A ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ is a well considered selection of clothes and accessories that work together beautifully, and offer a wealth of stylish and appropriate dressing options with the minimum number of items and fuss.
Emphasis is placed on a base of core pieces, a key colour palette, quality fabrics and stylish accessories. It is a way of dressing that can be adapted to suit all budgets and requires the wearer to adopt a clear, disciplined and methodical approach to shopping, dressing and combining pieces.
As a rule quality classics are key, however it is essential that the ‘prescribed’ style is true to the wearers’ lifestyle, budget, figure, taste and personality. Simple additions can have great impact on how the wardrobe functions.
For example; a leopard-print silk chiffon scarf will add evening flamboyance to a sharp black business suit when impromptu post-work drinks ensue. Alternatively a beige cashmere twin set will create a less formal work look with the afore mentioned trousers and leopard print stiletto pumps.
When taking these pieces out of a workwear context, picture pairing the cardigan from the twin set with a white T-shirt and the leopard print scarf? Tan loafers and a matching tote will complement the look for any Saturday shopping trip or lunch date.
This gives just a tiny example of how easy it is to dress well for any occasion when a wardrobe is made up of interchangeable pieces.
Inevitably of course clever shopping runs alongside owning a capsule wardrobe. I recommend that ONLY when a wardrobe has been streamlined, a personal style defined and the wardrobe gaps evident, should the new Capsule Wardrobe owner go shopping. Always take a list and never stray from this unless you see an exceptional piece that will add to the functionality of the rest of the wardrobe content.
I will close by saying that you do not have to spend a fortune on your wardrobe, it is more about knowing when to invest and when to save. For example a Burberry Mac will prove a lifelong wardrobe classic, whereas a white shirt will always discolour regardless of price. Jeans are just denim, so I would take care to select on fit and colour rather than brand and accessories are the golden key to transitional dressing.
Learn to embrace the sales, designer outlets and online shopping as these offer fantastic designer bargains all year round. Also look at Aladdin’s cave type shops such as TKMaxx and Net-a-Porter owned outlet site Yoox.com.
I will produce more pages and posts on how to create your very own Capsule Wardrobe from scratch, so do keep reading. Also please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any style questions, wardrobe dilemmas or comments.