of all the things that are versatile and will go with your already existing wardrobe. Then, go on a shopping spree.
  • Do not make this a reason to go shopping unnecessarily, as your wardrobe must be having almost all the pieces to last you through one season. Shop for only those clothes or shoes that you really need and not want.

Essentials for Capsule Wardrobe:

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These are the essentials for the whole year and not just one season. You can add or subtract clothes according to the season’s requirements.

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Clothes:

Three Plain T-Shirts:

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Choose them in different colours and prints. Look for quality in the fabric, as low quality fabric tends to wear out quickly.

3 Full Sleeved Tops or Tees:

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They are great to wear underneath those sweaters and jackets.

2 White Button Down Shirt:

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You can wear this shirt with a pair of trousers or a fitted pencil skirt paired with pumps.

A Little Black Dress:

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You will be able to wear this to many occasions, if you accessorise it properly and pair with other pieces of cloth to give it more dimensions.

2 Blazers:

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You need 2 crisp blazers, ideally one in black that is tailored well. You can wear a blazer over your work clothes or even your LBD and it is bound to look good and put together.

Jeans or Ankle Pants:

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You will wear them the most, so make sure your jeans fit your body well and make sure your bum looks great in them.

A Day Dress:

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It would be great to wear it, when you go for a day out with your friends. Choose the one in quirky prints and comfortable fabric.

2 Skirts or Shorts:

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They are a personal choice. You might or might not like to show your legs. If you do, then choose a skirt or shorts that flatter your body type the most.

A Cardigan:

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A cardigan can be worn upon jeans, skirts, trousers or even your LBD. You just have to know, how? It will also keep you warm in those winter months.

2 Sweaters:

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You can layer your sweater under your blazer or coat, when it is quite chilly outside. Sweaters look really feminine and are extremely comfortable.

Trench Coat:

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It is not only stylish, but also very versatile. If you do not think trench coats are your calling, then you can also go for woollen jackets or puff jackets.

Accessories and Shoes:

3 Pairs of Flats:

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To make your life easier, you can choose from ballerina flats to flip flops.

3 Pairs of Heels:

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Get them in white, beige and black to fulfil all your work, casual and occasional needs.

2 Pair of Boots:

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For those winter months, the choices ranges from ankle boots to stylish booties.

A Pair of Trainers:

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For your gym and sports needs.

3-4 Scarves:

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Get them in different patterns, colours and fabrics from cotton to woollen for different seasons.

2-3 Belts:

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Choose belts that are classy and will go with the colour scheme of all your clothes. A belt is a must to define the waist properly.

You can add statement necklaces, bracelets, chunky rings or any piece of jewellery to further extend the style quotient. You can choose different kinds of bags to complete your overall look. Do not forget, less is always more. Capsule wardrobe means going minimalistic, but still having all the pieces to look stylish, but not wasting time looking for suitable piece of clothes from a pile of unnecessary clothes.

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