how to create the perfect capsule wardrobe

how to create a capsule wardrobe

top: red dress | shorts: revolve

Hey there! This past March I launched my first capsule wardrobe and it was such a hit! As the years have gone by, my desire to keep up with fast fashion has significantly decreased and my desire for a smaller, wearable wardrobe has increased. My idea behind creating capsule wardrobes was to show you how to create multiple outfits from a select amount of pieces. The prices would range from super affordable to investment pieces to carry you through multiple seasons (think a classic pair of jeans).

It was so fun launching my March wardrobe, but then the world changed…COVID19 changed all of our lives. Out of respect for varying financial budgets during the pandemic, I decided not to share a capsule wardrobe for April or May. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve just found that having a solid wardrobe of pieces you can mix and mingle not only saves you money, but it saves you time, too!

So, on June 1st I’ll be launching my June capsule wardrobe and styling outfits from my capsule all month long! I’m super pumped and hope that it will inspire you to spend less and learn how to style pieces from your closet multiple ways! My hope with these capsule wardrobes is that you’ll be able to use pieces you already have in your closet and that I’ll be a good resource should you need something new!

how to create a capsule wardrobe

Since we’re on the subject of capsule wardrobes, I thought it might be fun to share how exactly to go about creating a capsule wardrobe. It sounds like a daunting task at first, but it’s really quite easy (and fun)!

how to create a capsule wardrobe:

  • neutral in nature – think of your capsule wardrobe as basics you can build on. These pieces will serve as a blank slate to which you can style with different shoes or accessories. If you keep your capsule wardrobe neutral, it will be much easier to create multiple outfits. Think white, beige, black, brown, or grey.
  • identify your outfit categories – before you start selecting pieces to include in your capsule, think about the type of outfits you will need. What do you wear the most? What does your day-to-day schedule look like? Is your work environment business professional or business casual? Do you wear atheleisure a lot? Are you wearing loungewear more right now? Do you need dressy looks or casual looks?
  • personal style – another factor to take into consideration is your personal style. Make sure the pieces you select are piece you’ll feel comfortable in and will want to wear. I gravitate toward both feminine pieces and everyday casual pieces so I know I need to include both of those types of items in my capsule.
  • can be worn multiple ways – make sure the items you select can be styled multiple ways. There may be one piece of clothing that you love, but it may not lend itself to many outfit options. For example, I have a pink tiered dress that I have loved for years, but it’s one of those dresses that makes a statement when you wear it. It’s also a big too night for my day-to-day activities, so it would be a poor choice for my capsule wardrobe.
  • are you comfortable – the last thing you need to consider when building a capsule wardrobe is comfort! If you’re selecting pieces you plan on wearing all month or all season long, you want to make sure you’re comfortable in them. And not just comfortable, but confident, too!