How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Guest Post by Casey Pontrelli

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Sometimes, when it comes to fashion and your sense of style, less is more! We love the idea of capsule wardrobes, which are all about practicality and making your fashion choices easy. Some reasons to start a capsule wardrobe include reducing decision fatigue and creating more time and space to do what matters.

Whether you’re too busy to worry about fashion day after day, you’re working with a tight budget, or fashion just isn’t your thing, a capsule wardrobe is perfect for you. The trend started with Caroline Rector of un-fancy.com, and we couldn’t be more obsessed. She makes a minimalist lifestyle look so easy! And, with a couple tricks, it really can be. Check out these tips for starting your own capsule wardrobe!

Classic Silhouettes

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

When you start your capsule wardrobe, you should start with classic silhouettes that you know look good on you. If you prefer skinny jeans, straight-leg trousers, or A-line skirts, stick with those! Take stock of what you already have and what you might need to fill out your bottoms. Classic silhouettes also include styles of dresses, tops, and jackets. Pick the fits that work best for you, that you already have, and that you know you look great in.

Color Schemes

When you’re picking the color scheme for your capsule wardrobe, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First of all, which season are you creating this capsule for? This should inform your color choices – spring means pastels, summers are for bright colors, fall means warm, earthy colors, and winters are for icy shades and dark jewel tones. Choose one or two colors that you’re drawn to (or that you have in your closet already!) and neutrals that go with it. Matching is key here – you want to be able to wear any of your pieces with any of the others. Mix-and-match is the key to capsule wardrobes!

Must-Have Jackets

The right jacket can be totally transformative to your outfit. It can take an outfit from day to night, from one season to the next. A bomber jacket, a gorgeous neutral cardigan, and a stylish peacoat are all great options. Shop your closet for your favorite jackets in neutral colors for the perfect transformative jacket. If you’re thinking of adding a statement jacket to your capsule wardrobe, make sure that the pattern matches your color scheme and the majority of the other clothing you’ve picked out – remember, versatility is key!

Classic LBD

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Of course, no wardrobe is complete without at least one little black dress. Choose a dress that can be dressed up or down, depending on the outerwear, shoes, and accessories you pair with it. Shifts, fit and flare, and wrap dresses are great options to have in your capsule wardrobe, as they’re so universally flattering.

Versatile Shoes

Shoes are my favorite part of my wardrobe. If I had it my way, I’d probably have a separate closet just for my shoes! Unfortunately, that doesn’t really go with the concept of a capsule wardrobe, so here are a couple shoes that are necessities: a pair of sneakers, for both the gym and days you feel like rocking the athleisure look; some neutral booties, because they’re just so cute and go with anything; a pair of flats, for workdays and for those chic little outfits you’re going to wear out; and a gorgeous pair of heels for your fancier days.

Cute Accessories

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Last but not least: accessories! When it comes to capsule wardrobes, simplicity is key. Choose necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings that you know will go with anything, staying away from those statement pieces you know and love. Simple pendants, a pair of classy hoops, bangles, and stackable rings are your best friends in a capsule wardrobe. It’s recommended that you to one metal to ensure that everything is interchangeable.

Live Simply

Starting a capsule wardrobe is a great method for cleaning the clothes you never wear out of your closet, and keeping your day-to-day fashion choices easy. If you’re planning to start a capsule wardrobe, let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear all about how you’re taking charge of your wardrobe and starting to live simply.

Author Bio:

Casey is a freelance writer and content strategist. Casey has worked with a number of brands, including Red Tulip Boutique, revitalizing their online social and shopping channels. 

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