Curating a Capsule Wardrobe

How often do you waste precious time in the morning trying on several tops and bottoms, in the hope of finding the perfect outfit to wear? The frustration of leaving behind a mountain of clothing in your wake, as you rush off late for work is simply not worth it. A very effective way of reducing wardrobe decision fatigue, is to create a capsule wardrobe, consisting of only and all of your favourite items.

A capsule wardrobe can be described as a basic collection of coordinating clothes that can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits, suitable for most occasions.

A couple years ago, after much frustration with myself for spending way too much money on clothing that didn’t actually suit my body type, skin tone or lifestyle, I decided to consolidate my personal style of dressing. I started to purposefully curate a capsule wardrobe for myself, where I could pair my pieces indefinitely.

So here are a few tips I picked up along the way:

Decide to dress with less.

This will save you money and create more space in your cupboard, to actually find those things that you do love.

Buy quality.

With purposeful restraint from impulse shopping, you will be able to afford a few quality items each season.

Invest in key basics

This would include a few pairs of pants that really fit you well, including a tailored pair or two. Add to this a number of basic t’s and at least 3 blazers that you love, a little black dress and voila!, your basics are in place!

Pick a palette

Choose a handful of colours that work for your skin tone and stick to them. I have built my wardrobe around mostly white, grey, navy and black. My secondary colours are khaki, denim blue and off-white.

Accentuate

Choose strong accent colours for your accessories, else life can become a bit bland. I love touches of emerald green, pink and red.

Accessorise

Good quality costume jewelry and scarves are your best friends. Easy to travel with, they can change the look of your outfit in an instant.

Take ca re

Invest in good hangers. With the newfound luxury of space in your cupboard, it’s such a treat to display your clothes beautifully. (and PLEASE banish all wire hangers, seriously! They look horrible and they can damage your clothes).

Pick your key pieces

Make a list of key items that you would love to add to your wardrobe and keep that in your purse. When next out shopping, refer back to the list and treat yourself to an items on the list. I promise, the feeling of personal achievement when you stick to your list is well worth it!

Once the key pieces of your wardrobe are in place, you can have fun with the pieces you require for special occasions. Enjoy!

Would you be interested in creating a capsule wardrobe? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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